Steven Seigel
Associate
Seattle Office Phone: (206) 505-3842 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education

Williams College, B.A., 2004
Yale Law School, J.D., 2014

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to Judge David S. Tatel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Law Clerk to Judge James E. Boasberg, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Law Clerk to Judge Richard G. Taranto, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Steven Seigel
Associate

Steve Seigel is a trial lawyer who successfully represents plaintiffs and defendants in a broad array of complex subject matters. His diverse portfolio includes intellectual property, breach of contract, environmental torts, ERISA, consumer privacy, and other complex civil and commercial disputes.

Seigel’s work ethic, persuasive writing, comfort with highly technical subject matters, and clarity in oral advocacy have helped his clients secure tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts, including a $25 million jury verdict in a breach of contract dispute against Beats Electronics, LLC.

Seigel has faced off against the largest players in the technology industry including Apple, Samsung, Google, LG Electronics, and Cisco. He has briefed, argued, and won case-dispositive motions, claim construction battles, and critical discovery disputes. Seigel has also overseen expert discovery, including highly technical source code review, and has taken and defended dozens of fact and expert-witness depositions, eliciting critical admissions from high-level executives and seasoned experts alike.

Background

Seigel joined Susman Godfrey after clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Seigel served as a submissions editor for the Yale Journal on Regulation and represented veterans as part of his work with Yale’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Williams College.

Prior to law school, Seigel worked as an international development consultant, advising foreign ministries, and regional and local governments on anti-corruption, public administration, and rule of law reform in countries including Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and the Dominican Republic.

Notable Representations

Jibe Audio LLC et al. v. Beats Electronics et al. (Cal. Super. Ct.) Secured a $25+ million jury verdict and $10 million in fees for client, Steven Lamar, in a breach of contract action for unpaid royalties owed by Beats Electronics, Jimmy Iovine, and Dr. Dre, relating to Mr. Lamar’s role in creating Beats’ iconic headphones. During trial, Seigel wrote and successfully argued issue-dispositive motions, motions to exclude witnesses, in limine motions, offers of proof, and other mid-trial motions on evidentiary issues, witness issues, jury instructions, and verdict forms. Seigel also successfully briefed and argued his client’s motion for attorneys’ fees, obtaining a win of nearly $10 million in attorneys’ fees in addition to the successful jury verdict. The case later settled on confidential terms. It attracted national interest and was picked up by well-known media outlets such as the New York TimesThe Guardian, BillboardBloombergHollywood ReporterNY Daily News, and the San Diego Union Tribune

NetFuel Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) Represented the inventor and patent owner in a patent infringement action relating to routing and switching technologies. Successfully briefed and argued claim construction issues and defeated case-dispositive motion for summary judgment. Case settled on confidential terms before trial.

Ethanol Boosting Systems, LLC et al. v. Ford Motor Co. (D. Del.) Representing the inventors of groundbreaking engine technology whose patented inventions are being infringed by Ford Motor Company’s manufacture and sale of engines and fuel systems that combine direct and port injection.

Carey v. e.i. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and the Chemours Company FC, LLC. (E.D.N.C.) Representing a putative class of residents and property-owners in Eastern North Carolina who are seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief relating to DuPont’s and Chemours’ wide-ranging environmental contamination of the drinking water supply with “forever chemicals” (also known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS). The suit seeks compensation and other remedies arising from property damage, reduced property values, and the cost of filtering contaminated water. Seigel has successfully briefed and argued numerous critical motions, including class appointment, motions to dismiss, and frequent discovery disputes. The case has attracted national media attention. Click herehere and here for coverage.

DaVita Inc. v. St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Sys., Inc. (Ga. Super. Ct.) Defending a leading health system in Georgia in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a dialysis company for payments associated with dialysis treatments.

Honors and Distinctions

First Place, Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition (2014)

Publications

War Claims & Private Security ContractorsThe Strategic and Regulatory Benefits of Paying Host-Nation Claims Against U.S. Contractors, 43 Pub. Cont. L.J. 653 (2014)

Community Benefits Agreements in a Union City, 46 Urb. Law. 419 (2014)

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Washington

State Bar of Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia