Steve L. Owen

Mr. Owen was elected to The Wills Group Board of Directors in January 2010. He practices in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, offices of DLA Piper LLP. Mr. Owen practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business transactions, corporate and partnership tax planning, real estate tax planning, and business and estate planning for closely held enterprises and their owners. He represents a variety of publicly traded corporations and REITs, as well as many successful privately owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Mr. Owen has written in various professional journals on a variety of tax and business topics, including extensive works on corporate, partnership and real estate taxation and estate planning. He is a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Real Estate Taxation and The Journal of Pass-Through Entities. He is a frequent speaker on tax and business topics at nationally recognized programs. Mr. Owen is a past Chair of the Partnerships and LLCs Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation and is a past Chair of the Section of Taxation of the Maryland State Bar Association. He also served as Chair of the DLA Piper Tax Practice Group from 1998 to 2008. Mr. Owen is listed in “The Best Lawyers In America” in the categories of tax law and corporate law, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and Who’s Who Legal: USA Corporate Tax. He was recently recognized by The Washington Business Journal as one of its “2009 Top Washington Lawyers.” He is also a Fellow of The American College of Tax Counsel and is an active member of Real Estate Roundtable and NAREIT. Mr. Owen is a member of the Board of the Caves Valley Caddie Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Owen graduated magna cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College in 1974. He obtained his JD from the College of William and Mary School of Law in 1977. Mr. Owen is a member of the Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia bar associations.