About Cherin Law Offices

Current Positions

  • President, Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum
  • Founding Partner, Cherin Law Offices, P.C.


  • Carnegie Mellon University, with honors, Small Business Management (B.A., 1981)
  • Cornell Law School, with honors (J.D., 1984)

Steve Cherin

Steve launched his own business focused practice in 2013.  Prior to that, he was a shareholder of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky (chair of corporate transactions); a shareholder of Gefsky and Lehman, P.C. (served as managing partner) and the Business and Tax groups with Buchanan Ingersoll.

Cherin Law Offices, PC represents start-ups, established businesses, investors and private equity and investment banking groups, consulting practices and companies during succession and exit transactions.

Select Counsel

Cherin Law Offices is a member of Select Counsel, an exclusive network of independent attorneys. Select Counsel offers direct access to qualified solo practitioners and small firm attorneys, ensuring that clients enjoy the credibility of attorneys with large firm experience and the personalized service and reasonable rates of a boutique practice.

Law Clerk – Ewelina Evie Kemp

Cherin Law, Law Clerk – Ewelina Evie KempEwelina Evie Kemp is a JD student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she works an editor at the University of Pittsburgh Tax Review. Evie also holds an LL.M. in International Law. She gained experience as an international transactional lawyer in China and Poland working for both boutique law firms and Ernst & Young. In addition, Evie served as an intern for the Honorable John L. Musmanno in the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She is admitted to practice in Poland.

Our Approach

Types of Clients

We currently represent private equity groups, executives and developing and mature companies in a variety of industries, including engineering, medical devices and services, robotics and software. Many of these clients have relied on Steve through more than one of their business ventures and over the course of more than a decade.

Early Stage Clients

Our experience with mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments allows us to better understand and advise clients on business structuring at formation; through various financing arrangements, and during the ups and downs faced by every business. This representation includes flexible billing arrangements that allow for hands-on legal representation with a limited budget. We have assisted with the formation and growth of businesses in software, medical services, professional services, medical devises, robotics, real estate, manufacturing, on-line and traditional retail, as well as forming and guiding non-profit organizations.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our experiences with early stage and developing companies helps us understand the process needed to move from development to preparing for a sale or other major financial event. We recommend a process to get ready for a sale or other financing. We have helped the owners in successful sales of technology businesses, engineering, law, medical, oil field and insurance services, as well as manufacturers and distributors of various products. Of course, we also assist buyers or investors with the understanding of what the sellers have gone through or are going through. This includes reviews of issues that could kill a deal or make the investment more risky. We assist with a strategy for reducing that risk. When specialized legal or other professional services are required, we assist by locating and monitoring other professionals to help get the deal done.

On-Going Clients

Through the years, clients have relied on us to provide guidance and counsel for a variety of issues that arise in employment, tax, intellectual property, contract formation and disputes, and, as necessary, guide them to other professionals to address these issues in a cost-effective manner. Our experience in structuring of transactions has allowed clients to weather many storms or recoup investments.