Steve Auvil is the managing partner of our Cleveland office and previously served as leader of the US litigation segment of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group for nearly a decade. His practice focuses on intellectual property (IP) disputes. Based on experience as an engineer and patent lawyer, Steve is familiar with a wide variety of technologies, including control systems, power electronics, communication systems, medical devices, steel production, complex mechanical systems and software systems. Steve has been listed in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers since 2007 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2006.
In more than 25 years of practicing law, Steve has served as lead trial counsel and successfully represented clients in numerous patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark/trade dress cases in federal district courts throughout the US. In addition to successfully trying cases to verdict, he has argued several patent-related appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, he has handled a significant number of disputes before US administrative agencies, including 337 actions before the US International Trade Commission and IPR proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. Steve has also tried IP-related disputes before arbitration tribunals.
While Steve’s practice focus is in litigation, he has considerable non-litigation experience, including counseling clients on IP matters, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, and negotiating agreements that involve IP. He has been appointed by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center as an arbitrator in more than 50 domain name disputes.
Steve is a current or past member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Naples Roundtable, Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.
Steve is a frequent speaker on IP law topics and has spoken to clients, industry groups and IP organizations throughout the US and abroad on a wide variety of intellectual property law topics. He previously taught a patent law and practice course as an adjunct faculty member of the Cleveland State University College of Law. He has been quoted in numerous news articles relating to intellectual property matters, including those appearing in Law360, Bloomberg Law and World Intellectual Property Review.
Steve is a past-president of CIPLA, he previously held a number of leadership positions in American Intellectual Property Law Association, and he was the inaugural president of The Kathleen M. O’Malley American Inn of Court. Steve is a voluntary board member of the American Red Cross, Northeast Ohio Region, and of the Playhouse Square Foundation. He is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2024.