Kellen Stevens is a transactional attorney for DLHA. He formerly worked as in-house counsel for a San Francisco financial institution delivering capital market solutions to commercial real estate developers throughout the United States. In this role he split time between legal affairs and managing the organization’s compliance program.
As corporate counsel, Kellen negotiated financial agreements with institutional investors, drafted resolutions for corporate entities, and handled a variety of commercial agreements for the organization, such as office leases, non-disclosure agreements, and vendor agreements. He also formed, managed and dissolved corporate entities and supported corporate governance initiatives. As the compliance lead, Kellen designed and implemented an enterprise-wide online compliance platform, performed internal audits on business lines, and drafted policies and procedures.
Prior to working in San Francisco, Kellen was based out of New York, where he negotiated OTC derivative instruments and supported Know Your Client and Anti-Money Laundering initiatives for HSBC Securities, a multinational broker-dealer, and worked for a law firm specializing in securities litigation.
Kellen maintains state bar licenses in New York and California.
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
B.A., University of Southern California
Kellen Stevens Successes:
- As an employee of a national nonprofit commercial lender, pitched, created and managed a Salesforce-based solution for compliance management of credit agreement covenants and regulatory filings for subsidiary and off-balance sheet entities that provided an enormous organizational and record keeping benefit to the company that had previously relied on manual entry and upkeep of the related credit, loan, and corporate entity systems.
- Working with a prominent west-coast manufacturer’s representative for electrical distributors, installers and end users, negotiated a business critical and bespoke executive compensation agreement that strategically rewarded the executive for the introduction of an east coast manufacturer into the company’s line portfolio while encouraging further growth through a complex incentive-based compensation structure.
- Successfully appealed a property tax reassessment of a multi-family investment property in San Francisco. Worked with the California State Board of Equalization’s Legal Entity Ownership Program office to obtain a favorable legal determination regarding a change in ownership of legal entity and coordinated with the Assessment Appeals Board of the City and County of San Francisco Assessor-Recorder to implement the determination and retroactively apply the base year tax treatment for the property, saving the property owner significant sums over the life of the property assessment period.