Steve is partner-in-charge of Taft's Minneapolis office, and was the president and managing partner of Briggs and Morgan, P.A. until its combination with Taft on Jan. 1, 2020. Throughout his 25 years with the firm, Steve has served in a number of other leadership roles including firm chair, practice group leader and as a member of the board of directors and executive committee. He is also a member of the newly formed Distressed Company Task Force that was created to assist borrower clients in every way, including how to navigate discussions with their lenders and in addressing concerns over suppliers and stakeholders. Please reach out to him with any questions on how he can counsel you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A noted practitioner in the areas of banking and finance, capital markets and real estate, Steve’s strong business acumen informs his approach to building a sustainable firm that responds nimbly and meets the needs of clients today and long into the future.
Mezzanine and Junior Capital Finance
Steve regularly represents mezzanine funds and other junior capital providers in connection with their debt and equity investments, including unitranche and second-lien financings. During the past two decades, he has represented fund clients on dozens of subordinated debt and equity investments, ranging from $2 million to in excess of $100 million. These transactions have involved manufacturers and service providers in a wide variety of industries, including engineering, agricultural, technology and service.
Professional Sports & Stadiums
Steve counsels professional sports teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Wild on real estate, financing and other related projects.
He represented the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings in connection with the financing, development and operation of U.S. Bank Stadium, a $1.1 billion, 66,000 seat multi-use facility located in downtown Minneapolis. Steve also represented the team and its ownership on their 194-acre mixed-use development of the former Northwest Airlines Headquarters site in Eagan, Minn. The project included the financing and construction of TCO Performance Center, the Viking’s state-of-the-art headquarters and training facility, and a 356,000 square foot, 320 room conference-center hotel.
Steve also served as counsel to MLB’s Minnesota Twins in the issuance of an aggregate $210 million in project revenue bonds used to finance the development and construction of Target Field, a $550 million, 40,000 seat professional baseball stadium also located in downtown Minneapolis. This representation included advice on structuring the transaction as a project financing; the creation of a new bankruptcy-remote entity to hold certain ballpark-related assets pledged to support the credit; the negotiation of financing agreements and supporting agreements with various governmental entities and the issuance of legal opinions, including a non-consolidation opinion.
Real Estate Financing and Investment
Steve regularly represents real estate industry clients, including public and private real estate investment trusts (REITs), in connection with financings and other capital markets transactions. Representative transactions include representation of a private REIT in connection with a $200 million convertible debt facility and representation of a public REIT in connection with a $450 million unsecured term and revolving loan facility.
Commercial and Corporate Finance
Steve represents lenders and corporate borrowers in complex commercial finance transactions, including working capital and asset-based financing; franchise finance; agricultural finance; and construction, bridge and permanent real estate loan financings.
Loan Restructuring and Workouts
Steve has represented a number of financial institutions and corporate lenders in loan restructuring and workouts and creditors’ rights and remedies issues.
Banking Law and Regulation
Steve advises state and federally chartered financial institutions on the regulatory requirements of the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the FDIC and state regulatory agencies. He has represented bank holding companies with change in control and nonbanking activity notifications under Regulation Y and has served as lead counsel to financial institutions in several mergers and acquisitions, including a $1 billion asset financial institution in its merger with an out-of-state acquirer.
Steve plays an instrumental role in managing the firm’s efforts to provide pro bono services to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.
Steve received his B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was associate articles editor and business administrator for the Minnesota Law Review. He joined Briggs (now Taft) in 1994.
Honoree, Chambers USA: Corporate/M&A
Honoree, Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2017)
Honoree, Super Lawyers, Banking
Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Real Estate Law (2013-present)
All Service Areas
- University of Minnesota Law School (1994)
Associate Articles Editor and Business Administrator, Minnesota Law Review
- University of Wisconsin (1991)
- State - Minnesota
Recent experience includes representation of:
- A large national bank in connection with a $100 million revolving credit facility to a consumer products company and a $50 million revolving loan to an international food products company.
- The asset-based financing subsidiary of a regional bank in connection with dozens of multimillion-dollar revolving credit loans to various manufacturing and service companies.
- A Fortune 1000 company and its subsidiaries in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a $325 million unsecured term and revolving credit facility.
- A large national bank in connection with a $19 million loan to finance the construction of a nationally franchised hotel in Arizona.
- A non-bank lender in connection with a $16 million participated loan to finance the construction of a medical office building.
- mpls downtown council
Member, Board of Directors
- Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP)
Member, Board of Directors
- Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE)
Board of Directors
Member, Board of Directors