Stephen M. Graham

Industry Lead, Life Sciences

Partner, Corporate  

Seattle 206.389.4520


Stephen Graham is co-chair of Fenwick & West’s Life Sciences Practice and Managing Partner of the Seattle Office.

Stephen concentrates in the areas of private and public mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and corporate governance matters, including advising boards of directors and audit, compensation and nominating/corporate governance committees, preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports and other securities law compliance, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters and disclosure issues with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD.

His diverse practice is focused on the representation of emerging and established high growth companies, essentially serving as an extension of the senior management teams and boards of directors. Stephen has represented companies and investment banks in numerous initial public offerings, a wide variety of M&A transactions and private offerings of debt and equity.

Stephen has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top corporate and M&A lawyers in Washington. He is also a “Super Lawyer” award recipient, 2000 - 2018, is listed in Who’s Who in America by Marquis Biographical Reference and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Corporate Law and M&A Law. Stephen is also a member of the political science honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha.

In 2011, Stephen was appointed co-chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and served in that position until fall of 2017. In 2015, he was named "one of the 19 most influential people in D.C. who can affect your small business" by The Washington Post for his role with the SEC. Stephen is a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee. He is active in community affairs, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Institute for Systems Biology and Life Sciences Washington, where he serves on the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Editorial Board of eHealth La​w & Policy.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Stephen was a corporate partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was the chair of the global Corporate Practice Group.​

Represented the following corporations until their acquisition:

  • ​Amnis Corporation
  • Corixa Corporaiton
  • Corus Pharma
  • ICOS Corporation
  • Immunex Corporation
  • InControl
  • LipoSonix
  • SonoSite
  • WatchGuard Technologies
  • ZymoGenetics