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Steven L. Brinker

Steve is a partner with the firm and Chair of the Business Law Group. He focuses on corporate and business law and assists clients with the formation, financing and development of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.  He also represents businesses and their owners in transactions including mergers, stock sales and asset sales.    

Steve’s experience as a tax attorney allows him to advise business clients in tax law matters, including the tax consequences of mergers, acquisitions and other business transactions, and help develop a plan to address and mitigate negative tax consequences.  His practice also includes advising tax-exempt entities in all aspects of corporate and federal tax law, including obtaining and retaining federal tax-exempt status.
Georgetown University Law Center LL.M., Taxation, Graduate with Distinction, Dean’s List, 2005
Washington & Lee University, J.D., Thomas Smith Purdie Scholarship, 2002
University of Virginia, B.A., 1999
Bar/Court Admissions
Delaware (Inactive)
District of Columbia
Community Involvement
Washington & Lee University Alumni Association—Tidewater Chapter, President
Representative Experience
Articles and Presentations
  • Represent businesses in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and entity formations.
  • Assist business owners with business succession planning, including drafting buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, trusts and other relevant documents.
  • Form and structure joint ventures, including preparation of relevant documents.
  • Assist alternative energy producers with project acquisitions and dispositions, and power and gas sales.
  • Represent physicians and dentists in practice sales and acquisitions.
  • Represent senior living facility operators in facility acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Prepare applications for federal tax-exemption and reinstatement of federal tax-exemption following revocation.
  • Represent franchisees in business and franchise matters.
  • Serve as loan counsel to banks.
  • Represent entities in the acquisition, financing, development and disposition of real estate.
  • A Stock Purchase for Tax Purchases and an Asset Purchase for Nontax Purposes—How to Use an F Reorganization to Get There (April 2010)
News and Updates
CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on April 17, 2017
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that nine of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. ......
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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. Attorneys Named to Virginia Business Magazine’s 2016 “Legal Elite”
Posted on November 30, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Virginia Business Magazine among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” for 2016. Steven L. Brinker......
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on April 7, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that ten of its lawyers were included in the 2016 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.  According to Virginia......
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CWM Welcomes Steven L. Brinker
Posted on December 1, 2015
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Steven L. Brinker has joined the firm as chair of its Business Law Group. Steve focuses on formation, financing and development......
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