Stephen M. Edwards

Special Counsel

Edwards, Stephen M.

Stephen Edwards has a general real estate practice, with particular focus on commercial conveyancing and retail development. He has represented clients in a broad range of local and national commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions and sales, leasing, development, financing and construction.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Edwards was associated with the law firm Thompson Hine in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1987 to 1990, he was a lieutenant in the US Navy Chaplain Corps, serving with the US Marine Corps.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for his real estate law practice

Publications & News


August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 7, 2017

Real Estate Finance: Massachusetts

A Q&A guide to real estate finance law for borrowers and lenders in Massachusetts written by Partner Paul Jakubowski and Special Counsel Stephen Edwards, published by Practical Law (Thomson Reuters 2017).

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

November 17, 2010

WilmerHale Announces 2011 Partner and Special Counsel Promotions

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the 16 lawyers who will be elevated to partner and special counsel, effective January 1, 2011. They represent all five legal departments, across five of the firm's offices, and serve clients in the technology, life sciences, financial services and other areas of greatest challenge, complexity and importance.

May 11, 2005

WilmerHale Attorneys Named Rising Stars by Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Recognition Awarded to Twenty-nine of WilmerHale’s Massachusetts-based Attorneys

Professional Activities

Mr. Edwards is a past President of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, and continues to serve on its Title Standards Committee and Board of Directors. He is a chapter author and faculty panelist on commercial purchase and sale agreements for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publication Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Documents in Massachusetts. He is also a chapter author on leases and tenancies for MCLE’s Crocker’s Notes on Common Forms. Mr. Edwards is a member of the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association and a member of the Real Property and Probate Section of the American Bar Association.


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JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1993

MDiv, Yale Divinity School, 1983

BA, Yale University, 1980

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