Steven counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, media communications and technology, energy, corporate governance, real estate and finance issues. He represents clients in their local, regional and national disputes and matters.
An AV-rated litigator, Steven is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group and Financial Services practice group. He handles complex litigation in trial and appellate courts and in arbitration, and advises on transactional matters as well.
Steven’s extensive experience in intellectual property matters includes representing former employers, departing employees, and new employers in trade secret litigation and advocating for both plaintiffs and defendants in trademark, copyright and patent litigation.
As an advisor to media, publishing and communications clients, such as KOIN-TV and East Oregonian Publishing Co., Steven addresses issues such as applicability of media shield laws, reporters' privileges, prior restraints on publication, defamation, invasion of privacy, newsgathering methods, public records, public meetings, licensing, and copyright.
Steven has broad experience in securities litigation and arbitrations for issuers, brokers, and customers. He also has substantial experience in disputes concerning valuations, earn-outs, indemnities and other issues arising out of corporate and financing transactions.
A strategic advantage Steven brings to his client’s matters is his skill in presenting technical issues and financial data in an accessible and compelling manner.
After law school, Steven was a law clerk for The Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, United States District Court, Central District of California, and The Honorable Edwin J. Peterson, Chief Justice/Associate Justice, Oregon Supreme Court.
Other Court Admissions — U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th and 9th Circuits
U.S. District Courts for all Districts in Oregon, California, and Washington
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Bell Data v. Symbol Technologies Inc. — (USDC, E.D. Mich.) - Successfully defended technology client accused of misappropriation, copyright infringement, and unfair competition by a software developer.
Cano v. Schreiner — (Clark County, WA Superior Court) – Obtained a favorable jury verdict for a retiring shareholder who challenged the appraisal value of his shares in several closely-held corporations.
Guydish v. U.S. Bakery — (King County, WA Superior Court/Washington Court of Appeals) – Defended successfully, in trial court and on appeal, a class action seeking unpaid overtime on behalf of route sales persons for a regional company.
Miller v. KOIN-TV — (Marion County Circuit Court) – Successfully defended KOIN-TV against claims that political advertising aired by the station was false and misleading.
Orion IP, LLC v. Thule AB, et al. — (USDC, E.D. Tex.) - Defended Yakima Products patent infringement action involving client's website.