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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

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

Education

  • University of Wisconsin, J.D., cum laude, 1994
  • Williams College, B.A., 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • California
  • Wisconsin (inactive)
  • 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
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin