The legal industry is fast-paced, highly challenging, and technical. Its changing scenarios are endless and no matter how big or small a business is, the need for a legal advisor is non-negotiable. As a business owner, it is daunting to constantly deal with challenges, especially business and legal challenges.
It is a nightmare to go through litigation and regardless of the size of a company or its revenue, the decisions one makes at such crucial stages impact the future of the business. Hence, it’s best to lift the weight off your shoulders and seek the help of an attorney and a business advisor. At the helm of challenges, it is evident to make mistakes and the cost of legal mistakes comes with a heavy price.
Offering a wealth of business expertise and legal depth to handle all of your legal needs is Steven H. Wilhelm, A.P.C. The Law Offices of Steve Wilhelm is San Diego’s trusted business law firm.
It combines big firm resources with the personal attention and affordability of a boutique firm to offer clients the best legal guidance for their business.
It ensures clients make the right moves and achieve exceptional results. The firm has substantial experience serving both small businesses and larger corporate clients, from simple incorporation to mergers and acquisitions.
The Driving Force behind the Firm
An established personality with a commendable stature, Steven H. Wilhelm is the Owner, President, Attorney, and Business Advisor of the firm Steven H. Wilhelm, APC.
He pursued his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, a Juris Doctorate in 1971-1974. He graduated in May of 1974 in the upper 25%.
Apart from his law pursuits, he also played sports and coached track and field on a part-time basis. He then attempted to make it in the US Olympic Team in Track and Field and managed to become an alternate to the US Olympic Team in Track and Field during the summer of his first year of law school.
Steven’s sports career was a success. He has been honoured five times as an all-American track star. However, the former olympic alternate shifted gears and took his career from the fields to a desk just like his track record.
A Timeline of Steven’s Career Path
Steven has close to five decades of experience practising law. He has proven himself an accomplished professional and expert in his field. With various firms in his past career, he began his practice, Steven H. Wilhelm, A.P.C, in 1980. Currently offering multiple services in business, real estate, and estates trust, with its primary focus on business transactional work and business litigation across the entire business spectrum. Steven H. Wilhelm, APC employs a passionate approach on behalf of its clients while remaining rational and experienced to achieve the best possible results in each case.
Steven, a former Olympic alternate (1972), has demonstrated his intense drive and determination personally and professionally. He attributes his success to his perseverance and staying passionate in all his business endeavours. When not working, he enjoys travelling and spending time with his family. In the future, he plans to continue to help businesses and individuals.
Before embarking on his legal career, Steven defied family tradition by attending the University of Kansas on academic and athletic scholarships rather than Stanford. In 1976, Steven took a holiday to Kansas to get a license to practice law there. Upon his return, he joined the Law Offices of Joseph St. John, handling complex civil litigation and creating the commercial and business litigation section’s infrastructure.
Offering a Myriad Range of Legal Services and Expertise
With an extensive experience in the legal sector, Steven H. Wilhelm, APC offers a wide range of legal solutions to its clients that include:
- Contract Review, Preparation, and Negotiation
- Litigation in State or Federal Court
- Trademark Issues
- Partnership Contract Creation and Review
- Corporation, S-Corp, and LLC Creation
- Lease Review and Creation
- Real Estate Matters and Issues
- Limited Partnership Contracts
- Basic Employment and Labor Law Issues
- Turnarounds, Financial, and Tax Issues
- Startup, New Venture, and IP Issues
- Trusts, Estate, and Related Tax Issues
Steven H. Wilhelm, APC is well-known in San Diego for its exceptional services and customer-centric approach.
- Formation of corporations – limited liability companies (LLC), formation of limited liability partnerships (LLP), formation of general and limited partnerships, and assorted joint ventures and other associations and combinations.
- Corporate governance issues, including annual meetings, resolutions, record keeping, and other requirements to limit personal liability.
- Contract negotiation, drafting, and review.
- Employment Law Issues and Resolution.
- Business disputes and business litigation, including partnership disputes and shareholder disputes, and other similar issues.
- Stock option plans, stock purchase plans, and other employee incentives.
- Promissory notes, security agreements, and other loan transactions.
- Financing issues and Resolution.
The team at Steven H. Wilhelm, APC, is dynamic and talented. The lawyers have substantial expertise in business organization, tax law, employment law, commercial real estate.
The world of business is always changing. Hence, Steven H. Wilhelm, APC business lawyers read the updates and changes to the law, and combine a wealth of experience and knowledge of the most recent issues and developments as they relate to obtaining solutions for the client.
Also, Steven H. Wilhelm, APC has an extensive network of specialists in all areas of the law to include on your team, no matter what the legal issue. Steven adds, “We are much more than just a law firm; we are a partner in your success. We represent your best interests to build and protect your business dreams.”
Dogged Tenacity and Awareness and Corresponding Preparation, the Key Differentiators of Steven H. Wilhelm
With the key mantra of “Your business is our business” and “We tip the scale of justice in your favour“, Steven H. Wilhelm is a remarkable legal firm standing tall and strong for its top-notch offerings and values.
Dogged Tenacity: Steven H. Wilhelm brings to the practice of law the same dogged tenacity that the owner of the firm, Steven used in order to achieve ranking in the top two in the world in his sporting events before entering into the practice of law. This same drive and determination referenced are used and applied to secure the best possible results for Steven H. Wilhelm’s clients.
The firm’s approach is passionate on its client’s behalf, yet rational through the use of the power of a positive mental attitude towards achieving the best possible result in what is often some of the most negative factual settings that a client will have to deal with in the client’s entire lifetime.
Awareness and Corresponding Preparation: Steven H. Wilhelm brings into its representation an awareness from many years of experience (going on 48, presently) that there is always someone else out there smarter, faster, quicker, more articulate, better at arguing, or more dogged and/or more tenacious than you are, and hence it uses an approach that demands the kind of preparation to meet and deal with that exact opponent on every assignment.
Steven H. Wilhelm, APC provides a customized representation at pricing that its competitors, whether they be big firms, middle size firms or small firms, cannot match.
Winning Prestigious Awards
Steven H. Wilhelm will be inducted into the exclusive Hall of Fame by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). His expertise and extraordinary talents have afforded him this distinction.
Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honour. Only ten IAOTP members are inducted into the exclusive Hall of Fame. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, contributions to society, and impact on their industries. The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) recently selected Steven Wilhelm for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. This December, Steven will be inducted into the exclusive Hall of Fame at IAOTP’s 2023 Annual Awards Gala. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
Throughout his illustrious career, Steven has been acknowledged for his outstanding leadership and dedication to his profession. His firm has been voted one of the best business law firms in San Diego County by peers for numerous years.
In addition, they have received recognition from the Leading Lawyer Association, Lawyers of Distinction, and Who’s Who of Top Attorneys in North America.
Also, in 2021, he was honoured at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala for his selection as Top Attorney of the Year 2021, and he was featured on the famous Reuters Billboard in Times Square NYC. He is a member of the California Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the Kansas Bar Association. Steven has had an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell since 1980
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Robert Blum, CPA, Blum & Clark
“As an accounting professional and business advisor for over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to work with numerous attorneys. Steve’s professionalism, competence, and integrity are impressive. I can count on Steve to consistently deliver solid business and legal advice. I have been pleased with the personal interest he takes in his clients as well
as the quality of his work product. I would not hesitate to recommend Steve. I know he can be counted on to provide excellent service and creative solutions to complex business and legal transactions and value.”
Kevin T. Brueckner, Fireworks & Stage FX America, Inc.
“Steven H. Wilhelm incorporated our business nearly 20 years ago. Since 1994, he has been our go-to legal guy when we needed buy-sell agreements, contracts, LLC, and all of the legal advice and service a growing business needs.
Best of all Steve is a down-to-earth and reasoned voice during the stresses of business. He has been a beacon of logic and helped us look at the forest when we were lost in the trees, keeping us focused on what was important during legal proceedings or negotiations. We even have him attend our Shareholder meetings to bring that wisdom, reason, and calm. His advice is always well-reasoned and sage.
Mr. Wilhelm has helped Fireworks America every step of the way and we look forward to him being our counsel for the next 20 years.”