WHO WE ARE
Steve and Michael practiced law together from 1990 until 2003 primarily under the firm name Peri & Stewart, L.L.C. In 2003, they merged their practice with the Pittsburgh-based firm of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling which became Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, parting ways in 2006. Steve became General Counsel to non-US and domestic companies. Michael became a partner in a New Jersey-based law firm. After 10 years apart, they decided to reform the firm. Peri & Stewart, LLC offers transactional and litigation services for corporations and other entities, with special attention to foreign-owned businesses seeking to establish, maintain or expand their presence in the United States.
STEVEN B. PERI
After beginning his career as a litigation associate in a large New York firm, Steven Peri held senior legal positions at two Fortune 500 companies. He reentered private practice as the co-founder and partner of Peri & Stewart,LLC, a New York area law firm where he represented a large number of privately held and foreign based companies in their US legal affairs. These efforts included management of sophisticated litigation, internal investigations and the drafting and negotiation of contracts, technology licenses and transactional documents, such as acquisition agreements.
In 2005, Mr. Peri became the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Tandberg, ASA a publicly traded video conferencing company which was later acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc. In September 2011, Mr. Peri returned to private practice and the representation of a diverse group of clients, serving as the de facto General Counsel for several of them.
Steven Peri has been active in numerous business and charitable organizations. He is an Executive Trustee of the American Scandinavian Foundation and has served as the President of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Peri holds a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania law school and an AB in History, cum laude, from Princeton University. He is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey and the Court of International Trade.
MICHAEL T. STEWART
Upon graduation from law school, Michael served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Newman, J.S.C. After his clerkship, he was associated with the law firm of Budd Larner and Foyen & Peri. Steve and Michael later formed the first iteration of Peri & Stewart, LLC. Steve and Michael were shareholders of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling PC which became Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. Michael was also a shareholder at a New Jersey based law firm. In November of 2013, Michael and Steve decided to “get the band back together” and reformed Peri & Stewart, LLC
Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law and real estate, including ownership dispute resolution, as well as renewable energy transactions, including geothermal and solar projects. He has had significant experience in international business transactions including U.S. Export Control regulations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and trade issues. He has spoken to various industry and trade groups and delivered seminars on and written about various commercial and international law topics.
He is active in local charitable organizations such as serving as a Board member of the Caldwell Public Library Foundation. Michael also serves as a member of the University of Chicago Alumni School Committee and is a Board Member of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce in New York and Philadelphia.
Michael is a graduate of the college at the University of Chicago with an A.B. in the Biological Sciences. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce and published articles at the Journal. He is a member of the state and federal bars of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania as well as the Court of International Trade.