Stephen D. Lentz first began practicing in Tidewater Virginia in 1985. Since that time he has guided his firm to become a boutique practice that concentrates in the following primary areas: corporate formation, complex business transactions, simple and complex estate planning and exempt organization (nonprofit), foundation, and church/ministry representation.
Mr. Lentz has guided the development of the firm into a practice that is equipped to handle corporate, estate, tax-exempt organization needs, both in the US and around the globe. Mr. Lentz has clients in many states throughout the US and in several countries around the world. While Mr. Lentz maintains an active caseload in the corporate law and estate planning sector, he also represents exempt organizations in planning and compliance.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Lentz serves as an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law, where he has taught Wills, Trusts & Estates and Law Practice Management. He was awarded the coveted “Adjunct Professor of the Year” by the Student Bar Association in 2007 and 2008.
Prior to establishing his current law practice in Tidewater Virginia, Mr. Lentz spent fifteen years in the television industry. From 1997-2000, he was the President of Middle East Television. He was responsible for crafting the legal strategy to change the commercial broadcast laws in Israel to permit non-Israeli television entities to run advertising targeted at Israel. Representing the largest super-station in the Middle East, reaching a potential audience of over 100 million viewers in 17 Arab countries and all of Israel, Mr. Lentz functioned as in-house counsel, and appeared either in person or by counsel before the Israeli Supreme Court six times in the fourteen months prior to 1999.
From 1993-1997, Mr. Lentz was the President and CEO of FiT TV. While there, Mr. Lentz was instrumental in building FiT TV into an attractive national niche cable network. As in-house counsel, he was responsible for employment law compliance, television broadcast and entertainment contracts. During this time, he regularly dealt with issues related to interstate commercial law and emerging cyber-law issues.
From 1985-1993, he was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for International Family Entertainment, where he managed advertising sales offices in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. He was part of the strategic management team that lead to International Family Entertainment completing a successful IPO and later sale to Rupert Murdoch for $1.6 billion.
Member, Virginia State Bar:
- Business Law Section.
- Corporate Counsel Section.
- Trusts & Estates Section.
Member, American Bar Association:
- Real Property, Probate & Trust Division.
- Entertainment & Sports Industry Division.
- Labor & Employment Law Division.
- Adjunct Faculty: Regent University School of Law
- Wills, Trusts and Estates
- Intellectual Property
- International Law
- Adjunct Faculty: Regent University Graduate School of Communications
- Law, Policy & Ethics
- Christian Business Chamber of America: Founder, Chairman of the Board
- Christian Business Chamber of Hampton Roads: Founding Board Member, Vice-President
- Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation:
- Batterson Ministries, Inc.: Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer
- The Senior Mile Foundation: Board Member
- Still Hope Foundation: Board Member
- Amy Lambert Global Ministries, Inc, Charlotte, NC: Board Member, Secretary
- The King’s Kitchen, Inc., Charlotte, NC: Board Member
Juris Doctor, 1975, Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Cum Laude, 1971, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio