Steven R. Block

Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Corporate Finance


  • Indiana University B.A. with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa;
    Wendell Willkie Fellow
  • Emory University J.D.
  • Research Editor, Emory Law Journal

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to the bar in Texas.

Contact Information

Attorney Description

Steven R. Block

With more than 40 years of legal experience, Steve has an established legacy in practicing corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and all forms of corporate finance. Steve's legal advice is never given in a vacuum. Uncommonly, his advice given to clients covers a much broader spectrum than nuts and bolts legal issues, providing pragmatic and experienced guidance tailored for the business of the client.


Finally, Steve's creativity is unparalleled in finding ways to get a deal done, no matter the obstacles faced.

Representative Work

Numerous dispositions for a publicly-traded Fortune 500 client, including the cross-border sale of a jointly-owned nuclear energy facility.
Numerous acquisitions for a publicly-traded Fortune 500 building products company.
Drafted and negotiated transaction and equityholder/clubbing agreements for private equity deals ranging in size from $3M to $1.2B.  Deep industry experience in the fields of healthcare, financial services and manufacturing and distribution.
Significant experience drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements and navigating governance and operational issues between entities with conflicting interests, including for-proft/non-profit arrangements in the healthcare space.
Extensive experience working with company management in the preparation of 10-Ks, 10-Qs, Proxy Statements, 8-Ks and other SEC filings.
Counseling on shareholder activism, governance disputes, succession planning and the preparation of poison pills.

General day-to-day counseling experience includes representing both individuals and entities in drafting and negotiating critical commercial contracts, debt and convertible security financing arrangements, employment agreements and cash and equity incentive awards.
Mr. Block has represented both licensors and licensees in licenses for inventions in the fields of biotechnology, software, medical devices, materials and equipment. Mr. Block currently represents the Technology Transfer Offices of Emory University and Georgia Tech University in licensing transactions.
Mr. Block represented the company that built the first ethanol plant in the State of Texas and negotiated all of the engineering, procurement and construction, financing, off take, hedging and other agreements related thereto.
Mr. Block has also represented several companies in other ethanol plant construction projects as well as other alternative energy providers.
Mr. Block has organized many private equity, venture capital and hedge funds over the past 12 years.
Commentator - Channel 5 NBC News regarding the SBC/AT&T merger
Contributing Author of The Practice of Corporate Law, an Inside the Minds book
"New SEC Regulations Have Large Implications for Hedge Fund Advisors," Corporate Counsel Sections Newsletter
"Southwest VC investors choose less risk, fewer startups," Fort Worth Business Press
"Nanotechnology-A Good Investment or the Next Biotech Bubble?," Fort Worth Business Press

"Valuing the IP of Distressed Companies; What Every Investor Should Know," Seminar for Venture Capitalists
"Patriot Act," VC Experts, Inc. and Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital
"Chapter 5A - Fundamentals of Bank and Savings and Loan Association Acquisitions," Banking Law Manual, Matthew Bender
"FDIC Makes it Riskier to Take Over a Failed Bank," Financial Services Law Report
"Venture Capitalism Is Alive and Kicking", Texas Lawyer
Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU
Independent Bankers Association of America

New Jersey Bankers' Association - Bank Mergers and Acquisitions and holding company formation.
Blue Knot Society - "From Startups to Spinoffs, the Life Cycle of a Company"
Bio 2004 Annual International Convention, San Francisco, CA - New Developments in Biotech Licensing
State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association


What Our Clients Are Saying.

"Steve has been my corporate attorney 20+ years. I have built two successful companies. Steve has expertly advised me through every phase of my business career; beginning with company formations, stock issuances and classifications, IP law, my ongoing need for general expert business advice, and the complex sale of one of my companies to a Fortune 500 company. One of the most reliable people I know, Steve has had an unwavering track record of outstanding professional service. He is the only attorney I trust for my every business need and I would never make a move without him. One of the best people I know, I am proud to call him a friend.”

Jennifer Durst
serial entrepreneur in technology

“Steven Block guided me through the contractual issues involving the sale of my business. He was outstanding and made a great contribution to every detail on the agreements. I felt I was always in good hands and the final outcome was fantastic. Use Steve and this firm if you want the best.”

David Kleiman, M.D.

“I’ve been with Block & McNeill for more than 12 years, both personally and in my businesses. During this time, they helped me sell one business, start another, and refinance a third. They are always responsive and helpful, and I recommend them wholeheartedly.”

Jim Von Ehr
Serial Entrepreneur and
2009 Tech Titan of the year (texas legends award)

“In 2017 my brother and I used Block & McNeill, LLP to handle the legal work when we sold our business. Steve did a fabulous job protecting our interests and communicating all the details during the transaction process. To say that I would highly recommend them is an understatement.”

Jim McCann
CEO & Co-owner, continental battery company

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