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Steve represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial disputes, including intellectual property matters, business torts, contracts, securities claims, and employment-related issues. He tries cases, handles appeals, engages in ADR, and assists clients with litigation-related counseling.

Steve joined Savitt Bruce & Willey in 2003 and previously practiced with Perkins Coie in Seattle and Latham & Watkins in Menlo Park, California. Steve has also been in-house as the sole Corporate Counsel for a 100-employee start-up company, where he was responsible for all legal matters, including contracting, corporate finance, and intellectual property enforcement. He is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Wisconsin Law School and is licensed in Washington and California.

In prior incarnations, Steve taught high school, was a free-lance writer, did a stint as a chef, and worked in a nightclub. Steve lives on Bainbridge Island with the lovely and talented Gretchen and their three children. When not working like a dog or wrangling small fry, Steve likes piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, the feel of the ocean and, of course, the taste of champagne.

Areas of Practice
Contracts and Commercial Litigation
Corporate Governance Disputes
Employment Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Risk Management and Litigation Avoidance
Real Estate Litigation
Securities Litigation

Prior Professional Experience
Latham & Watkins LLP, Menlo Park CA, 2001-2003
ELetter Inc. / Launchpoint, San Jose CA, Corporate Counsel, 2000-2001
Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle WA, 1994-2000

Contact & Links
  • Joshua Green Building, Suite 800
    1425 Fourth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101-2272
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, J.D., graduated 1994
  • Williams College, BA, graduated 1985
Bar Admissions
  • Washington, State Bar Association
  • California, State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin, State Bar Association (Inactive)
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy - Member, 2004-present
  • American Inn of Court - Member, Intellectual Property Division, 2001-present
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington - Member
  • Washington State Bar Association - Member
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2018
  • Named in Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers, 2013, 2016-2017
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers Top 100 List, 2017
  • Named BTI Client Service All-Star, 2015
  • Named one of “Washington’s Most Amazing Attorneys”, Washington CEO magazine, 2006
  • 10.0 Rating on Avvo.com
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Litigation - Real Estate

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