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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

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Contact info

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

550 West Adams
Suite 300
Chicago, IL, 60661


WIGood Standing200803/27/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198211/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ditinguished Peer Review 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
PartnerLewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP2015 - Present
PartnerJansson Munger McKinley & Shape Ltd.2008 - 2015
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.
IJR v. ColtConfidential settlement in favor of client and patent holder.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
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