Steven J. Gray is a corporate securities and bond lawyer representing a diverse group of clients, including governmental units, financial firms and businesses. He has over 25 years’ experience practicing at some of the largest law firms in the country.
A significant component of Mr. Gray’s practice involves representing issuers and underwriters in bond financings for municipalities and charitable organizations, often acting in the role of disclosure counsel. His public finance experience covers:
- general obligations bonds
- water and sewer bonds
- sales tax bonds
- tax increment financing bonds
- special service area bonds
- university dormitory bonds
- equipment financing
- senior and assisted living facilities bonds
Mr. Gray counts among his municipal clients the City of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Public Schools and various municipal bond underwriters.
Mr. Gray also assists business clients in navigating an array of corporate matters that include:
- mergers and acquisitions
- securities offerings
- business formation
- stockholder/operating agreements
- corporate governance
- private equity and fund formation
- commercial loans
- investments and investment management
- SEC and FINRA regulation
His corporate clientele includes startups, development stage businesses, middle market companies, private equity funds, investment banks, investment advisers and family offices. Mr. Gray often serves as outside general counsel for many of his business clients.
Mr. Gray received his JD from Case Western University School of Law, his MBA (finance) from the University of Notre Dame, and his BA (liberal studies) from the University of Notre Dame. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar and is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the America Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.
Mr. Gray is committed to civic and charitable activities. He served for many years as president and board member of SGA Youth and Family Services, a mental health and counseling organization serving youth and adolescents in Chicago Public Schools. Mr. Gray also represents as pro bono counsel a community family medical clinic, an earth conservation cooperative and a young adult food and body image advocacy group. He is also active in the arts community as counsel to artists, curators and museums.