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About Me

As a registered patent attorney, with a national patent,
trademark, copyright, e-commerce, antitrust and trial practice, I serve as
outside corporate counsel for small and medium businesses.  I focus on
developing a trusted, go-to attorney-client relationship providing intellectual
property counseling which includes prosecution, licensing, analysis and opinions,
mediation, as well as litigation, when necessary.


I devote time to those
individuals and business that are beginning their business and marketing activities
by providing trusted and practical assistance and advice from someone who
really cares.  I will always return your phone calls and emails in a
timely manner.  I approach a client relationship from a personal and
trusted perspective always priding myself on providing productive, efficient
and successful attorney-client relationships.


I enjoy spending free time
flying (I am a private pilot), exercising as a registered ice hockey referee,
and building and repairing computer systems, networks, and audio/video
systems.  I look forward to assisting you with your intellectual property


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Practice Areas


  1. Patent Application: 20%
    34 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    34 years
  3. Patent Infringement: 20%
    34 years
  4. Trademark Infringement: 15%
    34 years
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Thomas W. Tuohy

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is simply the best intellectual property attorney.


    Thomas Tuohy Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Jansson Munger McKinley & Shape Ltd.

207 East Westminster
Lake Forest, IL, 60045

Jansson Munger McKinley & Shape Ltd.

601 Lake Avenue
Racine, WI, 53403



WIGood Standing200803/27/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198208/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Certified Trial AttorneyIllinois State Bar Association2014
Distinguished Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Distinguished Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Distinguished Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Distinguished Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Distinguished Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Distinguished Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Distinguished Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerJansson Munger McKinley & Shape Ltd.2008 - Present
PresidentSteven M. Shape & Associates1994 - 2008
Vice President, PartnerNiro, Scavone, Haller & Niro1983 - 1994
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Intellectual Property Law AssociationN/AN/A
Intellectual Property Law Association of ChicagoN/AN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of WisconsinN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Mosmatic v. WestpakSettled with payment to plaintiff Mosmatic
Ruud Lighting, Inc. v. Elcast Lighting, Inc. - 1:09-cv-01707Settled in favor of Ruud Lighting with payment to Ruud.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Depaul ULawJuris Doctorate1982
Cambridge UniversityLawN/A1981
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignElectrical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
University of Illinois - Champaign-UrbanaChange in intellectual property law2014
University of Illinois - Champaign-UrbanaIntellectual Property Law Overview2013