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Stephen helps clients protect their innovations and defend their businesses against claims of intellectual property infringement or misappropriation.

Stephen has extensive experience litigating patent and other intellectual property matters at the district court and appellate level, and before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He finds it truly satisfying to help clients protect their ideas and innovations and—although he has experience with a range of range of technologies, including smart phone applications, speech recognition technology and GPS systems—he loves nothing more than diving into a new technology in order to help a client protect it.

Cognizant of the burden that intellectual property litigation can place on company’s business operations, Stephen utilizes his deep knowledge of intellectual property law to craft efficient legal strategies that optimize client resources and focus on achieving a client’s ultimate litigation objectives. In doing so, Stephen leverages his six years of active duty experience in the United States Navy, which both instilled a mission-first mindset and also gave him direct experience with leadership and management in a large organization—experience that Stephen uses to better understand both client needs and the operations of litigation adversaries.




  • J.D., George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
    • cum laude
  • A.B., Harvard University


  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

*Contact Stephen to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in Greenville, SC or the Washington, DC office.

“As The Link is one of the firm's largest offices, I knew I wouldn’t be the only attorney working remotely. There was a whole system in place I could join, which was really attractive to me.”

  • Secured favorable settlement for technology company in high stakes, multi-venue patent litigation against a direct competitor.
  • Drafted motion to dismiss that led to complete, pre-discovery dismissal of a patent infringement claim against a Fortune 500 consumer products company.
  • Helped secure a total victory on summary judgment for a global insurance company in a trademark matter.
  • Helped secure favorable settlement for a sensor technology company in patent litigation case involving GPS routing technology.
  • Served as principal drafter on successful partial motion to dismiss that resulted in elimination of a plaintiff in a patent infringement suit against a leading multinational manufacturing company.
  • Served as principal drafter on successful partial motion to dismiss that resulted in elimination of a plaintiff in a patent infringement suit against a leading athletic equipment company.
  • Representing group of companies defending patent infringement claims relating to safety circuitry, USB technology, and battery management systems for lithium-ion battery packs in portable power supplies. Case ongoing before the United States International Trade Commission.
Outside the Office

Stephen enjoys spending time outdoors and loves to kayak, fish, hike and run.

Community Leadership

Stephen is an active member of the Friends of the North Fork, an organization dedicated to the protection of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River—one of Stephen’s favorite kayaking and fishing spots.