Steve Smith, Founding Partner
Steve is passionate about helping women and LGBT entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. He is on the executive committee of Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee, and on the board of Artemisia Theater, which supports and empowers women in theater. He is also a member of the LGBT chamber of commerce.
Steve lives in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Cathy, and their three dogs: Harry, Maggie and Lola. Steve and Cathy have a son, Andrew, a daughter, Jenny, and a grandson, Holden. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Mendel Catholic High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and attended the University of Santa Clara Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.
Steve and his colleagues have practiced at some of the largest firms in the world: Sidley, McGuire Woods, and Bryan Cave. For the past several years, Steve has focused solely on representing visionary and innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses with all of their legal needs. He has now “hung out his shingle” as the founding partner of Legal Ally.
In addition to his work as a business counselor, Steve has been at the forefront of coaching and talent development efforts in the firms at which he has served. He believes the future of the legal profession depends on its ability to attract and develop diverse talent.
Your Legal Ally
We will always take the time to answer your legal questions and offer you sound advice to help you grow and develop your business. We don't just help you when you have a legal problem; we are always here for you. Our experienced team of attorneys will stand beside you; while we guide you, and help you build a stronger company. We can offer business, financial, and legal advice. We want to be the one place you go when you need help with any legal business needs.
Always by Your Side, Helping Your Business Grow
If you are just starting your company, we can help you write a business proposal. If you already have a business proposal, we will review it and help you develop it into a stronger business plan. We will even assist you in securing funding for your company. We can help you plan for and manage your company's growth. We will help you map out a strong business development plan. We can help you succeed and we will fight to protect your intellectual property rights. We will write out contracts if you need to buy or sell a product or rights to other products. If you find yourself in litigation, we will help negotiate a settlement agreement. If you are in a price dispute with a customer we will help you negotiate a settlement in those cases, too.
We will work beside you as a strategic partner who will work to protect you. We will always help you develop and grow your business along the way. We will help you come up with a marketing and/or distribution plans so your business can be successful.
Legal Ally offers you over 36 years of legal experience, from attorneys with global law firm experience, to help guide you and help you protect your company. We want to see you succeed!