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  • Education
    • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1980
    • B.A., Whitman College, 1975
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1981
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1980

Steve focuses on the protection, licensing, distribution, and commercialization of clients’ core technology assets. Advising clients on how best to leverage their technology during mergers and acquisitions is a priority. Additionally, he provides data security best practices to help clients stay in compliance and avoid pitfalls. Steve helps clients move their most valuable data from on-premises networks to cloud platforms to take advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. He has represented and counseled clients on a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Industrial design, architecture and engineering companies
  • National Hospital Systems and healthcare clinics
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Video Game Publishers

Steve has 30+ years of experience representing clients in connection with:

  • Software and content development
  • Distribution, reseller and joint marketing agreements
  • Cloud-based hosting agreements, including Infrastructure as a Service ("IaaS") and Software as a Service ("SaaS")

• Outside legal counsel to Code.org, the global leader in K-12 computer science education, including the protection and international distribution of curriculum, character licensing, arrangements with Disney (Frozen), Lucas Films (Star Wars), Microsoft (Minecraft), Rovio (Angry Birds), PopCap Games (Plants vs Zombies) as well as technical and financial support agreements with Facebook, Amazon, and Google. One of Code.org's principal goals is to increase the representation of women and students of color in the field of Computer Science.

• Represented the largest esports organization in North America in the sale of a majority stake to a professional sports franchise.

• Acted as outside legal counsel to Picnik, the leading online photo-editing application, through the acquisition by Google in March 2010. Work included negotiating web integration agreements with Yahoo!, Facebook, MySpace and Picasa/Google.

• Acted as local counsel to Silicon Valley-based Connectix Corporation in the sale of Virtual PC for to Microsoft Corporation.

• Represented a major international video game publisher of massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) in the negotiation of a game development and publishing agreements.

• Acted as local counsel to Roper Industries in its acquisition of Verathon, a Bothell Washington medical device manufacturer.

• Represented T-Mobile in web content placement agreements, multiple software license agreements and master service agreements with smartphone device manufacturers.

• Represented Tully's coffee company in negotiating its principal U.S. and international trademark license and product distribution agreements with Keurig/Green Mountain Coffee.

• Represented SousVide device manufacturer, which previously held the Kickstarter record for raising $823,000.

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January 25, 2021
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Preventative Maintenance for Your Business - The Owner’s Manual
Speaker, 2nd Annual Walla Walla Business Summit
April 2014
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Legal Issues for Startups: Working with Outsourced Software Developers
Speaker, SURF Incubator
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Legal Issues for Startups: Licensing of Software and Software as a Service (SaaS)
Speaker, SURF Incubator
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Sustainability Summit
Speaker, Seattle University School of Law, Program Chair, Continuing Legal Education Seminar
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Licensing, Contracts & Agreements, Web Hosting
Speaker, Web Design and Development Seminar Series, 2001
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Preventing Piracy in the Digital Age
Speaker, American Corporate Counsel Association, 2001