H. Steven Graham

Mr. Graham concentrates his 40-year firm practice on business and finance, with a principal focus on financial and corporate transactions.

Mr. Graham assists clients with their most important corporate needs, and has notably deep experience working with banks and financial institutions. Having worked with financial institutions of varying size and scope, Mr. Graham presents unique solutions for all aspects of the credit relationship, including loan documentation, restructures, workouts, loan enforcement, and regulatory and operational matters. He also has a broad range of experience in financing for both lender and borrower, including secured and unsecured lending, construction and real estate lending, asset-based financing, and governmental and tax assisted financings.

Additionally, Mr. Graham has built his reputation as a trusted advisor by acting as outside general counsel for numerous private companies who value his insight, experience and advice on corporate and general business matters. He advises these companies in regards to their operations, coordinating and overseeing corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, employment matters, executive compensation, litigation, and other business issues.

Mr. Graham helped shape the former Lathrop Gage Corporate team, and managed that firm's Financial Institutions group for many years. In addition, Mr. Graham is a speaker and panelist at seminars and in-house programs on financing and banking matters and other topics.


  • Moderator, Missouri Bankers Association Annual Bank Legal Issues Conference - November 3, 2009


  • Co-author: Federal Regulations, Missouri Real Estate Practice, Chapter 23, MO Bar CLE Publications, 4th ed., 2000, 2002 Supplement

Professional Affiliations

  • Turnaround Management Association, former member, Chicago Chapter
  • Association for Corporate Growth, former member, Chicago Chapter
  • Risk Management Association, former member, Chicago Chapter
  • MBA Bank, Counsel Section Advisory Board, 2008-2014; Chair, 2009-2010; Vice-Chair, 2008-2009; Legal Issues Conference, Moderator, 2009
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Business Law Committee, Chair, 1997; Vice-Chair, 1996

Community Involvement

  • North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (Highland Park, Illinois), Secretary and Executive Committee Member, 2016-2018
  • The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Tomorrow, Year X Member
  • Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Board of Trustees, member of several committees and former Executive Committee member, 1985-1999
  • Congregation BIAV, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, 2004-2007


  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2005 - 2021
  • Listed in Whos Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating
  • Phi Kappa Phi
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  • Chicago

    155 North Wacker Drive
    Suite 3000
    Chicago, IL 60606-1787
F: 312.920.3301


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Court Memberships

  • Illinois
  • Missouri (Inactive)


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1976

University of Wisconsin, B.S., 1972