Steven Gebelin is an intellectual property and internet law trial attorney. Steven graduated from New York University Law School and then began his career handling patent litigation at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Los Angeles. After several years he joined Erik Syverson's internet law practice group at a prominent Los Angeles litigation boutique before following Mr. Syverson to Raines Feldman in 2014.
Steven handles cases related to internet based businesses and claims. His experience includes copyright, trademark, trade secrets and patent infringement lawsuits. He has extensive First Amendment and speech tort experience relating to defamation lawsuits, Anti-SLAPP practice and unfair competition. In the realm of privacy, Steven handles digital privacy and data breach cases often relating to violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Stored Communications Act. Steven has handled his fair share of nuts and bolts business litigation including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, partnership disputes and breach of contract including a recent trial verdict for more than $2.3 million for a businessman who had his iPad business idea stolen by a former partner.
Steven often defends data breach lawsuits, representing online retailers and individuals accused of violating federal privacy provisions such as HIPAA, CFAA, SCA and similar state statutory provisions. One recent matter related to a large health care network's disclosure of unredacted patient surgical procedures pursuant to a third party subpoena. On the other side of the coin, Steven has represented companies prosecuting data breach and trade secret claims against former employees who have illegally accessed company databases without authorization.
Steven has developed expertise in defending trademark infringement lawsuits based on direct liability and contributory theories. Currently, Steven is defending electronic marketplace website tradekey.com in a landmark 9th circuit case seeking to overturn the 2nd Circuit holding in Tiffany v. Ebay. Steven has also defended a number of trademark cases involving keyword advertising.
Steven has handled dozens of anonymous internet defamation cases on behalf of executives and businesses, obtaining advantageous settlements and removal of damaging content. In one recent case, Steven second-chaired a trial with Erik Syverson where significant punitive and general damages were obtained. Similarly, Steven has successfully defended such cases employing the right to anonymous speech provision of the First Amendment. Steven has also successfully employed California's Anti-SLAPP statute to dismiss scores of SLAPP lawsuit.
Finally, Steven has handled numerous patent matters over the years. He has appeared both in federal courts and the International Trade Commission on patent matters involving medical devices and relational databases.
J.D., New York University Law School