Steve Proctor works with clients in negotiating, drafting and closing domestic and international agreements, such as sales, finance, security and intercreditor agreements. Steve’s experience includes capital goods sales and finance, sales and purchase agreements, corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and entity formation. An Illinois “Super Lawyer” in his fourth decade of practice, Steve remains personally dedicated to understanding each client’s unique needs and specific cultural and commercial perspectives.
Prior to the law, Steve served in the U.S. Army, including service in Korea. He also lived and worked in Japan, where he studied Japanese language and culture extensively. As a result, the majority of Steve’s clients are Japanese companies doing business in the U.S. who appreciate that Steve actually lived in Japan and is well-versed in their cultural nuances and often distinct way of doing business.
As Vice Chair of the firm’s Corporate, Finance & Acquisitions practice and a member of the Commercial, Competition & Trade group, Steve is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in the areas of International Business and Trade Law and Closely and Privately Held Business Law. Steve has been published in The Practical Lawyer, Illinois Bar Journal, Lexology, Law360 and The Licensing Journal on topics such as sales contracts, corporate management, contract interpretation and enforcement, arbitration and employment law.
Steve served the community through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services for decades, first at the Hull House Legal Clinic and then at the Asian Human Services Legal Clinic in Chicago. He also volunteers at Citizenship Workshops sponsored by World Relief to interview and screen applicants for naturalization to become U.S. citizens, as well as volunteers at a local homeless shelter. Notably, Steve has been recognized for his dedication to the community with multiple volunteer awards.