Stephen is an intellectual property and commercial contract litigator admitted to the California and Colorado State bars as well as the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the Federal Circuit. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and prosecutes to allowance patent, trademark and copyright applications for clients.
Stephen attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1990. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1994, where he achieved the Best Brief Award in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
For over 20 years, Stephen has been a trusted advisor to individuals, start-ups, small and mid-sized businesses, and Fortune 500 companies looking for a blend of litigation expertise and technical agility in complex intellectually property and business matters. For the last 12 years, Stephen was with a south Orange County IP law firm where he served as “lead counsel” in over one hundred patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret infringement actions throughout the federal district courts of California, Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, New York, E.D. Texas, and Connecticut, amongst others. Stephen has also represented clients in over eighty proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, either opposing the registration of new trademarks or seeking the cancellation of existing trademarks. Stephen also counsels clients on domain name issues and disputes under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy guidelines of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
Stephen was a commercial litigator before he became an intellectual property lawyer. While at Callahan & Blaine, he honed his litigation and trial skills in the trenches of cross-border complex commercial and business disputes in federal and California state courts. This experience combined with his formal education in a scientific discipline equipped Stephen with a blend of litigation savvy, strategic advocacy, and technical agility that is uncommon in the profession.
Stephen has exemplary analytical and organizational judgment. He practices the art of influential communication with clients, stakeholders, the court, and opposing counsel. Stephen’s litigation and technical skillset enable him to explain complex issues and recommend strategies to clients in a clear and concise manner. His goal is to not just inform clients of case developments but to also have them fully understand their significance, every step of the way.
Stephen is an avid soccer fan and has enjoyed coaching his daughter’s youth soccer teams for five years. Stephen still makes an effort to kick the ball around as much as he can, and he also enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and backpacking.