Harvey M. Stephens


Harvey M. Stephens began his career with Brown, Hay + Stephens in 1987 and has served the business and estate planning needs of institutional and individual clients in downstate Illinois since.

Mr. Stephens’ business practice includes entity selection and formation including guidance as to governance and control structures. His transactional experience includes negotiation and consummation of commercial transactions including business purchases, sales and mergers. He completed one of the first Section 363 Bankruptcy sales of a bank holding company. He regularly represents banks and bank holding companies in all forms of regulatory matters. In addition, he has extensive experience in the agricultural business arena with the sale of agricultural related businesses.

As a part of representing institutional clients he provides ongoing estate and succession planning to businesses and individuals. Such work includes assisting the owners and principals of the firm’s commercial clients with an understanding of the estate planning process and working with family dynamics. Estate planning services include long term tax planning and development of asset preservation strategies for closely held businesses in all areas.

In addition to specific transactional matters, Mr. Stephens provides general counsel to many business organizations. The work includes all forms of general corporate guidance.


  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1988


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri (J.D. - 1988)
  • Kenyon College, Kenyon College (B.A., With Highest Honors in History - 1985)