Steven M. Lutz

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Chandler A. Lawson
Andrew A. Manna

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Purdue University, B.S. Industrial Management, with minors in Industrial Engineering and Psychology

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Indiana

Awards + Recognition

Professional Memberships

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Law Club

Community Involvement

  • LIDS Foundation, Past Board Member
  • C. James and Mary Lou Wilson Charitable Trust Foundation, Board Member
  • Indianapolis Senior Center, Past Board Member
  • Fifty Club of Fishers, Inc., Founder and Past Board Member

About Steve

Steve is a partner in the firm’s Business Practice Section and recently served as CCHA's Managing Partner. He advises clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters, with an emphasis on emerging business creation, business mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and business counseling. Steve has an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of judges and fellow attorneys. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Steve's primary practice involves counseling and representing business clients from small, family-owned businesses, to multi-million dollar organizations in a broad spectrum of commercial and business transactions and contract negotiations of all types, real estate transactions, reorganizations and restructuring, voluntary dissolutions, shareholder agreements, succession planning, and ownership structures. Steve gives every client, small or large, the same level of commitment and service.

As part of his representation of businesses and their owners, Steve has litigated commercial and business matters before state and federal courts as well as state agencies. Those matters have included complex contract disputes, real estate disputes, closely-held corporate shareholder matters, limited liability company issues, creditors' rights issues, construction contracts and lien disputes, secured transactions, non-compete and restrictive covenant agreements, financing and foreclosure matters, and bankruptcy matters.

A significant part of Steve's practice is the provision of comprehensive guidance to new business owners and startups regarding proper organization procedures and strategies, securing intellectual property rights, establishing appropriate contractual and employment relationships, UCC best practices when businesses are engaged in the sale or purchase of goods, commercial lease drafting and negotiation, and other real estate matters. As part of his real estate practice, Steve represents both commercial and residential property owners regarding real estate transactions and provides guidance and counsel to homeowner's associations regarding covenant enforcement and organizational matters.

Steve also spends a significant amount of his practice providing specialized legal services to business owners and their family members regarding succession planning, estate planning, trust issues, and estate and trust administration.

Steve was born in Indiana but graduated from Lower Dauphin High School near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Steve returned to Indiana to attend Purdue University. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Management, with minors in Industrial Engineering and Psychology, from Purdue where he was also a member and served as President of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Steve stayed in Indiana to attend law school at Indiana University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and served as a member of the School of Law Dean's Tutorial Society.

While away from the office Steve enjoys spending time with friends and family, including his wife and daughter. Steve is also an avid golfer and is a member of the Sagamore Golf Club located in Noblesville, Indiana.

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