Armstrong Teasdale Elects Seven Partners to Committee Roles

June 8, 2020 Press Releases

Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces the election of four partners to the firm’s Executive Committee, which functions as the governing board of the firm, as well as three partners to the Compensation Committee, which is responsible for the allocation of compensation to firm partners.

Partner Charles W. Steese has been elected to serve on the firm’s Executive Committee for a three-year term. Partners Christopher M. Goff, Mark L. Stoneman and Richard L. Scheff have each been re-elected for a three-year term.

In addition, Partner Sarah Roe Sise has been elected to the Compensation Committee for a three-year term; and Partner E. Calvin Matthews, IV for a two-year term. Partner Michael S. Jefferies was re-elected for a three-year term.

Steese is a nationally recognized litigator who has successfully tried more than 50 complex commercial, telecommunications and intellectual property disputes in courts and regulatory bodies in more than 20 different states. He represents businesses of virtually all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to startups. He also has significant experience handling major class actions and arbitrations. For over five years, Steese served as the firm’s office managing attorney in Denver.

A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, Goff helps large companies secure, protect and enforce intellectual property rights. With an emphasis in medical device, chemical and biochemical patent preparation and prosecution, he counsels clients on freedom-to-operate issues, patent infringement issues, patentability and other due diligence issues. Goff recently won a multimillion-dollar, multiyear contract to represent the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he has been recognized among Chambers USA’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property in Missouri for nearly a decade and is currently ranked in Band 1. This will be Goff’s fourth term serving on the Executive Committee.

As leader of the firm’s Corporate Services practice group, Stoneman is responsible for coordinating with the firm’s managing partner to strengthen the group’s planning, execution and operational practices. In his law practice, he facilitates the structuring, financing and completion of acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, joint ventures and partnerships. Stoneman’s background in accounting and finance helps him to ensure that the agreements related to these transactions are consistent with his client’s goals and expectations with respect to financial matters, which can be of critical importance in transactions of this nature.

Scheff serves as partner and leader – Eastern U.S. He is a member of the Litigation practice group and leads the firm’s strategic growth on the East Coast. A nationally recognized trial lawyer and corporate adviser, Scheff primarily counsels clients in government and corporate investigations with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical, medical device and financial services industries. He has successfully represented numerous corporations, institutions, boards and senior executives in proceedings in state and federal enforcement matters. He is based in Philadelphia.

Sise practices exclusively in the heavily regulated and constantly evolving field of employee benefits and executive compensation. She advises a wide range of clients, including closely held companies, tax-exempt organizations and public companies. Sise brings over 20 years of experience to the firm and partners with clients to establish, design and implement qualified retirement plans, non-qualified arrangements, welfare and fringe benefit plans, and executive compensation programs. She also guides clients through plan audits and service provider changes. Sise is one of four women on the 10-person committee. In addition, she serves as co-chair of the firm’s Inclusion Committee.

A member of the Corporate Services practice group, Matthews serves as outside counsel to a number of businesses ranging from closely held businesses to publicly traded companies. In these positions, he handles a wide range of corporate issues including those related to financial transactions, real estate, employment and labor, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and various types of litigation. Matthews offers clients a unique combination of skills due to an unusual background that includes in-depth experience as a corporate services attorney, litigator and multiple years in the financial industry.

Jefferies works with clients across multiple industries on matters related to business operations and growth. His practice is primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate development transactions. In connection with his M&A practice, Jefferies has experience with the use and structuring of representations and warranties insurance, and has worked with various insurance brokers to place and negotiate these policies. He also has experience representing clients involved in post-closing transaction disputes, including those relating to working capital, purchase price adjustments and indemnification claims. Jefferies is chair of the firm’s Technology Committee and is also a member of the firm’s Opinion Letter Committee.

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