Stephen H. Morris

Stephen H. Morris

Business Law,  Mergers and Acquisitions

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How I Can Help

Business and Corporate Matters
Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Tax Planning
Estate Planning and Probate



Steve has practiced law in Charlotte since 1976.  He represents companies and individuals in business matters and commercial real estate transactions, and individuals and families in estate planning and estate administration.  In all of his work Steve strives to apply his years of business experience and knowledge of tax law, to take into account any applicable tax considerations.  Steve enjoys working with business owners, particularly when buying or selling a business, and has been involved in transactions where businesses have sold for a nominal consideration, as well as a sale to an international conglomerate for in excess of forty million dollars.

Steve has practiced with Essex Richards since 1976.  In 2005, the firm selected him to become managing partner, where he serves as one of the  leaders of the firm, and manages the firm’s business and administrative matters.

Steve has actively participated in a variety of church, professional, and civic activities, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Area Fund, and the Charlotte Certified Development Corporation.

Steve and his wife, Nancy, have two children. In his spare time, Steve likes to exercise, play golf, travel, and support the Tarheels.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, J.D., 1976.
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B.S. Business Administration, 1973.

Professional Recognition

Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, 2016, 2017

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2017-2018), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (2017-2018).


Associations & Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1976)
  • U.S. Federal Court
    • Western District of North Carolina
    • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Tax Court (1980)

Professional Associations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Taxation, Real Property, Corporate, Banking and Business Law, Estate and Probate Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association, Taxation, Real Property, Corporate, Banking and Business Law Sections, Member
  • Charlotte Estate Planning Council, Member

Steve's Approach to Business Law...

I like to try to make deals happen, not keep them from happening.