Stephen Poss

for ADA

Stephen Poss - HeadshotStephen is a former Senior Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served as Chair and Co-Chair of Goodwin’s Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement Practice. He was also a key member of the firm's Private Equity, Tech/Life Sciences, Financial Services, and Real Estate Capital Markets/REITs practices. Stephen represented clients ranging from the leading global investment banks, Fortune 50 technology, consumer, energy, media and pharmaceutical companies, and leading real estate investment firms, to middle market growth private equity firms and their portfolio companies. He represented clients in connection with more than $175 billion in M&A and private equity transactions and participated in some of the most significant corporate governance cases in the Delaware Chancery Court. Stephen retired from Goodwin in 2018 after more than 35 years of big-firm law practice, first at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and subsequently at Goodwin.

In the course of his practice, Stephen became a trusted confident and advisor to C-suite and other senior executives on matters including strategy, relations with boards of directors and other corporate governance issues, and navigating business and legal crises.

Stephen is a former Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law and a former Vice Chairperson of the Massachusetts Bar Association Business Litigation Committee. While at Goodwin, Stephen lectured extensively across the United States, as well as in France and the UK, on securities, corporate governance, and transactional issues for organizations such as the American Bar Association, NASDAQ, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), The SEC Institute, Inc., and The Law Society of England and Wales. He has trained numerous investment professionals at private equity firms on how to be more effective members of the boards of directors of their portfolio companies.

Stephen received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.

Stephen now lives in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon and his personal interests include hiking, skiing, flyfishing, reading geopolitical and military history.