Biography

Steve is a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he practices out of the Firm’s Palo Alto office.  From 2009 – 2012, Steve was the CEO of the Firm.  Steve has served as an advisor to the SEC and Nasdaq on a variety of securities law, governance, financial reporting and capital formation matters.  He was extensively involved in the development of Nasdaq’s rules with respect to corporate governance reform and other listing standards, and served as Co-Chair of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council.  Steve was a member of the SEC Advisory Committee on smaller public companies, which was charged with evaluating the current securities regulatory system, including the impact of the Sarbanes Oxley Act.  Many of the Committee’s recommendations have since been adopted as rule changes by the SEC.  

Steve served as one of two attorneys on the IPO Task Force where he was extensively involved in designing the IPO-related provisions of the Jobs Act of 2012, including confidential submissions and testing the waters. 

From 2002 – 2009, Steve was a lecturer on corporate and securities law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he designed and taught the Venture Capital and IPO Law course.  He has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. 

Steve has published many articles in the areas of securities law and corporate governance.  Steve was recently elected to his second term as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Board of Directors.  He was the Co-Chair of PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in New York from 2007 – 2011.

In 2005, Steve was appointed as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies. This select committee was charged with evaluating the current securities regulatory system relating to governance, disclosure, financial reporting, internal controls, and capital formation for smaller public companies, including the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The SEC Advisory Committee's final report was delivered to the SEC on April 23, 2006. Steve served as chairman of the Governance and Disclosure Subcommittee of the SEC Advisory Committee. Many of the Advisory Committee's recommendations have since been adopted as proposed and final rule changes by the SEC.

From 2002 to 2009, Steve was a lecturer on corporate and securities law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he designed and taught the "Venture Capital and IPO Law" course. He also has been a guest lecturer at Stanford Law School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

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