Profile

Steve represents clients in antitrust, intellectual property, and other complex litigation, with a particular focus on high technology and communications matters. 

He brings extensive experience and judgment based on decades of practice in U. S. courts and before state, federal, and international enforcement agencies.  He has successfully litigated disputes in courts throughout the United States and successfully advocated for clients in international administrative fora, including in the United States, European Union, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.  He has also counseled clients extensively through some of their most complex disputes and business challenges, and is regularly called upon by major clients to consult and advise at the highest level.

Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Steve was a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U. S. Department of Justice in San Francisco. His experience with the Antitrust Division covered the full range of antitrust enforcement, including extensive criminal, merger, non-merger civil and policy work. He was a senior member of the trial team in United States v. Microsoft Corporation (D.D.C. 1998). Steve has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer each of the past four years.

Experience

Steve’s notable matters with the firm include:

  • Representation of SolarCity in antitrust litigation in federal court in Arizona against the Salt River Project electric utility
  • Representation of Sony and related entities in connection with government antitrust investigations and civil suits filed in connection with the optical disk drive industry in the Northern District of California
  • Representation of Oracle in Oracle America Corporation v. SAP AG et al. (N.D. Cal. 2010), in which his client was awarded $1.3 billion for copyright infringement–the largest copyright infringement verdict in history by a factor of almost 10
  • Representation of multiple clients in connection with antitrust litigation against and international complaints regarding Qualcomm’s abuse of industry standardization processes and monopolization of key mobile wireless products; for Broadcom, these efforts ultimately resulted in a seminal Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding standard-setting (Broadcom v. Qualcomm) and an approximately $900 million settlement award to Broadcom;   for Texas Instruments, these efforts ultimately resulted in the Korea Fair Trade Commission's imposition of a fine of over $200 million—the largest fine in the history of the Commission
  • Representation of plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (N.D. Cal, Ninth Circuit, Supreme Court), the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8 under the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution
  • Representation of Napster in its copyright dispute with the Recording Industry Association of America

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D.
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., With high honors, American History; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

Bars

  • California

Government Service

Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

Clerkships

  • Hon. Malcolm M. Lucas, California Supreme Court