H. Steven Graham

Mr. Graham has dedicated his career – spanning 40 years – to Lathrop Gage. He concentrates his practice on business and finance, with a principal focus on financial and corporate transactions.

Mr. Graham assists clients with their most important corporate needs, and has notably deep experience working with banks and financial institutions. Having worked with financial institutions of varying size and scope, Mr. Graham presents unique solutions for all aspects of the credit relationship, including loan documentation, restructures, workouts, loan enforcement, and regulatory and operational matters. He also has a broad range of experience in financing for both lender and borrower, including secured and unsecured lending, construction and real estate lending, asset-based financing, and governmental and tax assisted financings.

Additionally, Mr. Graham has built his reputation as a trusted advisor by acting as outside general counsel for numerous private companies who value his insight, experience and advice on corporate and general business matters. He advises these companies in regards to their operations, coordinating and overseeing corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, employment matters, executive compensation, litigation, and other business issues.

Mr. Graham has helped shape the Corporate Team at Lathrop Gage, and managed the Financial Institutions Department at the firm for many years. In addition, Mr. Graham is a speaker and panelist at seminars and in-house programs on financing and banking matters and other topics.

Court Memberships

  • Illinois
  • Missouri (Inactive)


  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2005 - 2020
  • Listed in Whos Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member of the North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois, 2016
  • Turnaround Management Association - Chicago Chapter, Member 
  • Association for Corporate Growth - Chicago Chapter, Member
  • Risk Management Association - Chicago Chapter, Member 
  • MBA Bank Counsel Section Advisory Board, Member 2008-2014, Chair 2009-2010, Vice Chair 2008-2009
  • MBA Bank Legal Issues Conference (2009), Moderator
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), Business Law Committee, Chair 1997; Vice-Chair 1996
  • Kansas City Tomorrow, Year X Member
  • Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Board of Trustees, member of several committees, and former Executive Committee member, 1985-1999
  • Congregation BIAV, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, 2004-2007


  • Co-author: Federal Regulations, Missouri Real Estate Practice, Chapter 23, MO Bar CLE Publications, 4th ed., 2000, 2002 Supplement


  • Moderator, Missouri Bankers Association Annual Bank Legal Issues Conference - November 3, 2009
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  • Chicago

    155 North Wacker Drive
    Suite 3000
    Chicago, IL 60606-1787
F: 312.920.3301


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University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1976

University of Wisconsin, B.S., 1972