Steven B. Greenapple

  • Has over 30 years experience in transactions involving employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). He has represented ESOP plan sponsors, shareholders selling to an ESOP, and ESOP trustees in transactions establishing and amending ESOPs, increasing ESOPs’ share ownership, using ESOPs to acquire other businesses, and terminating and buying out ESOPs
  • Past Chair of The ESOP Association’s Legal and Regulatory Committee and current Trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation
  • Frequently brought into transactions as special ESOP counsel by clients’ corporate counsel. He has also served as an expert in litigation related to ESOPs in state and federal court
  • Prior to focusing his practice on ESOPs, Steve practiced business and transactional law
  • Received an AV® Preeminent™ rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and general ethics.


  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1984
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • The ESOP Association, Member; Former New Jersey State Chapter Vice President; Former Chair of the National Legislative and Regulatory Committee
  • The Employee Ownership Foundation, Trustee

Selected Speaking Engagements 

  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Selling Your Company to an ESOP,” The ESOP Association New South Chapter 2019 Fall Conference, Championsgate, FL, Oct. 17, 2019
  • Building a Diversified ESOP-Owned Holding Company,” 2019 NCEO Employee Ownership Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 11, 2019

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