Steven Kennedy counsels corporations and their directors on securities law, corporate governance and significant corporate matters. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and private equity and venture capital investments.

Steven represents both buyers and sellers in a broad range of merger and acquisition matters, from private sell-side transactions for business owners to public company mergers.

Steven is the leader of the firm's Minneapolis office.

Representative Clients

Steven represents publicly held companies such as Archer-Daniels-Midland-Company, Hawkins, Inc., Piper Sandler Companies, Polaris Industries and Winnebago Industries. He also represents several larger private companies and technology-focused emerging growth companies. Steven also advises several private equity firms on their portfolio company investments.

Transactional Experience

Steven represents buyers and sellers in public and private merger and acquisition transactions. Representative matters include:

  • Representation of Miromatrix Medical in its merger with United Therapeutics
  • Representation of Melax Technologies on its sale to Intelligent Medical Objects
  • Representation of Tolmar Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of the assets of Clarus Therapeutics in a Section 363 bankruptcy sale
  • Representation of ACI on its sale to Soundcore Capital Partners
  • Representation of Northern Pacific Group on its investment in ThermaSolutions
  • Representation of Pineapple Energy in its merger with Communications Systems
  • Representation Buffalo Wild Wings on its sale to Arby's Restaurant Group
  • Representation of Zimmer Biomet on its acquisition of Medtech S.A., a French public company
  • Representation of Responsive Orthopedics on its sale to Medtronic, Inc.

Prior Experience

Steven spent two years in the middle of his career as general counsel of Dantis, Inc., an internet infrastructure company owned by Madison Dearborn and Norwest Equity Partners. Steven began his legal career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and was previously an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C.


Bar Admissions

New York


University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. (1985)

Saint John's University
B.A. cum laude (1981)

Insights & Events


  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Corporate/M&A, 2007-23
  • Best Lawyers® — Corporate Law, 2008-24 (Lawyer of the Year, 2021-24); Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2007-24; Securities Regulation, 2011-24; Venture Capital Law, 2010-24
  • Minneapolis Best Lawyers — Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Securities & Corporate Finance, 2011-19
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