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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Stephen D. Yslas

Stephen D. Yslas

Senior Advisor


  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Government Contracts

WSG Practice Industries


Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Mr. Yslas’ primary area of expertise is integrating business and legal strategy. Mr. Yslas is an expert in corporate law and government contracts and compliance, informed by deep experience as in-house corporate counsel at one of the world’s largest defense contractors.

Bar Admissions


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • California State Bar


  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1969
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1972
Areas of Practice

Corporate & Business Law | Government Contracts | Technology

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, Northrop Grumman Corporation (Ret.); previous roles as Corporate Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General Counsel
  • Responsible for all company legal matters. Oversight of mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, intellectual property, export control, labor and employment, employee benefits, environmental, corporate governance and other federal, state and international regulatory matters
  • Private Practice and Representative Experiences
  • Chaired a client’s board committee in preparation for financing activity and ESOP
  • FCPA and Export Administration Act compliance program reviews
  • Special compliance officer overseeing business operations after government imposed compliance requirements
  • Led teams that resolved complex litigation with government agencies
  • Negotiation of resolution to anti-trust, regulatory and government policy impediments to acquisitions in the U.S., the E.U. and elsewhere
  • Leadership in consent decree compliance
  • Chair, Governance Committee, UCLA Technology Development Corp. Board of Directors
  • Legal Staff, National Labor Relations Board
  • Legal Staff, Atlantic Richfield Company

  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • Key speaker, University of Michigan Law School—National Association of Corporate Directors Program
    • Speaker to various U.S. and international organizations on anti-corruption and export control laws
    • Speaker at seminars concerning various legal and corporate governance topics

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