- J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, Order of the Coif, Associate Editor, Minnesota Law Review
- B.A., Yale University, cum laude
- North Dakota
- American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow
- Minnesota Institute of Public Finance
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
Stephen has served as bond counsel for cities, counties, school districts, Indian tribes and special authorities in several states for more than 30 years in connection with various tax-exempt financings.
He has represented underwriters in connection with governmental and private activity tax-exempt financings and provides backup advice for providers of arbitrage rebate calculations.
In his capacity as a public finance lawyer, Stephen helps formulate plans and negotiate agreements for many joint public-private development projects, including development of a biomass generating facility, preparation of tax increment financing plans and negotiation of development agreements for metropolitan area communities such as Maple Grove, Eagan and out-state communities such as Freeborn County, Beltrami County, Gaylord and Pelican Rapids. They have included negotiation of leases and service agreements for such public facilities as sewage treatment facilities.
As Legislative Vice President of the Minnesota Institute of Public Finance for many years, Stephen helped shape legislation affecting Minnesota's available development tools. He also prepared the legislation for the Hennepin County financing of a new ballpark for the Minnesota Twins with sales tax revenue bonds.
- $200 million City of Minneapolis Convention Center Sales Tax Revenue Bonds and subsequent refunding bonds issued to finance a new convention center in Minneapolis.
- $270 million Metropolitan Airports Commission General Obligation Revenue Bonds issued in connection with a purchase and lease back transaction with Northwest Airlines.
- $83,795,000 Hennepin County General Obligation Solid Waste Bonds.
- $115,000,000 Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Electric Revenue Bonds.
- The State Revolving Fund Program of the North Dakota Public Finance Authority which is a revolving fund for local wastewater treatment and drinking water facilities utilizing grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Minnesota School Districts Cash Flow Borrowing Program sponsored by the Minnesota School Boards Association, which is a pooling arrangement for tax and aid anticipation certificates .
- The Best Lawyers in America©, Public Finance Law, 2008-2017, 2020
- The Best Lawyers in America©, Minnesota Public Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2017
- Minnesota Super Lawyers®, Government/Cities/Municipalities, 2011-2013