Steve Proctor is Vice-Chair of the firm's Business Group and a member of the Distribution and Sales Group. He prepares and negotiates sale and purchase agreements; financing agreements; and security, loan and inter-creditor agreements. He also advises clients on the sale, financing, securing and repossessing of collateral, including inventory and equipment, under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
Mr. Proctor has counseled numerous clients in establishing operations in the U.S., corporate reorganizations; mergers, divestitures and acquisitions; and entity formation.
In addition, Mr. Proctor works with clients to protect their intellectual property, including the preparation, review and negotiation of intellectual property license and nondisclosure agreements.
Mr. Proctor is a frequent author and has written several publications for legal journals, such as The Practical Lawyer, Illinois Bar Journal, Lexology, Law360, and The Licensing Journal. His articles have addressed topics like sales contracts, corporate documents, contract interpretation, arbitration, and employment law. In 2015, Mr. Proctor was selected as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of International Business and Trade Law and of Closely and Privately Held Business Law. He was named the winner of the 2010 Lexology Legal Writing Award in the category for Author of the Year for U.S. Company & Commercial Law.
Mr. Proctor has served the community through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services since 1985, first at the Hull House Legal Clinic and then at the Asian Human Services Legal Clinic in Chicago. He was recognized for his volunteer work by being awarded the 1991 Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award; the 1995 Asian American Bar Association Community Service Award; and the 2006 Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Proctor also volunteers at Naturalization Workshops sponsored by World Relief to interview and screen applicants for naturalization to become U.S. citizens.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Proctor served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1973, including service in Korea from 1970 to 1972. He also lived and worked in Japan from 1977 to 1979, where he studied Japanese language and culture.