Rooney Law Appoints Veteran Chief Legal Officer Steve Wilansky as Managing Partner

Steven C. Wilansky

New York, NY, August 3, 2023 – International corporate law firm Rooney Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Wilansky to the position of Managing Partner based in Chicago. Steve’s appointment further strengthens the firm’s leadership capabilities and provides a unique perspective on building long-term client relationships, given his substantial in-house experience.

Steve has spent most of his career as a Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel in start-up, emerging, and high-growth B2C, B2B, and SaaS companies with a broad range of private equity, venture capital, asset management, and family office investors. Through this diverse experience, he brings a deeper understanding of the importance of balancing and managing risk while maintaining an agile and entrepreneurial culture. His skill set will further enable Rooney Law to deliver critical and effective general counsel offerings to its start-up, scale-up, and institutional client base.

“Having spent many years as a senior in-house lawyer, I am in tune with the importance of understanding each client’s business at strategic, tactical, and operational levels. And, of course, the emphasis on managing outside counsel spend,” said Steve. “I’m excited to be part of the outstanding Rooney Law team and contribute to the value we bring to our clients.”

“Steve is a highly experienced, skilled counselor who adds tremendously to our ability to deliver for our clients,” said Allan Rooney, Founding Partner. “He’s also an exceptional manager and mentor who will accelerate our team’s growth and the firm’s overall success.  We’re delighted to have him on board.”

In 2004, Steve helped lead Arrow Financial Services, a large privately held consumer debt purchaser, through acquisition by publicly-held SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae), later serving as General Counsel of Sallie Mae’s Asset Performance Group division. In 2011, he was part of the founding team at Javlin Capital, a specialty finance commercial lender. Steve served on the Advisory Board of Attunely Inc., an innovative cloud-based machine learning technology platform designed to increase revenue recovery and optimize yield in the financial services and fintech industries, then joined the company as Chief Legal & Compliance Officer in 2018. As a thought leader, Steve has served as a board director and steering committee member of several consumer financial services and technology industry associations.

Steve graduated from Cornell University and The George Washington University National Law Center. He is admitted as an attorney in Washington, DC.

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About Rooney Law

Rooney Law is an international law firm with offices in New York, San Francisco, and London, with an affiliation in Hong Kong. Our lawyers represent a wide range of clients worldwide, including established multinational public corporations, emerging start-up enterprises, investment funds, financial institutions, governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit entities. The firm applies a flexible, business-focused, and entrepreneurial approach to providing sophisticated legal services and solutions seamlessly across jurisdictions.

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