Stephen D. Teaford

Of Counsel - Retired

  • Stephen D. Teaford
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1220

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Stephen D. Teaford represents private and public corporations in commercial loan transactions, mergers and acquisitions, sales of notes under bond indentures, securitization transactions, licensing agreements, and other business transactions. He also provides advice in connection with the organization of new business entities.

He is a member of the Commercial Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and its Subcommittee on Loan Documentation. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Teaford is also a member of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections of the Florida Bar Association.

He is a 1969 graduate of Yale Law School and a graduate of Harvard College.

Representative Matters

  • $20,000,000 cross-border secured term loan for Finnish subsidiary of US manufacturing company, including an intercreditor agreement between US lender and Finnish bank providing for buyout of derivative swap contract.

  • Advised software firm on strategy for terminating ESOP ownership of firm through repurchase of ESOP interests with 5 year promissory notes.


  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1969


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2000-present
    - Partner, 1979-2000
    - Associate, 1969-1979

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Business Law Section
    -- Commercial Financial Services Committee
    --- Loan Documentation Subcommittee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    - Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    - Business Law Section
    -- Tax Exempt Finance Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers "The Best Lawyers in America," 2006-2019

  • Listed in Best Lawyers Greater Philadelphia, 2016
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Rendell to serve on the Mayor's Housing Partnership Council which is directed to establish a housing and community development strategy for Philadelphia to develop financing resources to support the development of affordable housing and to review the city's housing agencies and programs
  • President and Director, Friends Rehabilitation Program, Inc., a non-profit developer and manager of affordable housing, 1985-2000