Steven has practiced at every level of United States jurisprudence including at every state court level, every federal court level, and before local, state and federal administrative agencies. He is co-chair of the Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups.
In his practice, Steven had the unique honor of arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in December 2013. The case, Static Control Components, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., determined who has standing to sue for false advertising under the Lanham Act, a federal trademark statute.
Steven is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer and recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star." He is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations, as well as the American Intellectual Property Law Association. To give back to the community, he serves on the board of directors and is past president of the Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass.
Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Kentucky, Corporate Intl Global Awards, 2021
Static Control Components, Inc., et al. v. Lexmark International, Inc., et al., Case No. 04-84-GFVT (E.D. Ky) (multiple published decisions)
This multi-party, complex litigation involved claims for, among other things, patent infringement, antitrust violations, and false advertising. SKO argued the issue of standing to assert false advertising claims in front of the Supreme Court on December 3, 2013.
Margie Elstein v. Lexmark International, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 16-CI-02380 (Fayette Circuit Court)
SKO successfully represented Lexmark in successfully dismissing a proposed class action lawsuit claiming Lexmark’s merger was unfair to shareholders. A mere three days before the scheduled shareholder vote, an injunction hearing was held and the Court dismissed the lawsuit.
Jerry Jamgotchian v. Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, et al., Civil Action No. 11-CI-01047 (Franklin Circuit Court)
SKO represented the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a dormant commerce clause challenge filed against it by a thoroughbred owner regarding an industry-standard regulation pertaining to the purchase of horses in claiming races. SKO successfully argued the case before the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Court ruled in the Commission’s favor in a unanimous published opinion.