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DLA Piper LLP (US)
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0089
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Patent Litigation; Antitrust and Competition; Appellate Advocacy; Cross-Border Litigation; International Arbitration; Commercial Contracts Disputes; Technology




Paul Steadman, an experienced first-chair trial lawyer, represents global companies in complex patent, trade secret, and other IP-related litigation.

With a degree in Materials Science Engineering and a strong background in the materials, mechanical and electrical arts, Paul is comfortable in almost any technology. His ability to understand and present technology is reflected in his work on behalf of clients in diverse technical fields, including: GPS and related navigation system technology, medical products, medical imaging, inverter controller integrated circuits, automotive safety systems and sensors, diesel fuel injectors and injection systems, lawn and garden and compact-utility tractors, high-tech glass, disposable and re-usable ear plugs, healthcare networks, consumer electronics, various semiconductors and integrated circuits, voltage protection, monolithic valves, computer software, digital compression, high-definition television, InGaN LEDs, DRAMs, MP3 players, hard disk media, and auto parts manufacturing.


Federal Circuit Bar Association; Fifth Circuit Bar Association


J.D., The University of Chicago Law School; B.S., Rice University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

DLA Piper LLP (US) is among the most active firms at the ITC and handles ITC cases with a deep bench of first chair trial lawyers with extensive experience in Section 337 investigations. The group is able to assist with matters requiring district court and appellate expertise in addition to ITC strength and is increasingly active for major players from a wide range of industries, including the technology, software, life sciences and automotive sectors. With a well-staffed Washington DC office and its wide geographical footprint, the firm offers proximity to domestic and international clients, including several major Japanese companies. The Silicon Valley-based Mark Fowler is the head of the ITC practice which also includes key contacts Matthew Satchwell and Paul Steadman, both in Chicago, Erin Gibson and Sean Cunningham, both based in the San Diego office. Patent and trade secret litigator Michael Jay joined the Century City office in January 2019 from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s trade secrets team has a strong nationwide footprint, and is also well placed to handle cross-border trade secrets matters working alongside colleagues in the firm’s international network. In particular, the team has extensive experience acting in conjunction with the firm’s Shanghai office in cases involving Chinese companies. The practice group is jointly headed by by patent and trade secret litigator Paul Steadman in Chicago, and Silicon Valley-based Rajiv Dharnidharka, who specializes in trade secrets and software copyright disputes. Eric Hagen left the firm in October 2019 for an in-house position at Austin FC.