Steve has been helping people protect and capitalize on their ideas for more than 19 years. He has helped clients secure hundreds of U.S. and international patents as well as both U.S. and international trademarks and copyrights. His professional network of contacts in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia have aided clients with business opportunities throughout the world.
Clients appreciate Steve’s ability to simplify complicated legal and technical issues into plain English. Years of lecturing at continuing legal education seminars for lawyers and serving as professor at Temple and Drexel Universities have given him practice translating legal and technical jargon into plain speech.
Steve has experience drafting and negotiating agreements and licenses, including sales, takeovers, mergers, and litigation settlements. His trial experience includes examining witnesses, writing and arguing motions during trial, and preparing appellate briefs to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, both as appellant and appellee.
Steve is the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Patent Committee.
His pro bono practice includes representing children during all phases of family court; he has served as guardian ad litem for dependent children within the Philadelphia Family Court system.
Steve has owned his own law firm and practiced intellectual property law for 15 years at two large Philadelphia law firms, and is currently an attorney at Spruce Law Group, LLC.
Before he became a lawyer, Steve worked as an engineer designing and building pharmaceutical production facilities at Merck and Co., Inc., a project controls engineer working with the U.S. Navy directing naval base rehabilitation, and as an engineer in a thermal testing laboratory at ETC Laboratories, Inc.
When he’s not working, Steve has quite a few activities to keep him busy. His first joy is doing any activity with his family: His wife of 23 years Julia, their daughter Erin, and dog Caspian. Together they love the outdoors and any adventure vacation, spending at least some portion of every summer split between surfing, paddle boarding, and swimming on the Jersey Shore and hiking and exploring the Adirondacks near Big Moose Lake.
Steve is an avid reader, getting through a few books a week but in the fall, that pace falls off when Steve bears the suffering, but enjoys the community, that comes with being a long-time Buffalo Bills fan.