Maxwell Briskman Stanfield


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  • J.D., Southwestern Law School
  • B.A., Washington & Jefferson College

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Maxwell Briskman Stanfield is a creative problem solver. His knowledge and experience lend to a range of clients across a number of industries covering a broad spectrum of corporate, business, financial, commercial real estate and entertainment industry transactions.

He regularly assists clients with contract drafting and interpretation; business acquisitions and divestitures; commercial real estate acquisition, disposition, and leasing; financing arrangements (CMBS, traditional bank financing, equity raises); exempt-securities transactions; franchise agreements; business entity formation and structure; and nonprofit organization matters. He is also a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Small Business Loan Team.

Maxwell also has experience with software licensing agreements as well as master service agreements, terms and conditions, terms of service, and statements of work.

Within his entertainment practice, Maxwell assists production companies, marketing and branding agencies, artists, entertainers, fashion designers, and other creative industry professionals with all aspects of their art form and their business – from advising on general business and intellectual property matters to assisting with any of the needs mentioned above.

Maxwell was voted for inclusion in the inaugural 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, for Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and again for the 2022 edition for both Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law, an honor based on rigorous peer review, and achieved by less than 1% of all practicing attorneys nationwide.

He is the current Chairperson of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Corporate, Banking & Business Law Section.

Within the firm, he is a member of the Corporate & Business Law, Real Estate & Lending, Intellectual Property, and Nonprofit Practice Groups.

Professional Involvement

  • Diversity Committee, Meyer Unkovic & Scott, LLP
  • Step Up Chair, Cardozo Society, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Pittsburgh)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division, Membership Outreach Committee
      • Co-Chair, 2019-2022
    • Corporate, Banking & Business Law Section Council
      • Chair, 2020-2022
      • Vice-Chair, 2019-2020
      • Secretary & Treasurer, 2018 – 2019
    • Real Property Section
    • Membership Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
    • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
    • PBA E-Mentor Program, Mentor
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International

Community Involvement

  • The Washington & Jefferson Alumni Pre-Law Advisory Committee
  • SteelTree Fund, Board Member
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Leadership Council Member
    • Membership, Co-Chair
    • Young Professionals Club, Committee Member
  • Soiree Committee, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Children’s Trust Member of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Associate Board of Ambassadors Pittsburgh, American Cancer Society
  • Host Committee, “This is Us”, Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Volunteer
  • “Twilight Picnic for the Parks: Back in the Swing,” Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Host Committee

Additional Information

Prior to joining Meyer Unkovic & Scott, Maxwell was an associate with the Corporate, Hospitality and Real Estate Finance practice groups at a large national law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh. Before that, he lived in Los Angeles, California where he focused his legal studies on all aspects of entertainment and media law. While in law school, Maxwell served as Copy Editor and Senior Staff Writer for The Commentator. Maxwell received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Spanish from Washington & Jefferson College, where he served as President of the Pre-Law Society.

  • Counsel businesses, of various sizes, and individuals in major transactions, corporate governance matters, and day-to-day legal and business affairs.
  • Represent clients with both stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Assist clients with drafting and interpretation of contracts, including review with respect to force majeure language, requirements, and conditions to determine what type of relief may be available with respect to excuse of performance under COVID-19.
  • Draft, negotiate, and review entertainment industry agreements, including but not limited to, filming location agreements, option agreements, writer engagement agreements, film financing arrangements, licensing agreements, and multiple rights deals.
  • Represent and advise borrowers and financial institutions in commercial lending transactions, including drafting, negotiating and reviewing credit agreements, loan agreements, and ancillary loan documents.
  • Advise individuals, businesses, developers, investors, and non-profit organizations in all facets of real estate acquisition, investment and development, including drafting, negotiating and reviewing purchase and sale agreements, and ancillary acquisition agreements.
  • Draft, negotiate, and review office, retail, and industrial leases and ancillary occupancy and access agreements.
  • Conduct due diligence examinations in connection with business acquisitions and title and survey examinations in connection with property acquisitions.
  • Counsel clients with respect to the formation and representation of non-profit and tax-exempt organizations.
  • J.D., Southwestern Law School, 2011
    • Copy Editor & Senior Staff Writer, The Commentator
  • B.A., Washington & Jefferson College, 2008


Speaking Engagements

  • CLE Co-Presenter, Celesq West Legal Ed Center, “NFTs – How Do They Fit in the Existing Legal Framework?” August 24, 2021.
  • Moderator, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Cardozo Society Panel “What They Don’t Teach You in Law School,” Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
  • Roundtable Leader, ICSC OKIMP Retail Development & Law Symposium, Virtual, “What’s the Deal? Due Diligence Similarities and Differences in Real Estate Acquisitions vs. Corporate Acquisitions,” April 23, 2021.
  • Panelist, Duquesne Law School Corporate Law Society Panel, April 7, 2021.
  • Co-Presenter, Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, “Things They Don’t Teach You in Law School, Session 2: Building Business,” February 18, 2021.
  • CLE Webinar Co-Presenter, Meyer Unkovic Scott LLP, “COVID Talking Points Every Practitioner Should be Familiar With When Talking to Clients,” January 28, 2021.
  • CLE Webinar Presenter, Allegheny County Bar Association, “Force Majeure and Defenses to Contract Performance in the COVID Landscape,” July 24, 2020.
  • CLE presenter, PBI Day on Real Estate Pittsburgh, on the topic, “Representing Clients in the Marijuana Business,” March 5, 2020.
  • Roundtable leader, ICSC OKIMP Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, Ohio, on the topic, “Lights, Camera, Action! Filming Location Agreements and Shopping Centers,” February 28, 2020.
  • Roundtable leader, ICSC U.S. Law Conference, San Diego, California on the topic, “Repurposing Retail and Thinking Outside the Box: The Changing Landscape of Malls and Big Box Stores,” on October 25, 2019.
  • Co-Presenter for CLE presentation, Alcoa/Arconic on the topic, “Ethical Considerations of Sitting on a Non-Profit Board,” on August 23, 2018.
  • Included in Best Lawyers of America® 2022 Ones to Watch list for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Included in Best Lawyers of America® 2021 Ones to Watch list for Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • 2019 inductee into the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Young Lawyer Fellows Program
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award (highest grade) in Advertising Law Practice, Southwestern Law School
  • Edward Sell Distinguished Service Award, Washington & Jefferson College