Sam Stahl has more than 30 years of experience counseling private equity groups, investors, and other business clients in a wide range of matters throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Far East. During his years of practice, Sam has gained experience in a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and complex commercial arrangements. He also performs general corporate advisory work for clients. 



Representative Matters

  • Counseled a leading specialty chemical company in a $170 million sale to two private equity funds
  • Represented a multinational business process and human capital business in its acquisition of a managed services provider business
  • Represented a chemistry and toxicology laboratory testing service business in a $70 million sale to a Canadian private equity fund and management
  • Represented a family business in a $60 million sale to a strategic buyer
  • Advised a West Coast private equity fund in its $150 million acquisition of a consumer products business
  • Counseled a West Coast buyer in its $75 million acquisition of a California-based wholesale goods business






  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2015
    • Recognized as one of America's leading lawyers in the Corporate/M&A field in Michigan; Chambers USA states:
      • 2019 - "Samuel Stahl has experience representing clients in the private equity market and providing guidance and advice on matters relating to M&A transactions."
      • 2018 – "Samuel Stahl regularly acts on behalf of private equity clients, advising on M&A transactions and assisting with general corporate advisory matters. He represented LeadingResponse and Huron Capital Partners in the sale of LeadingResponse to ICV Partners. A client reports: 'He is a great lawyer, but also very practical. He is instrumental in helping me get deals done and makes sure I am well protected.''"
      • 2017 – "Samuel Stahl has considerable experience advising private equity houses and investors on a broad range of matters, including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. Market commentators regard him as a 'very strong practitioner with a very strong reputation' in private equity transactions."
      • 2016 –  "Samuel Stahl has considerable experience in representing a broad range of business and private equity clients in sophisticated commercial transactions. One source said: 'He provides excellent counsel - he is very experienced in M&A transactions and is very accessible.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2024
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-2023
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisition Law, 2017, 2023
    • Leading Lawyers, Securities & Venture Finance Law, 2017, 2023
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, and 2013-2016, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Business Law Section
  • Detroit Bar Association
    • Business Law Section

News & Insights


  • Honigman is mentioned in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s People in the Law section for being recognized by Pitchbook as one of the most active law firms for private equity deals in the U.S. middle market for the third quarter of 2015
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  • Samuel T. Stahl is quoted in the Law360 article “5 Ways PE Firms Can Trump Corporate Bidders”
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  • Samuel T. Stahl is mentioned as counsel to Huron Partners in the Montreal Gazette article “Detroit’s Huron Capital Partners buys voting control in Montreal’s Artissimo Design”
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Press Releases


  • The Private Equity Alternative
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  • Completing Transactions in the Hot Sector
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