Joseph R. Stead, Esq., MBA
As Founder and Managing Partner, Joseph Stead works closely with the firm’s associates and support staff on all matters, but with a primary focus on business, corporate, and estate planning.
Mr. Stead founded Stead & Associates, PLLC in 2021 with the goal of helping individuals and small businesses grow and expand their wealth. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Mr. Stead learned the ins and outs of small business from a young age. He carried those experiences with him through college and earned his B.S. in Business Management and MBA in Finance from Niagara University near Buffalo, New York. Later, Mr. Stead attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he focused his studies on business organizations, corporate governance, securities and cryptocurrency regulations, intellectual property and related transactional matters. In law school, Mr. Stead conducted extensive research and co-authored numerous publications pertinent to SEC and CFTC regulation and oversight, investing, blockchain technology, business management and corporate structuring and governance. He also received the CALI Award for Excellence in Trade Secret Law. Mr. Stead is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Stead worked as an Assistant Vice President at Citigroup, where he worked on risk assessments, analysis and banking regulations. He was also a business analyst at M&T Bank in Treasury Operations back-office where he worked extensively on the Collateral and Derivatives desks .
Before his corporate and legal careers, Mr. Stead honorably served for six years as an Airman in the United States Air Force. In this capacity, he was integral in military training and monitoring, coordinating and leading large operational teams, and supervising ramp and cargo procedures here, in the United States, and abroad during his combat tour in Afghanistan. For his service, he was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2012), the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal (2012), the National Defense Service Medal (2009), and the Global War on Terrorism Medal (2009).
Mr. Stead prides himself on what he and his firm have to offer. He strives to help all of his clients build businesses they can be proud of while growing their personal and familial wealth. In those efforts, Mr. Stead lives by a set of values instilled in him during his time in the United States Air Force. Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.