Steven J. Cramer

Steve Cramer has practiced law for over 30 years. Steve focuses on commercial and real estate transactions, representing both buyers and sellers in public and private merger and acquisitions. He also works with clients, from international corporations to smaller, regional enterprises, in an array of business transactional matters, including entity formation and charter documents. Steve also provides counsel to clients and other attorneys on business regulatory matters, including applications of corporate, securities, tax and lender laws.


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • B.A., University of Santa Clara


Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Fennemore boasts a large and sophisticated client-focused Mergers and Acquisitions practice.

Our real estate practice is one of the largest in the American West, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada with experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, from due diligence, acquisition and finance, through land use permitting and entitlements, to leasing and sale.


  • Nonprofits and Trade Organizations


  • Represented acquiring company in significant merger between engineering firms serving the California energy sector. This business combination involved complex regulatory compliance and logistical issues.
  • Represented purchasers in $100 million retail chain acquisition involving complex regulatory compliance and tax issues.
  • Represented franchisor in petroleum industry acquisition involving in excess of 120 franchised sites.
  • Mergers and acquisitions


  • Interview, “Lessons Learned & Reflections On Life In The Law With Steve Cramer,” Fennemore Blog, August 18, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, “Annual Legal Update,” International Right of Way Association, Bay Area Chapters 2, January 26, 2022, 2021, 2019
  • Speaker, “Can Appraisers Still Reply on Hearsay After the Sanchez and Stamps Decisions?” IRWA Chapter 42 Spring Conference, Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Presenter, “Saving Your Assets,” Wendel Rosen LLP, May 2019
  • Author, “USPTO Stripped of Power to Deny Disparaging or Vulgar Trademarks,” The Recorder, April 27, 2018
  • Author, “Gold Rush for Cannabis Trademarks,” Marijuana Venture, July 6, 2017


  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Former Director, Board of Secretary, East Bay Manufacturing Group


  • California
  • U.S. District Courts, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern District of California