Stephen Graham served as a Fenwick corporate and securities partner before retiring from the partnership in 2022, becoming partner emeritus. He founded the firm’s Seattle office in 2008. Prior to working at Fenwick, he was a corporate and securities partner at two AmLaw 50 firms. At one of which, Stephen founded the firm’s Seattle office and served as chair of its global Corporate Practice Group. Stephen concentrated his practice in the areas of private and public mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and corporate governance matters, including advising boards of directors and audit, compensation and nominating/corporate governance committees, preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports and other securities law compliance, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters and disclosure issues with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD. His practice focused on the representation of emerging and established high growth companies, essentially serving as an extension of the senior management teams and boards of directors.. Currently, Stephen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Washington Federal Bank (NASDAQ:WAFD), the largest bank headquartered in Washington ($20+ billion in assets), and a member of the board of directors of WBX Pharma, a biotech startup.
Stephen has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top corporate and M&A lawyers in Washington. He is also a “Super Lawyer” award recipient, 2000 – 2022, is listed in Who’s Who in America by Marquis Biographical Reference, has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, and is a member of the political science honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha.
In 2011, Stephen was appointed co-chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and served in that position until fall of 2017. In 2019, Stephen was appointed to the SEC’s Advisory Committee for Small Business Capital Formation..
Stephen is active in community affairs, currently serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, and the Friends of the Children National Board. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his J.D. from the Yale University School of Law.