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  • Stephen D. Lentz

    Partner

    Stephen D. Lentz is Senior Counsel with Anchor Legal Group, PLLC in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    Prior to joining Anchor Legal Group, Steve guided his former firm Lentz Law Group, which he founded, to become a boutique business and estate planning practice, serving clients in the areas of corporate formation, complex business transactions, entertainment law, intellectual property, non-profit law, foundation and church/ministry representation, simple and complex estate planning, and elder law. He has counseled corporations and non-profit organizations in both the United States and around the world.

    One of the top 5 “Church Law Authorities” in the U.S. representing denominations and churches in all 50 states and every province in Canada.

    In addition to his legal practice, Steve serves as 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 also served as Adjunct Faculty of Regent University’s Graduate School of Communications where he taught Media Law, Policy and Ethics.

    Prior to establishing the Lentz Law Group in Tidewater, Virginia, Steve 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. Steve 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 to 1997, Steve was the President and CEO of Fit TV, and was instrumental in building the company 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, Steve 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 $1.8 billion.

    Bar Memberships

    • Supreme Court of Virginia, Virginia State Bar
    • Supreme Court of Tennessee, Tennessee State Bar

    Professional Affiliations

    • Virginia Bar Association
      • Business Law Section
      • Corporate Counsel Section
      • Trusts & Estates Section
    • Adjunct Faculty, Regent University School of Law
    • Adjunct Faculty, Regent University Graduate School of Communications

    Honors and Awards

    • 2017-2018 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, COVABIZ Magazine, January 2018.
    • 2018-2019 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, COVABIZ Magazine, January 2019
    • 2019-2020 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, COVABIZ Magazine, January 2020
    • Virginia Business Legal Elite – 2021

    Honors/Awards

    top 40 under 40
    Rue Ratings
    10 best 2016
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    Local Areas We Serve

    VIRGINIA

    • Virginia Beach
    • Chesapeake
    • Norfolk
    • Suffolk
    • Portsmouth
    • Newport News
    • Hampton
    • Eastern Shore

    Also Serving Clients Nationwide

    Anchor Legal Group, PLLC Helps Clients with Various Legal Needs

    We view it as a special privilege to deliver the best possible outcome, regardless of our clients’ legal needs. At Anchor Legal Group, PLLC, this is our mission and our calling. We invite you to learn more about how our legal team can help you by contacting us online or by calling us today at 757-LAW-0000 to schedule a consultation. Located in Virginia Beach, we serve clients throughout Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Eastern Shore. We also serve our clients throughout the United States through our network of associated attorneys.