Steven D. Szuch


Direct: (248) 925-8668

Fax: (248) 928-2314

Detroit Office

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Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Transactions
  • Financial Services & Lending
  • General Corporate
  • Real Estate
  • Technology

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan


  • Wayne State University Law School — Juris Doctor, 1998
  • University of Michigan — Bachelor of Arts, 1993

Corporate Experience:

  • Purchasing & Supplier Development – Prince Corporation (now Johnson Controls)
  • Senior Tax Consultant – PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Vice President, Real Estate – Plante Moran CRESA, LLC
  • Chief Legal Officer – i-llumen Holdings, LLC (and all related entities)

Large Law Firm Experience:

  • Strobl & Sharp, P.C.

Expertise in complex business and real estate transactions, loan documentation and workouts, corporate governance, contracts, and general business/corporate law matters.  Significant experience and success crafting and implementing practical solutions for clients in a number of industry vertical markets across the country.  Regularly negotiate and draft contracts of all shapes and sizes to meet client needs and goals.  Focus on innovation and protection of client interests, while not creating legal roadblocks to achieving stated objectives.

Specialization with regard to advising closely held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in all aspects of business formation and operations.  Representative clients include startups, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, privately held entities, lenders, borrowers, real estate developers, service providers, non-profit organizations and technology companies.

Representation of buyers and sellers with respect to the structuring, financing, negotiation and consummation of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other business combinations.  Experienced in the entire life cycle of such matters, from the planning stage through contract formation, financing, due diligence and closing.

Regularly counsel clients with respect to a wide array of business matters, ranging from internal corporate and company governance and decision-making practices to the many issues relating to company activities with lenders, suppliers, customers/clients, employees and governmental authorities.  Experience advising and assisting clients with ongoing business needs including issues often faced when entering into or terminating relationships with third parties.  Extensive knowledge with regard to business planning and structuring.

Negotiate and draft commercial, industrial and residential real estate purchase and sale transactions, as well as leases on behalf of commercial tenants and landlords. Possess expertise in financing and title matters relating to such transactions.  Experience in state-level credit and incentive evaluation and reward processes.

Regularly deliver advice on various technology matters and agreements, from both the service provider and customer point of view.  Experience with development of requests for proposal, negotiating agreements with vendors, negotiating subsequent schedules, statements of work and amendments or terminations of agreements.

Extensive experience preparing bank loan documentation and conducting due diligence activities, and regularly represent lenders, borrowers and guarantors in these matters.  Skilled at the loan workout process including forbearance agreements and collateral management.

Recipient of the Evans Scholarship, sponsored by the Western Golf Association – Evans Scholars Foundation (1989-1993).  Director of the WGA-ESF (2007-present) to support fundraising and development activities.