Steve Karzmer, a Partner with Calfee's Corporate and Capital Markets practice group, counsels clients on a wide range of business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, private equity investments, mezzanine debt financings and forming businesses using corporations and limited liability companies.
Steve also is a leader of the firm’s ESOP group. His practice focuses on counseling primarily privately held company clients with respect to transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, ESOP formation and a wide range of general corporate, business and finance matters, including corporate governance, early-stage investing and a variety of commercial contracts.
Steve also effectively serves as outside general counsel to a number of private companies that do not have in-house legal departments. As such, Steve advises clients on a wide variety of day-to-day legal matters, including employment and consulting agreements, non-competition agreements, executive compensation arrangements, and distribution agreements.
Steve’s clients range from start-ups to public companies and across various industries, including construction, advertising, finance, software and manufacturing.
Steve has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2013-2022). He was recognized as the Best Lawyers 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Columbus, Ohio.
Steve has been a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee since 2014. He is active in community matters in New Albany and Columbus. He is a student coach for the Handshake Foundation.
Prior to joining Calfee, Steve was an associate with the law firms of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City and Lucash, Gesmer & Updegrove in Boston. He was a partner with the firm of Goldstein & Manello, P.C. before joining Calfee as a partner in 2000. He is a member of the Ohio, New York and Massachusetts Bar Associations.