Corporate and Transactional Law

Satterlee Stephens LLP has a rich history of assisting domestic and foreign clients in achieving both their day-to-day and long-term corporate strategic goals.

  • Banking: The banking practice provides a full range of legal services for domestic and foreign borrowers, lenders, and trustees in New York, New Jersey and other states, ranging from credit document preparation and review to all facets of federal and state regulatory work.
  • Commercial lending: Our law firm represents the rights of corporations during commercial lending transactions and litigation should disputes arise.
  • Corporate finance and securities: We represent a wide assortment of industries regarding banking, public finance, natural resources and energy, equipment leasing and investment funding.
  • Corporate governance and counseling: Our attorneys advise corporations on the steps to take regarding day-to-day operations that will keep businesses away from costly and unnecessary litigation.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: The Firm has assisted a large number of public and private corporations in planning for and executing strategic reorganization programs through a series of transactions which include corporate acquisitions (stock and asset), mergers (reverse, shadow and their permutations), reorganization through the recapitalization and reclassification of both debt and equity, corporate spin-offs and asset dispositions. We have advised parties in transactions ranging in size from under $1 million to over $1 billion and involving a wide variety of businesses.
  • Public finance: We have represented virtually every sector of the public finance market, including tax exempt and taxable financing entities.
  • Real estate: Our lawyers understand every aspect of real estate, tax, banking, corporate and bankruptcy law, and can resolve such matters effectively.
  • Sports law: We have represented national sports leagues, teams, broadcasters, publications and promoters regarding sports-related issues.

Thomas Scot Wolinetz

Thomas Scot Wolinetz is an associate at Satterlee Stephens LLP.


He concentrates his practice in the area of corporate law with a focus on corporate and finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and finance and corporate governance.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wolinetz was an associate at a prominent Manhattan law firm and a Legal Intern at the New York office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement.

Rina R. Patel

Rina R. Patel is an associate at Satterlee Stephens LLP.

Ms. Patel practices corporate and securities law and focuses her practice on representing clients in domestic and cross-border stock and asset acquisitions and sales, mergers, joint ventures and public offerings as well as in assisting with corporate governance, commercial contract and public company disclosure related matters.

Michael D. Baird

Michael Baird is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, public finance and banking. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baird was an associate in the corporate department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Mr. Baird is admitted to practice in New York.

Mr. Baird earned his undergraduate degree (A.B.) from Princeton University, his master of business administration (M.B.A.) from Villanova University, and his law degree (J.D.) from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a James Kent Scholar.

Sally R. Semonite

Sally R. Semonite is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

Ms. Semonite’s practice is concentrated primarily with all aspects of real estate transactions and commercial finance.

Ms. Semonite is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

William R. Ziegler

William R. Ziegler is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

He has practiced corporate, banking and securities law since 1968.  Mr. Ziegler holds directorships in several corporations, including Grey Wolf, Inc., Geokinetics Inc., Flotek Industries, Inc. Somerset Production Co., Vesta Corp. and La Crosse Milling Company.  He specializes in financial, transactional and regulatory matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, commercial and industrial financing transactions, workouts and debt restructurings, and securities offerings. 

H. Gerard Seitz

Howard G. Seitz is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

Mr. Seitz has practiced in the field of business and commercial law, principally dealing with privately held companies and the people who control them, and this has led him into also working in the trusts and estates field.

Mr. Seitz is admitted to practice in New York and Florida and before the Federal Court in the Southern District of New York.  He is a member of the board of directors of various privately held companies, including companies in the fuel cell business, wire and cable industry and agriculture.

Marybeth Riordan

Marybeth Riordan is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of general corporate, business and securities law, with emphasis on transactional and regulatory matters.

Peter S. Smedresman

Peter Smedresman is a Partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

Mr. Smedresman represents major international financial institutions and multinational businesses with their corporate finance needs, including debt finance, capital markets transactions, sovereign risk and derivatives. He also regularly advises banks and other financial institutions with respect to regulatory matters, including analysis of new activities and financial products.

J. Gregory Saver

J. Gregory Saver is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

Mr. Saver represents buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers and developers in transactions including the purchasing, sale, financing and development of commercial and residential real property.  He also represents both landlords and tenants in commercial and retail leasing transactions including representation of a nationwide retail tenant and a large national commercial tenant. 

Dwight A. Kinsey

Dwight A. Kinsey is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP.

Mr. Kinsey concentrates in the areas of corporate and public finance.  He has over 30 years of experience in handling all types of corporate and securities matters, including both domestic and foreign public and private offerings, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic collaborations.  Mr. Kinsey has represented a number of companies from incorporation through their initial public offering and beyond, including numerous follow on debt and equity offerings.

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