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Steven C. Karzmer Partner

Steve counsels clients on a wide range of business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, private equity investments, mezzanine debt financings and forming businesses using corporations and limited liability companies.

STEVE is a partner in Calfee’s corporate and M&A practice groups. Steve also is a chair of the Firm’s ESOP practice group.  His practice focuses on counseling primarily privately-held clients with respect to transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, ESOP formation, and a wide range of general corporate, business and finance matters, including, corporate governance, early-stage investing, and a variety of commercial contracts.  Steve’s clients range from start-ups to public companies and across various industries, including, construction, advertising, finance, software and manufacturing.

Steve also effectively serves as outside general counsel to a number of private companies that do not have in house legal staffs.  As such, Steve advises clients on a wide variety of day to day legal matters, including employment and consulting agreements, noncompetition agreements, executive compensation arrangements and distribution agreements.  For a list of Representative Transactions, click here.

Steve has been a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee since 2014 and is active in community matters in New Albany and Columbus.  He is a student coach for the Handshake Foundation. 

Steve has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law for the past five years.

Prior to joining Calfee, Steve was an associate with the law firms of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City and Lucash, Gesmer & Updegrove in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was a partner with the firm of Goldstein & Manello, P.C. before joining Calfee as a partner in 2000.  He is a member of the Ohio, New York and Massachusetts Bar Associations.