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Stephen Anthony Dennis

Stephen Anthony Dennis

also known as Steve Dennis

Practice areas:

Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Incorporation, Income Tax, Employee Benefits, Limited Liability Company (LLC)

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About Me

Languages Spoken: German

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Mergers & Acquisitions: 30%
    31 years, 50 cases
  2. Employee Benefits: 20%
  3. Income Tax: 20%
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
  5. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 10%

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Contact Info

Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean

285 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 300
Palo Alto, CA, 94301




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
American Jurispurdence Award for RemediesSanta Clara University School of Law1983
American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional LawSanta Clara University School of Law1981
Magna Cum Laude HonorsSanta Clara University School of LawN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Palo Alto Area Bar Association Charity Golf TournamentChairman2002 - 2003
Santa Clara County Chapter of the Industrial and Office Parks Association Property Tax SubcommitteeMember1987 - 1989
Santa Clara County Prison Infractions Review BoardCommittee Member1984 - 1985
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association Section on TaxationMember1983 - Present
American Bar Association Section on TaxationMember1983 - Present
State Bar of California, Taxation SectionMember1983 - Present
Palo Alto Area Bar Association Legislation CommitteeMember and State Bar Convention DelgateN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Tremain v. Bell IndustriesSuccessful reversal of summary judgment on appeal

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Publication NameTitleDate
Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean Law BlogShareholder Disputes – Part I: Voluntary Dissolution of a California Corporation2010


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawN/AJ.D., Doctorate Magna Cum Laude1983
University of San DiegoN/AB.A., Magna Cum Laude1979

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Santa Clara University School of Law — Career PathwaysCareer Pathways — The Practice of Tax Law2008
Santa Clara University School of Law - Career PathwaysSmall Law Firm Practice2007
Univeristy of Santa Clara School of Law Career DayThe Private Practice of Tax Law2006
Santa Clara University School of Law Business Plannning CoursePass-Through Business Entities2002
Developing an Employee Benefits ProgramERISA as Applied to Welfare Benefits1999
Hunt Enterprises Client Seminar SeriesRecent Developments Affecting Group Health Plans Under COBRA and HIPAA: Staying in Compliance1996
Hunt Enterprises Client Seminar SeriesComplying with the Requirements of COBRA1996
Cardinet-Hughes Self-Funded Health Plan SeminarCommon Legal Considerations Relating to Self-Insured Group Employee Health Benefits1995
National Conference Program of the American Society of CLU and ChFC - The American CollegeEmployee Benefits and Business Insurance1993
11th Annual Conference of the National Institute of Pension AdministratorsPlan Loans and Administrative Pitfalls1993
Succession Planning for Family-Owned Businesses/InvestmentsSuccession Planning for Family-Owned Businesses/Investments1992
Deferred Like Kind Exchanges Under IRC Section 1031”Deferred Like Kind Exchanges Under IRC Section 10311991
Cardinet-Hughes Errors and Omissions SeminarStaying Out of Trouble: Strategies for the Health Insurance Professional to Avoid Liability on Claims of Professional Negligence”- Cardinet-Hughes Errors and Omissions Seminar San Jose, CA May 8, 19911991
Meeting of the Greater Bay Area Health UnderwritersStaying Out of Trouble: Strategies for the Health Insurance Professional to Avoid Liability on Claims of Professional Negligence1990
VITA Insurance SeminarComplying With Section 891989
Meeting of San Jose Chapter of Certified Life UnderwritersRecent Developments Update - The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 19891989
Hunt Enterprises Employee Benefits SeminarSpecific Actions to Comply with Section 891989
Employee Benefits ConferenceComplying with Section 891989
Chartered Life Underwriters Institute MeetingComplying with Section 891989
Meeting of CPA Advantage - Palo Alto ChapterRecent Developments Update - Technical and Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 19881988
Joint Meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Society of CPCU and the Risk and Insurance Management SocietyLimiting Employer Liability in Providing Employee Benefits1988