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Stephen F. Roth

Don’t Make a Federal Case Out of This

Stephen specializes in intellectual property litigation and has been practicing in that area for almost 25 years.  Stephen never forgets the lesson he learned from his father … “Don’t make a federal case out of this.”  Thus, Stephen's approach to litigation centers on keeping the client out of court, and he defines a win by preventing or ending the litigation, not by starting or prolonging it.  Stephen understands the expense and disruption that litigation entails, and attempts to come to a resolution with the least disruption to the client's business.  Yet, if a trial is the only way to resolve the case, and sometimes it is, Stephen can successfully achieve that goal, in the same efficient and least disruptive manner.

Perceptions Matter

Prior to attending law school, Stephen conducted psychological research on how human perception influences decisions and has several published papers in that area.  Stephen employs that background in understanding the human dynamics present in complex business and personal decisions, as well as the way juries perceive evidence and arguments.  No one is better at explaining complex science issues than Stephen.  But perhaps that is not a surprise, as Stephen’s first job interest was to become “Mr. Science” … that guy on TV that makes science fun.

Giving Back

Stephen’s legal work does not end when he leaves his desk.  He is actively involved in training the firm's litigation associates, and sits on the Board of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, one of the first Inns of Court in the country specializing in intellectual property law.  He also lectures frequently on litigation and intellectual property issues.  Each semester he is a guest lecturer at the Rutgers and Fordham Law Schools, where he provides real world insight to students on their way to confront the ethical and practical issues in complex litigation.  Stephen also volunteers with various artist’s rights groups, and has given his time to assist upcoming artists from having their work infringed -- ranging from a truck driver that developed jewelry designs to a graffiti artist with a one woman show at a national museum.  

Don’t Make a Federal Case Out of This

Stephen specializes in intellectual property litigation and has been practicing in that area for almost 25 years.  Stephen never forgets the lesson he learned from his father … “Don’t make a federal case out of this.”  Thus, Stephen's approach to litigation centers on keeping the client out of court, and he defines a win by preventing or ending the litigation, not by starting or prolonging it.  Stephen understands the expense and disruption that litigation entails, and attempts to come to a resolution with the least disruption to the client's business.  Yet, if a trial is the only way to resolve the case, and sometimes it is, Stephen can successfully achieve that goal, in the same efficient and least disruptive manner.

Perceptions Matter

Prior to attending law school, Stephen conducted psychological research on how human perception influences decisions and has several published papers in that area.  Stephen employs that background in understanding the human dynamics present in complex business and personal decisions, as well as the way juries perceive evidence and arguments.  No one is better at explaining complex science issues than Stephen.  But perhaps that is not a surprise, as Stephen’s first job interest was to become “Mr. Science” … that guy on TV that makes science fun.

Giving Back

Stephen’s legal work does not end when he leaves his desk.  He is actively involved in training the firm's litigation associates, and sits on the Board of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, one of the first Inns of Court in the country specializing in intellectual property law.  He also lectures frequently on litigation and intellectual property issues.  Each semester he is a guest lecturer at the Rutgers and Fordham Law Schools, where he provides real world insight to students on their way to confront the ethical and practical issues in complex litigation.  Stephen also volunteers with various artist’s rights groups, and has given his time to assist upcoming artists from having their work infringed -- ranging from a truck driver that developed jewelry designs to a graffiti artist with a one woman show at a national museum.  

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    Don’t Make a Federal Case Out of This

    Stephen specializes in intellectual property litigation and has been practicing in that area for almost 25 years.  Stephen never forgets the lesson he learned from his father … “Don’t make a federal case out of this.”  Thus, Stephen's approach to litigation centers on keeping the client out of court, and he defines a win by preventing or ending the litigation, not by starting or prolonging it.  Stephen understands the expense and disruption that litigation entails, and attempts to come to a resolution with the least disruption to the client's business.  Yet, if a trial is the only way to resolve the case, and sometimes it is, Stephen can successfully achieve that goal, in the same efficient and least disruptive manner.

    Perceptions Matter

    Prior to attending law school, Stephen conducted psychological research on how human perception influences decisions and has several published papers in that area.  Stephen employs that background in understanding the human dynamics present in complex business and personal decisions, as well as the way juries perceive evidence and arguments.  No one is better at explaining complex science issues than Stephen.  But perhaps that is not a surprise, as Stephen’s first job interest was to become “Mr. Science” … that guy on TV that makes science fun.

    Giving Back

    Stephen’s legal work does not end when he leaves his desk.  He is actively involved in training the firm's litigation associates, and sits on the Board of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, one of the first Inns of Court in the country specializing in intellectual property law.  He also lectures frequently on litigation and intellectual property issues.  Each semester he is a guest lecturer at the Rutgers and Fordham Law Schools, where he provides real world insight to students on their way to confront the ethical and practical issues in complex litigation.  Stephen also volunteers with various artist’s rights groups, and has given his time to assist upcoming artists from having their work infringed -- ranging from a truck driver that developed jewelry designs to a graffiti artist with a one woman show at a national museum.  

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