Stephen C. Lessard is a senior associate in the Tax Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where his practice includes the taxation of financial products, debt and equity offerings, cross-border transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. He is active with the firm’s Diversity and Recruiting Committees and serves in the leadership of the firm’s Veterans Forum and LGBT Affinity Group. He has engaged in a number of pro bono projects, including providing tax advice to non-profit organizations, assisting veterans to upgrade their military discharge, providing life planning advice to LGBT individuals, and volunteering with the Servicemembers’ Legal Defense Network advising military personnel on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Mr. Lessard is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Military Working Group, where he handled a project representing transgender veterans seeking to amend their military documents to reflect name changes. This project resulted in the military services revising their policies to permit transgender veterans to change the name on their discharge certificates to match their gender identity.
During a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy, Mr. Lessard served in a number of positions on ships and ashore as a Surface Warfare Officer. He was honored with various personal and unit awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.
Mr. Lessard graduated from Texas A&M University and received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Lessard currently serves as President of the New York County Lawyers Association and is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) House of Delegates, and the NYSBA Committee on Veterans. He was named a Minority Corporate Counsel Association 2015 Rising Star and to the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2014 through 2018. He also received a NYSBA 2016 President’s Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Lessard is admitted to the Bar in New York, the United States Tax Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.