Associate Attorney

Stephen represents mid-market to large enterprise companies in technology transactions, data privacy and security issues, breach incident response, intellectual property protection, technology disputes, and corporate transactions. Specifically, he advises clients on their legal risks related to data privacy and security issues regarding their technology transactions. Stephen also counsels clients on intellectual property protection concerning trademarks and copyrights. Furthermore, he defends clients in software licensing and copyright infringement matters. Stephen is also outside counsel to many Managed Service Providers through the Managed Service Provider Alliance and The Assurance Group.

Stephen is a Privacy Law Specialist, as certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), where he is triple certified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional —United States (CIPP/US) and Europe (CIPP/E), and a certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). The "Privacy Law Specialist" is one of 15 legal specialties certified by the American Bar Association. The Privacy Law Specialist designation, certifies that a lawyer has completed rigorous requirements to be considered a specialist in the area of Privacy Law. The IAPP is not or affiliated with any governmental or state bar authority.

Stephen’s expertise in Privacy Law helps clients assess the privacy impacts of their operations and manage them in a manner consistent with each client’s unique risk tolerance. In this regard, Stephen provides counsel regarding the implementation of new technologies, including, without limitation, “Big Data” and “artificial intelligence” analytical tools and predictive models. He assists clients with operationalizing their privacy programs, performing privacy impact assessments, and structuring, negotiating, drafting and closing a wide variety of technology transactions involving IT services, the Internet and intellectual property.

In addition to his privacy and technology transactions practice, Stephen has significant experience in handling complex commercial disputes, including disputes over software licensing, breaches of commercial contracts, covenants not to compete, and early termination of contracting, among other legal issues and claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephen practiced in high-stakes securities litigation, regulation, and enforcement actions. He spent the majority of his time prosecuting and defending large corporate clients, institutional investors, and Wall Street firms. Before entering the legal profession, Stephen was a financial analyst for a large international investment bank.

Education

2011 - Hofstra University - Juris Doctorate - Law
ACTEC Law Journal – Editorial Board
2006 - Syracuse University - Bachelor of Science - Finance & Supply Chain Managmement

License

2013 - Texas
2012 - New York

Affiliations

Texas Bar Association - Member
New York Bar Association - Member
Dallas Bar Association, Computer Law Section - Member
Microsoft Software Asset Management - Certification
International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”) – CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, Privacy Law Specialist

Admissions

Texas State Courts
New York State Courts

Articles

PublicationArticle
HeadnotesAre Your Clients Ready for GDPR on May 25?
The Licensing JournalNegotiating Contracts: 12 Key Terms in Negotiating a Software as a Service or Cloud Service Agreement
The Licensing JournalNegotiating Software Contracts: Successfully Negotiating an Indemnification Section
Texas Automobile Dealers AssociationNegotiating Software Contracts: Successfully Negotiating A Warranty Section
The Licensing JournalNegotiating Software Contracts: Successfully Negotiating A Warranty Section
The Licensing JournalNegotiating Software Contracts: The Three Riskiest Provisions