Steven Gebelin is an intellectual property and internet law trial attorney. Steven graduated from New York University Law School where he attended on an academic scholarship. He then began his career handling patent and intellectual property litigation at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Los Angeles. At Quinn, Steven’s excellent credentials and engineering background landed him a spot on teams litigating on behalf of Silicon Valley titans like Google and LinkedIn, among other technology companies. After Quinn, Steven joined Erik Syverson's internet law practice group at a prominent Los Angeles litigation boutique before establishing Syverson, Lesowitz & Gebelin as a name partner.
Steven routinely handles cases related to internet-based businesses and claims. His experience includes copyright, trademark, trade secrets and patent infringement lawsuits. Additionally, he has extensive First Amendment and speech tort experience relating to defamation lawsuits, Anti-SLAPP practice and unfair competition. Representing defendants in defamation cases, Steven has secured countless dismissals pursuant to California’s Anti-SLAPP statute as well as the award of attorney fees. As a plaintiff, Steven has prevailed at trial in defamation cases and secured general damages in addition to punitive damages. Steven’s latest success was a defamation verdict for $2,000,000.
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 been retained by insurers, apparel companies, medical offices, and international hospitality businesses in connection with data breaches that could have resulted in class action lawsuits and millions of dollars in liability. Having handled over a dozen such matters, not one of Steven’s clients has been sued much less paid any governmental fines or settlements with private parties. Steven is the firm’s technical expert and has a deep understanding of Internet architecture.
Steven often defends data breach lawsuits for companies that either didn’t retain counsel to clean up the breach or retained other less experienced lawyers to handle the breach remediation. He has represented 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. He has prevailed many times on summary judgment as a defendant in large trademark infringement cases. Many such cases include keyword advertising activities. Currently, Steven is defending a bet the company trademark battle over the worldwide rights to the Juvederm skincare product. This case involves intellectual property worth over a billion dollars.
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 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 accessory business idea stolen by a former partner.
Steven also has appeared multiple times as a cyber liability and internet law expert on television for the Los Angeles NBC affiliate, informing viewers about liability for online sharing of illicit videos, responses to online allegations of misconduct, and privacy issues relating to smartphone apps.
Finally, Steven has handled numerous copyright and patent matters over the years. He has appeared both in federal courts and the International Trade Commission on copyright and patent matters involving optoelectronic devices, relational databases, filmmaking plans, website designs, jewelry, video streaming devices, and more.
J.D., New York University Law School