Bill Steel
Partner; Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP

Executive Committee Chair of Board Governance

Bill Steel is a founding partner of Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP. Working with his law partner Herb Samuels since 1986, Bill and Herb have developed and grown a successful real estate, business and transactional practice with clients that own real estate and that have business interests throughout California.

Bill represents clients in the areas of purchase, sale, financing, leasing and development of all types of real property, as well as personal property and other business assets.  He also assists clients with forming, operating, buying and selling corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, preparing employment and independent contractor agreements and other business contracts, and obtaining trademark registrations.
 

With many years of practical business experience, Bill serves as outside general counsel for many businesses. Representative clients include large, publicly held companies, large developers of residential communities, owners of commercial, apartment, and industrial properties, golf courses, retail stores, franchises and chains, banks and other lenders, and real estate and mortgage brokers.  Bill also assists clients of large national and international law firms that do not have offices in California.

Bill is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ocean Institute, where he has served for over 25 years, including over 2 years as Chairman of the Board. He has been the board member in charge of the Ocean Institute’s annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle since its inception in 2005.  Bill’s uncle built the Ocean Institute’s sailing brig “Pilgrim” in 1975.

Serving for 10 years on the Executive Committee of SchoolPower and one year as its President, Bill helped this charitable foundation raise millions of dollars for the public schools in Laguna Beach.