Adjunct Faculty, Shareholder at Cozen O'Connor
Steven Silton joined Cozen O'Connor from Hinshaw & Culbertson in 2013 and is a member of the firm's board of directors. Steve focuses his practice on sales and purchases of businesses, financing, securities placements and related work for mid-sized corporations, banks, credit unions, financial groups and professional athletes and sports franchises. He also works with distressed business in their reorganization efforts.
Steve counsels his clients on purchase and sale of businesses, secured financing transactions, securities placements and negotiation of corporate documents. He often consults and/or associates with lawyers regarding their financially distressed business clients, has been instrumental in the reorganization of a number of businesses and has been appointed as counsel for creditor committees. Steve also applies his corporate experience in the representation of professional athletes, agents and franchises, documenting everything from endorsement contracts to secured financing deals.
Steve is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, William Mitchell College of Law. In the spring of 2009, Steven and Thomas G. Wallrich launched the Bankruptcy Clinic at the University of St. Thomas Law School in conjunction with the University’s School of Psychology and Social Work. The clinic provides pro bono bankruptcy services as well as counseling to indigent people.
Steve's professional memberships include the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, The Florida Bar, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Turnaround Management Association. Steve has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability, and was named to the Rising Star list in 1999 by Law & Politics magazine and published in Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine. In 2011, Steve was included on Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Minnesota ‘Super Lawyers.’” Since 2002, he has been named to the "Super Lawyer" list by Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine and published in Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine.
Steve is active in the community serving on the board of Bolder Options, the Sanneh Foundation and the Jack Brewer Foundation, in addition to a committee at the University of Minnesota.
|Description of course 772 :||A comprehensive clinical legal program that provides classroom sessions on bankruptcy law and guidance through one of two practical bankruptcy situations in the representation of real clients. The students will practice under the student practice rules of Federal Court and under the guidance of local bankruptcy attorneys. Students will actually appear in court and in front of the bankruptcy judges, argue motions, defend depositions, participate in settlement negotiations, counsel clients on the litigation risks, and try a jury trial in Bankruptcy Court. Enrollment limited to 8 students.|
|Description of course 793 :||The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule|
|Description of course 798 :|
|919||Clinic: Consumer Bankruptcy||3|
|Description of course 919 :||The Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic involves the filing of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition on behalf of an individual or a married couple. You will participate in the intake and retention of the client or clients. You will meet directly with clients and obtain the necessary information to properly prepare a bankruptcy case. You will learn to analyze the financial situation of the debtor, prepare the bankruptcy petitiion, schedules and statement of financial affairs and file them with the court. If the case is a Chapter 13, you will also prepare a Chapter 13 plan under which the debtor will repay all or some of his or her debt. You will appear on behalf of the debtors at the meeting of creditors, and monitor the case through the clients receiving their discharge. This will include responding to any requests from the trustee. In addition to gaining valuable experience in (1) consumer bankruptcy and (2) dealing directly with clients, you will be providing a valuable service to those who are less fortunate than most.|
|946||Clinic:Adv Consumer Bankruptcy||1|
|Description of course 946 :||A small number of students who have completed a semester in the Bankruptcy Clinic may be asked to participate in the clinic practice for a second semester by continuing client representation and providing assistance to new clinic students. Enrollment by permission only.|
|958||Clinic: Bankruptcy Litigation||3|
|Description of course 958 :||The Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic involves or will involve one of the following scenarios, with priority given to the first three: 1. Defending a debtor who has been sued for a denial of discharge; 2. Defending a debtor in a case commenced by a creditor to have one or more of the creditor's claims declared nondischargeable; 3. Assisting a debtor as a plaintiff to obtain a declaratory judgment that the debtor’s student loan debt is dischargeable as an undue hardship; 4. Defending third parties sued by a trustee to recover money or property; and 5. Prosecuting a case on behalf of plaintiff to have a debtor’s obligations declared nondischargeable. Students are under the supervision of bankruptcy attorneys from the firm of Hinshaw and Culbertson, LLC. The spring semester clinic is Clinic: Advanced Bankruptcy Litigation. Enrollment is by permission only. Prerequisite is LAWS 725 Professional Responsibility (with concurrent enrollment allowed). Preference to students who have taken Bankruptcy and/or Clinic: Consumer Bankruptcy.|
|959||Clinic: Adv. Bankruptcy Lit.||3|
|Description of course 959 :||This is the second semester of the two-semester clinic related to Bankruptcy Litigation work. Prerequisite: LAWS 958|