Stephen L. Golan


Stephen Golan co-founded Golan Christie Taglia in 1993. He served as the firm’s Managing Partner from its inception until June 2021 when he turned the reins over to the next generation in order to return to servicing clients full-time.

As a practicing lawyer, Stephen’s career has been spent working with closely held businesses and their owners. He is both an MBA and a CPA, and has been involved in family businesses for decades. As such, he understands the numbers and the issues faced by family businesses and has counseled many of his clients for more than 40 years.

Stephen’s legal career is dedicated to the areas of corporate and real estate law where his experiences include structuring new entities, negotiating and drafting the various agreements required to successfully operate a business, dealing with structural changes as the business expands and contracts, negotiating the ultimate sale of the enterprise and advising owners of the next steps, and the purchase/sale and development of real estate.

He is an authority at dealing with the dynamics of operating closely held businesses, which often go beyond day-to-day legal issues. 

Stephen’s goal is to provide creative solutions to address both the legal needs and owners desires while striving to maintain a positive and beneficial working relationship with all parties. With that said, he is fully experienced and prepared to litigate when necessary to achieve desired goals.

Stephen’s background managing GCT combined with his personal involvement in a number of clients and non-clients businesses, affords him a unique and deeply qualified approach to representation.

Stephen believes that providing legal advice does not occur in a vacuum. Providing the best legal advice requires knowing the clients – understanding their financial situation, business needs and personal objectives.

Prior to forming GCT, Stephen was a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldsonn where he began his legal career in 1978.


Northwestern University, J.D., 1978
Northwestern University, M.B.A., 1978
Certified Public Accountant, 1976
Claremont Men’s College, B.A. 1974


Illinois, 1978


American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Advisory Board of Leading Lawyers


U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Martindale-HubbellSuper LawyersLeading Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent/Distinguished

Selected as a Super Lawyer (in the top 5% of attorneys)

Leading Lawyers Network


McGraw Wildlife Foundation, Member – Board of Directors


  • August 17, 2021 News

    2020 was a difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the economy across all industries, especially real estate. As the lockdown extended well beyond initial expectations, commercial lending became virtually impossible to obtain given the instability of the market and lack of forecast ability. As a result, we saw a number of commercial real estate deals delayed indefinitely and eventually terminated. On the leasing side, we had tenants defaulting on their leases and asserting force majeure as a means of temporary rent relief. But, as 2020 dragged on and we learned to navigate the unprecedented time, we finally started to see a light at the end of the tunnel as we moved into 2021.

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  • February 23, 2021 News

    Golan Christie Taglia is delighted to announce the inclusion of 21 firm attorneys to the 2021 Leading and Emerging Lawyers lists for their outstanding work in a wide range of areas including Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial and more.

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  • February 1, 2021 News

    Golan Christie Taglia is proud to announce the inclusion of nine of its attorneys to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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  • March 24, 2020 News Coronavirus Alerts

    If your business has been impacted by the Coronavirus Outbreak and the most recent mandate of our governor to “Shelter in Place,” you are not alone.

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  • January 29, 2020 News

    Four Golan Christie Taglia Partners have been selected to the 2020 Leading Lawyers list and the firm has also been honored with the inclusion in the Top 100 Law Firms for Illinois list.

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