Stephen Richer

Stephen Richer

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201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Stephen Richer is a member of the firm’s business transactions group, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He works within a wide variety of industries—from agriculture to SaaS technologies to innovative transportation projects.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Arizona Humanities, Board Member
  • Phoenix Lawyers' Chapter of The Federalist Society, Board Member
  • The Harlan Institute and Fantasy SCOTUS, Board Member
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Industry Fellow, 2017-2018

Representative Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented private family in sale of its network of healthcare facilities in the western United States to a private equity fund based.
  • Represented Korean private equity fund in proposed acquisition of a large US-based manufacturing company.
  • Represented California industrial manufacturer in sale of assets to domestic private equity company.


  • Structured investment in company developing innovative skincare product.
  • Drafted various contracts, agreements, and policies for assisted living community.

Startups and New Technologies

  • Acted as outside general counsel for startup parking company.
  • Acted as counsel for startup web-based mentoring company.
  • Represented new innovative rail transportation company in its regulatory compliance, land negotiations, and other legal matters.
  • Represented large retail company in the development of its web-based delivery system.
  • Represented cryptocurrency exchange in its regulatory compliance, including anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) compliance.
  • Represented foreign cryptocurrency exchange in the necessary corporate work for its introduction to the US market.


  • Conducted investigation into allegations of misconduct by athletics department of public university.
  • Conducted multiple investigations into allegations of unlawful conduct by managers of large retail company.
  • Represented tax nonprofit organization as amicus curiae in political litigation concerning an Arizona tax initiative known as "Invest in Ed."
  • Produced report for Arizona development organization on the economic development tools available to Arizona cities and counties.
  • Represented large agricultural company in various farm disputes, export questions, foreign law questions, and FDA/USDA concerns.


  • The Thomas B. Mulroy Prize, For Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and Oral Argument - The University of Chicago Law School
  • The Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award, For Exceptional Contribution to the Quality of Life at the Law School - The University of Chicago Law School
  • The Donald Egan Scholar Award, to a Student Who Has a Reputation for Integrity - The University of Chicago Law School
  • USA Today All-American Academic Team - Tulane University
  • Presidential Service Award, Gold Class, from President George W. Bush - Tulane University
  • Tulane 34 Club for Top 34 Graduates of Unified Graduation - Tulane University
  • William Perry Award for Top 10 GPA of School of Liberal Arts - Tulane University

Other Info


J.D., University of Chicago Law School
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., summa cum laude, Tulane University, Phi Beta Kappa

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