Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly
Jon Stechmann is proof that there are second acts in American life. He worked in the technology business for two decades, mostly in product development, before deciding to switch gears and go to law school.
Stechmann’s undergrad degree was in computer science, and while working for such companies as Control Data, he also found time to earn an MBA before getting his law degree. That adds up to a holster full of knowledge and experience to bring to his status as senior associate in the corporate finance & transactions group at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly.
“I was looking for a career where I could combine and make use of all these past fields,” said Stechmann, 50. “I didn’t want to discard anything.”
Stechmann brings a definite international slant to his work, having lived and worked abroad. Much of his practice goes toward advising both private and public companies in various corporate finance transactions. He also regularly drafts and negotiates complex agreements for the development, purchase, license and distribution of computer software and hardware, software-as-a-service and other technology-related products and services.
“The great thing about being an associate at a firm like this is that you work on a lot of different things,” he said. “What I’ve gravitated toward is large technology transactions. That lets me leverage my background in a meaningful way.”
Among many other tech-related accomplishments, Stechmann helped build American Express’s Blue Card smart card program. That work involved a deep knowledge of cryptography and authentication.
The next frontier for Stechmann will likely be legal issues in hosting software solutions in the cloud.
“There will always be challenges that go with that to keep it safe and secure,” he said. “I love working on deals and zeroing in on the most important things in a corporate entity.”