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Steven J. Hopp is a corporate, business and tax attorney at Carney Badley Spellman, P.S., in Seattle, Washington.  He is currently President and Managing Partner and serves on the firm's Board of Directors.


Mr. Hopp devotes his practice to corporate, partnership and business matters with an emphasis on Federal tax issues. He serves as primary outside general counsel to a variety of clients, focusing on closely-held middle-market companies and emerging businesses. 


Mr. Hopp is actively involved in the following areas:


  • Creation, restructuring and reorganization of corporate, limited liability companies, and partnership enterprises

  • Intellectual property protection and licensing for a wide variety of products

  • Commercial agreements and contracts for general business transactions

  • Transactional work, including  financing, mergers and acquisitions of businesses

  • Counseling corporations regarding executive compensation and succession planning

  • On-going governance and management of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships


    Mr. Hopp has been named a Washington Law and Politics' Super Lawyer for each of the years 2001-2009, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America consistently for many years.  He was honored in the January/February 2009 issue of Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition as one of the top attorneys in Corporate and Securities Law in America.


    Mr. Hopp is listed as AV in Martindale
    . An AV rating is the highest peer review rating given for the
    standard of professional ability and other professional qualifications.


    Mr. Hopp holds an LL.M. in Taxation. He is a CPA (Inactive) and practiced with a Big 4 accounting firm prior to entering the practice of law.


    Contact info

    Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.

    701 Fifth Avenue
    Suite 3600
    Seattle, WA, 98104-7010

    Practice areas


    1. Tax: 25%
    2. Business: 25%
    3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
    4. M & A: 25%


    Payment types:

    Cash, Check, Credit card

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    • Christopher R Carney

      Having worked with and also having hired Steve to help me with business formation documents, I strongly endorse him. He is smart, practical, responsive, a great communicator, and has a sense of humor that makes working him a pleasure.


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    We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
    Avvo contributions
    Legal answers
    Award nameGrantorDate granted
    Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
    Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
    Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
    Super Lawyer, Corporate and Securities Law in AmericaSuper Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition2009
    AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2009
    Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
    Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
    AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2008
    Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
    Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
    AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2007
    Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
    Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
    AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2006
    Best LawyerN/A2006
    Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
    Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2005
    Super LawyerN/A2005
    AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2005
    Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2004
    AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2004
    Super LawyerN/A2004
    Super LawyerN/A2003
    AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2003
    Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2003
    Super LawyerN/A2002
    Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
    Work experience
    TitleCompany nameDuration
    President and Managing PartnerCarney Badley Spellman, P.S.2006 - Present
    PartnerCarney Badley Spellman, P.S.1998 - 2006
    PartnerDavis Wright Tremaine, LLP1984 - 1992
    Accountant"Big 4" accounting firm1977 - 1984
    Association namePosition nameDuration
    Transactional Tax Committee, Tax Law Section, WSBACo-Chair2005 - Present
    Lewis and Clark College of LawBoard of Visitors2002 - Present
    American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
    Washington Society of Certified Public AccountantsMember1986 - Present
    Washington State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
    Subchapter S Subcommittee, ABAMemberN/A
    Publication nameTitleDate
    Washington State Bar Association State and Local Tax DeskbookState and local tax issues2009
    Washington State Bar Association's Partnership DeskbookPartnership issues2009
    School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
    University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1976
    Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
    University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
    Speaking engagements
    Conference nameTitleDate
    Washington State Bar AssociationTax considerations in the purchase and sale of a business2009
    Washington State Bar AssociationTax issues related to the creation and operation of subchapter S corporations2008
    Washington State Bar AssociationTax considerations in the choice of entity2007