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Stephen M. Graham

Stephen M. Graham

Fenwick & West LLP

Seattle, WA, USA


Stephen Graham is co-chair of Fenwick & West's Life Sciences Practice, and is a partner in the corporate group. He is resident in the firm's Seattle office, where he is the Managing Partner.

Mr. Graham focuses his practice in the areas of private and public mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, and corporate governance matters, including advising boards of directors and audit, compensation and nominating/corporate governance committees, preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports, and other securities law compliance, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters and disclosure issues with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD. 

His diverse practice is focused on the representation of emerging and established high growth companies. Mr. Graham has represented companies and investment banks in numerous initial public offerings, a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions, and private offerings of debt and equity.

Mr. Graham has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyers in Washington. He is also a "Super Lawyer" award recipient, 2000 - 2012, was ranked as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in 2005 by Washington Law & Politics, received the Top Lawyers award from Seattle Magazine in 2003, is listed in Who's Who in America by Marquis Biographical Reference, and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. Mr. Graham was also recognized as a "Life Sciences Superstar" for his outstanding transactional work in Euromoney's LMG Life Sciences 2012.

In 2011, Mr. Graham was appointed co-chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. He is active in community affairs, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Institute for Systems Biology and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association, where he serves on the Executive Committee. Mr. Graham also serves as a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Council of Iowa State University.

Mr. Graham received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his J.D. from Yale University School of Law. He is a member of the state bar of Washington.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Graham was a corporate partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he was the chair of the global Corporate Practice Group.

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