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Stephen D. Lentz, Esq. Founding Attorney

Stephen D. Lentz, Esq.

Stephen D. Lentz, Esq.
Founding Attorney

Stephen D. Lentz has been an attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1975. Since then he has guided his firm to become a boutique business and estate planning practice. Lentz Law Group serves clients in the following areas: corporate law, entertainment law, intellectual property, elder law, estate planning, non-profit law and church law. Lentz Law Group is equipped to handle the needs of corporations, estates and tax-exempt organizations both in the United States and around the globe. Lentz Law Group has clients in over twenty states and in a dozen countries. Mr. Lentz maintains an active caseload in the corporate law and estate planning sector, and he also assists nonprofit organizations and churches with planning and compliance.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Lentz serves as an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law, where he has taught Wills, Trusts & Estates, Law Practice Management, International Business Transactions, and Entertainment Law. He was awarded the coveted “Adjunct Professor of the Year” by the Student Bar Association in 2007 and 2008. He also served as Adjunct Faculty of Regent University’s Graduate School of Communications where he taught Media Law, Policy and Ethics.

Prior to establishing his current law practice in Tidewater Virginia, Mr. Lentz spent fifteen years in the television industry. From 1997-2000, he was the President of Middle East Television. He was responsible for crafting the legal strategy to change the commercial broadcast laws in Israel to permit non-Israeli television entities to run advertising targeted at Israel. Middle East Television became the largest super-station in the Middle East, reaching a potential audience of over 100 million viewers in seventeen Arab countries and all of Israel. Mr. Lentz functioned as in-house counsel, and appeared either in person or by counsel before the Israeli Supreme Court six times in the fourteen months prior to 1999.

From 1993-1997, Mr. Lentz was the President and CEO of FiT TV. While there, Mr. Lentz was instrumental in building FiT TV into an attractive national niche cable network. As in-house counsel, he was responsible for both employment and television broadcast law compliance as well as entertainment contracts. During this time, he regularly dealt with issues related to interstate commercial law and emerging cyber-law issues.  He helped craft the strategy to sell the company to Fox Sports in 1997.

From 1985-1993, he was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for International Family Entertainment, where he managed advertising sales offices in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. He was part of the strategic management team that led to International Family Entertainment’s successful IPO and later sale to Rupert Murdoch for $1.6 billion.

Professional Memberships

Member, Virginia State Bar: Business Law Section, Corporate Counsel Section, and Trusts & Estates Section

Academic Service

Adjunct Faculty: Regent University School of Law
Wills, Trusts & Estates; Entertainment Law; International Business Transactions
Adjunct Faculty: Regent University Graduate School of Communications
Media Law, Policy & Ethics

Board Membership

Christian Business Chamber of America: Founder, Former Chairman of the Board
Batterson Ministries, Inc.: Board Member
Still Hope Foundation: Board Member
Amy Lambert Global Ministries, Inc., Charlotte, NC: Board Member, Secretary
The King’s Kitchen, Inc., Charlotte, NC: Board Member

Education

Juris Doctor, 1975, Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Cum Laude, 1971, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

 Publications

“One Life Can Make A Difference: It Was Never About the Ketchup! The Life and Leadership Secrets of H.J. Heinz”