Stephen R. Boatwright

Stephen R. Boatwright

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.

Recognized since 2022

Phoenix, Arizona

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

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For more than three decades, Steve has represented companies raising both private and public financing, and buyers and sellers of businesses of all kinds. Whether seeking initial funding, expanding the business through follow on funding or an acquisition, or pursuing an exit strategy through an asset/stock sale or public offering, Steve offers each client the veteran experience, practical judgement and seasoned know-how to realize even the most lofty goals in all phases of financing and growth.

Steve believes it is important to retain skilled counsel when it comes to making critical decisions throughout the life cycle of every business. He knows, from extensive and first-hand experience, that an entrepreneur who creates a start-up requires well-drafted organizational documents, including comprehensive shareholder or operating/partnership agreements. He understands, from many years of representing a broad array of companies, that the management team requires the correct contracts/licenses and agreements to make acquisitions, raise capital and comply with securities laws. Steve has proven time and again that he can deliver the right advice to business owners and shareholders seeking to acquire other companies, sell out or go public.

Ranked among the best transactional attorneys over the course of his career by a variety of organizations, Steve has negotiated and documented over several billion in financing and mergers and acquisitions. He has prepared registration statements (both IPO and secondary) and securities regulatory compliance documents for more than 20 different public companies on the NYSE American (formerly AMEX), NASDAQ and the OTCBB. Throughout his long and successful tenure in Securities law, Steve has developed unique expertise in “shell” reverse merger transactions. Additionally, he has prepared numerous private placement memoranda for technology, biotechnology, bio-agriculture, software, life science, medical device, manufacturing, internet, social media, hospitality and real estate companies.

In addition to his work with operating companies, Steve also represents angel investors. Notably, he has been engaged by investment banking, private equity, venture capital and venture leasing funds, as well as advised and documented fund structures and acquisitions of substantial positions in emerging growth companies.


  • 2575 East Camelback Road, Suite 1100
    Phoenix, AZ 85016


  • English


  • The University of Texas at Austin , J.D., graduated 1989
  • The University of Texas at Austin, M.B.A., graduated 1989
  • Wheaton College, B.A., graduated 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1990

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

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