Craig E. Stearns


San Francisco
New York
Business Phone: 212.704.6051
Business Fax: 212.704.6288


Craig Stearns is a transactional attorney who provides legal and tax advice to clients in the financial, transportation and energy sectors. Craig represents clients in the financial, transportation and energy sectors and concentrates his practice on complex financial transactions, including all forms of leasing transactions, secured and unsecured loan transactions, tax equity transactions, and project development transactions. Craig provides both commercial law and tax advice in connection with these transactions. Craig also has extensive experience in structuring and documenting international joint ventures and strategic alliances and in advising shipping companies and other participants in the maritime industry with respect to the U.S. taxation of international shipping operations.

Craig’s practice also includes structured finance as it relates to municipal capital markets, with particular emphasis on municipal derivatives and synthetic structures, such as tender option bond programs and swap arrangements relating to those programs.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • New York State Bar Association

Professional Experience

  • Counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2012-present
  • Of Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams



  • New York University, LL.M., 1992
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1985
  • Nichols College, B.S.B.A., 1981

Bar Admissions

  • New York