Steve is a trial and appellate lawyer who concentrates his practice in the area of federal patent litigation. In addition, his litigation experience extends to protecting other key drivers of business success, including trademarks, trade secrets, cyber security and confidential information. Steve further relies on his background as an Assistant U.S. Attorney to practice in the area of white collar criminal defense, responding to government inquiries and conducting internal investigations. Steve is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team.
In patent litigation throughout the U.S., Steve draws on his deep writing and trial experience to investigate facts and identify credible witnesses, develop offensive and defensive strategies for achieving the desired outcome, and reduce diverse, complex technologies to fit the varied expertise and time limitations ever present in federal court. A large part of Steve’s success is the result of working closely with clients to understand their technologies, products and brands as well as they do, and to efficiently convey the facts and law to judges and juries. Given the high costs of patent litigation and any federal court litigation, Steve actively seeks early and efficient disposition of a client’s dispute. When a case has to be tried and a client’s market share is on the line, Steve has the experience and the record to be the trial lawyer of choice.
As lead counsel, Steve has tried more than 40 complex federal jury trials to verdict and briefed and argued more than 35 federal appeals including one en banc argument in the Eighth Circuit. In 2014, he was a member of the team that briefed and won the Octane Fitness patent fees case in the U.S. Supreme Court. Remarkably, Steve has a perfect record of success in trial and on appeal.
While Steve represents both patentees as well as accused infringers, to date not one of his accused infringer clients has paid a dime to a patentee. Several patent cases have involved electronics, IOT products, software and computer control of industrial processes. In one significant case, the asserted patents were found invalid prior to discovery. In one case, a settlement was reached in which Steve’s client ended up owning the plaintiff and its asserted patents.
Steve’s deep experience in all federal crimes and with numerous U.S. Attorney’s offices and the U.S. Department of Justice also make him an excellent choice for criminal representation. None of his criminal defense clients has been charged with a crime. As a prosecutor, his experience included large domestic and international white collar fraud, tax, federal capital murder and public corruption offenses. As a Supervisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Steve oversaw a White Collar Crime Unit, an Environmental Crimes Task Force, an Anti-Terrorism Task Force and a Cybercrimes Unit. For many years, he was one of the lead federal capital prosecutors in the U.S., performed in that role in several federal districts, served on the Attorney General’s Capital Crimes Review Committee and Working Group and co-authored capital jury instructions in the Eighth Circuit.
Steve continues his public service as a member of two committees for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and co-teaches “Intellectual Property Litigation” as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law.
Federal IP Litigation Experience
Federal Criminal Experience
Other Federal Litigation Experience