Stephen L. Davis

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Stephen L. Davis

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Steve’s practice encompasses copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, the Internet and e-commerce, and art law, as well as general business formation, finance, and operations.  His practice is equally divided in these areas between transactional work, including advice, registration, and drafting contracts, and litigation.  Steve has extensive experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts, and has prosecuted misdemeanor and felony criminal cases as a deputy district attorney with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Steve has been an active lecturer on a variety of topics including intellectual property law, the Internet, and art law. Steve is a former president of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association. He also is a member of California Lawyers for the Arts and serves on its attorney referral and mediator panel. In 2009 California Lawyers for the Arts awarded him its Artistic License Award for his contributions to the organization over the years. Steve currently is an active member of the Cyberspace Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Bar Association, and he served as its co-chair for the 2012-2013 term.  In May 2014 he authored for the Journal of Internet Law entitled “Conflicting Court Decisions Leave Constitutional Privacy Protections Against Mass Data Collection Uncertain.”

Away from work Steve is an avid runner, hiker, backpacker, and reader.


A.B. History and Literature of America, magna cum laude, Harvard University (1986)
J.D., UCLA School of Law (1990). Chief Managing Editor, UCLA Law Review. American Jurisprudence Award, Federal Courts.

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