Committee Bio

Stephen C. Lessard

Office Address
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
51 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-506-5137
Fax: 212-506-5100

Stephen C. Lessard is an associate in the Tax Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where his practice includes the taxation of debt and equity offerings, collateralizations, reorganizations, cross-border transactions and municipal finance.  Mr. Lessard also has experience counseling non-profit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.  He is active in the firm's Diversity and Recruiting Committees, and has also engaged in a number of pro bono projects providing tax advice to non-profit organizations and writing appellate briefs for the New York County District Attorney.

During a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy, Mr. Lessard served in a number of billets on ships and ashore as a surface warfare officer.  While in the Navy, he was honored with various unit and service awards.  Mr. Lessard has sought to continue his military service since retiring. He served as the Law Student Division Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel and since 2005, has volunteered as a counselor at Servicemembers' Legal Defense Network (SLDN).  SLDN counsels LGBT servicemembers about the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Mr. Lessard graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of The Tax Lawyer staff, serving as an executive editor and publications editor.  He has published several articles on tax law issues, one of which received the 2006 Burton Award for Legal Achievement.