Biography

Steven C. Drapekin focuses his practice on corporate, commercial finance, and real estate transactions. His diverse corporate practice ranges from representing middle market companies in mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate matters, to representing multinational corporations in strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and cross-border joint ventures. Within his commercial finance practice, Steve represents numerous large-scale national banks, regional banks, and commercial finance companies in complex financing transactions including syndicated leverage lending, syndicated asset-based lending and floorplan financing, multi-currency loan facilities, cross-border transactions, and real estate finance. Clients of his general corporate practice are involved in commercial contract negotiations including distributorship, licensing, and other general corporate matters. A member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, his real estate practice is also wide-ranging and encompasses development including tax-incentive transactions, restructurings, and financing transactions. Steve regularly represents clients throughout the United States.

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2007-2011 and 2013, Steve was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2009-2022.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1986)
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Illinois (A.B., cum laude, 1983)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • Dean’s List

Legal Background

  • Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO (1993-1995)
  • Lewis Rice LLC, St. Louis, MO (1991-1993)
  • Latham & Watkins, Chicago, IL (1987-1991)
  • Law clerk, Hon. Joel M. Flaum, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1986-1987)

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • American Bar Association: Corporate, Business, and Banking Section; Real Estate and Probate Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Admissions

  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Family & Children Services, St. Louis, MO (2015-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Independence Center, St. Louis, MO (2005-2012)
  • Team leader, YMCA Partner for Youth Campaign (1997-present)
  • Board member, B'nai Amoona Congregation (1997-1999)
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