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Randy K. Sterns

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1801 North Highland Ave
Tampa, Florida 33602
T: 813.204.6401
F: 813.223.9620

Randy Sterns has extensive  experience  representing entities that seek financing, forming broker-dealer firms, investment and loan funds, as well as representing financial institutions, credit union service organizations,  public and private companies.  Mr. Sterns’ transactional practice has focused on assisting clients comply with their federal and state securities law reporting, compliance and disclosure obligations and advising public and private companies.  Mr. Sterns has assisted clients structure stock equity plans, incentive stock option and nonqualified equity plans, management bonus plans, incentive and deferred compensation arrangements and employment agreements for public, private and tax-exempt entities. He has also advised clients structure and launch real estate, mortgage loan and technology focused investment funds, hedge funds, and investment entities.  Mr. Sterns also advises clients in intellectual property matters relating to the use, registration of and maintenance of trademarks and he regularly advises clients in connection with licensing, supply, manufacturing, distribution and non-disclosure agreements designed to protect their intellectual property rights.  Mr. Sterns also represents tax-exempt organizations including charities, private and charter schools, foundations, social service entities, supporting and religious organizations with regards to formation issues, mergers, planned giving, securities and bond offerings, financing transactions, the acquisition and expansion of facilities, and he assists public charities in administering, documenting and structuring charitable gifts, trusts and agreements, furnishes advice regarding private inurement,  private benefit, conflict of interest and fiduciary issues and assists tax-exempt entities structure and implement strategies involving the use of affiliated entities.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Mr. Sterns began his career serving as Legislative Assistant and Counsel to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R. OR) from 1979 until 1984 and he was actively involved in tax simplification, tax reform initiatives and religious liberty issues, including the Equal Access Act of 1984 which granted legal protection to non-curriculum related student groups to meet for religious purposes.  He has continued to be actively involved in assisting churches, private schools, charter schools, athletic organizations, community service organizations and is actively involved in assisting and supporting international mission organizations which focus their efforts on the needs of orphans.  Mr. Sterns has served on the Board of Directors of Youth Empowered to Achieve, Inc., The Academies, Inc., Pepin Academies, Inc., Florida Elite Basketball, Inc., and he currently serves as a trustee for the U.S. Fixed Income Trust, a Delaware trust that operates local government pooled investment funds in Florida and Texas and on the Board of Directors of the Pepin Academies Foundation, Inc., Huddle Touch, Inc. and West Coast Officials Association, Inc.  He is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and Non-Profit Organizations, State Regulation of Securities, Exempt Transactions and Exempt Securities sub-committees and regularly contributes to and speaks at seminars relating to not-for-profit organizations.

Honors & Recognitions

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, by Martindale-Hubbell®


Mr. Sterns was born in Mason City, Iowa and raised in Oregon.


Georgetown University, LL.M., Taxation, 1984

Willamette University, J.D., 1979

  • The Willamette Law Review

Willamette University, M.B.A., 1979

Oral Roberts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1975

Bar and Court Admissions


United States Tax Court