Stephen Paul Leara is a highly experienced attorney in Alabama and Georgia focusing his practice in areas such as bankruptcy law, workouts, contracts, business organizations, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, trademarks, and real estate. He is an attorney with Galloway Scott Moss & Hancock LLC.
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of SouthPoint Bank and Executive Vice President with General Counsel at Retail Specialists, LLC since 2018. He can speak English, Greek and French languages.
The Birmingham Business Journal named him in the Top 40 Under 40 while recognizing him as one of the outstanding young business leaders in 2001. He also works with the Cumberland School of Law as an associate professor for mergers and acquisitions since 1996.
Stephen P. Leara is active in the community and board member of the Mountain Brook Sports Corporation, Holy Trinity/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral Foundation, the Brown University Football Association, and a former assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 320.
Before joining his current law firm, he worked with Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt LLC. for over 18 years from 2000 to 2018. While working there, he represented clients in all areas of corporate and transactional law, including organization, finance, restructuring, succession planning, mergers & acquisitions, bankruptcy and divestitures, and troubled asset sales.
Previously, he served as an associate with the law firm Lange Simpson Robinson & Somerville for six years from 1994 to 2000. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham since the year 2008.
Since 2017, he is the Vice President & Director of the philanthropic organization American Hellenic Athletic Foundation that that supports recreational, leisure, collegiate, and amateur athletes via fundraising and providing scholarships to deserving scholar-athletes across the United States.
Stephen Leara obtained his Juris Doctorate and graduating magna cum laude in 1994 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He was Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review Harvard Law School Journal of Law & Public Policy and member of the Cordell Hull Speakers Forum while studying there.
Before studying law, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Brown University in the year 1986. He passed the bar exams and obtained the license to practice law in the states of Alabama and Georgia in 1994 and 1996 respectively.
He has obtained memberships of professional associations such as Alabama State Bar, American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, and State Bar of Georgia.
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