Steven B. Winters

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7740 |

Areas of Practice

Steve Winters leads the intellectual property and complex transactions practice for the Firm. He advises companies of all sizes, including startups and publicly traded companies, as well as individual developers and inventors with regard to the creation, acquisition, management, monetization, licensing and enforcement of all aspects of intellectual property. He also advises clients on data privacy and security, e-commerce and online transactions. Steve has consistently been named one of The Best Lawyers in America®, and has been named a “Washington Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers® magazine. He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues, presenting on topics such as license agreements, copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets.

Prior to joining Lane Powell, Steve was a Partner in the Seattle office of Riddell Williams P.S. He also brings to the Firm seven years of experience as the Director of Research and Strategic Planning for Bozell Worldwide in Los Angeles, an international marketing and advertising agency headquartered in New York.

Professional Experience

  • Riddell Williams P.S., Partner (1999-2003)
  • Bogle & Gates, P.L.L.C., Associate and Senior Associate  (1994-1999)
  • U.S. Federal District Court of Wyoming, Law Clerk to the Honorable Clarence A. Brimmer (1992-1993)
  • Bozell Worldwide, Director of Research and Strategic Planning for Western Division (1983-1989)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


  • University of Southern California Law Center (J.D., with honors, 1992)
  • Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, California (highest honors in guitar, 1989)
  • University of Southern California (M.B.A., 1981)
  • Northwestern University (B.A., 1979)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Apparel and Footwear
  • Diversity Committee
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Franchising
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Products Liability and Mass Torts Litigation
  • Startups and Emerging Companies

TV/Radio Interviews

  • “Cell Phone Privacy,” Interviewed by KIRO Radio (March 28, 2008)
  • “Unhappy Birthday!” Interviewed by Evening Magazine (Periodically Re-airs) (May 2006)


  • “Recent Supreme Court Decision Constrains Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Cases,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (August 30, 2017)
  • “Keeping It Confidential: How to Build a Better Nondisclosure Agreement,” Seattle Business magazine (October 2016)
  • “Online Contests: Make Them Effective by Simplifying the Mechanics,” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (April 2015)
  • “Keep Your Online Sweepstakes and Contests on the Right Side of the Law: From ‘No Purchase Necessary’ to Age-Eligibility Issues, Here’s a Primer to Two Key Trends Many Are Overlooking,” Advertising Age, Co-author (March 7, 2011)
  • Featured, “Intellectual Property Law,” Seattle Business magazine (Spring 2010)
  • “How to be a Good Sport — Seattle Athletes May Move on, but Their Spirit of Giving Lingers in Their Former Home,” Seattle Business magazine (February 2, 2010)
  • “The Peach and the Fuzz: Navigating the Tortuous Path of Intellectual Property Rights,” Seattle Business magazine (August 2009)
  • Featured, “Winters Can Rock,” Special supplement of Washington Super Lawyers in the New York Times (June 2, 2008)
  • Featured, “Q&A: Do You Have the Right to Protect Your Good Name?” Florida Times-Union (July 17, 2006)
  • Featured, “Inside Entrepreneurship Q&A: Trademark Law Can be Tricky on Protecting Names,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Page C1 (January 13, 2006)
  • “How The U.S. Government Controls Technology,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 1 (January 2002)
  • “The New Privacy Interest: Electronic Mail in the Workplace,” Boalt Hall School Of Law, High Technology Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (1993)
  • “Return to Sender: An Examination of Workplace Privacy on Electronic Mail,” University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1992)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Tips, Tricks and Traps for Information Technology Agreements,” 25th Annual Law Seminars International Technology Law Conference (December 2, 2016)
  • “Negotiating With 800-pound Gorillas,” Lane Powell’s Second Annual Startups and Emerging Companies Seminar, Co-presenter, Seattle (December 2, 2015)
  • “The New Era of Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreements,” Washington Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program (October 14, 2015)
  • Co-Chair of Law Seminars International’s Tenth Annual Two-Day Conference on Advanced Concepts in Licensing IP and Technology; Co-presenter on “Introduction and Overview,” and “Mock Negotiation of a Hypothetical Agreement;” Moderator on “General Practice Tips: Insights from Seasoned License Negotiators” (August 20-21, 2015)
  • “Diving Deeper Into the Licensor Side of Advanced Licensing Agreements,” Washington Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program (September 10, 2014)
  • “Solving Complex Problems for Online Contests/Sweepstakes,” Law Seminars International Social Media Law CLE (September 17, 2013)
  • “Deeper Dive: Advanced Concepts in Drafting and Analyzing a Complex License, Distribution or Supply Agreement,” Washington Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program (January 25, 2013)
  • “How to Negotiate Complex License and Business Agreements,” Washington Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program (January 31, 2012)
  • “Interacting With the Experts: How to Negotiate a Complex License Agreement,” Law Seminars International CLE (August 27, 2010)
  • “Avoiding 10 Major Sources of Legal Risk for Associations,” Washington Society of Association Executives Annual Convention (June 20-22, 2010)
  • “Federal Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property Licensing: How They Interact,” Washington State Bar Association Annual Intellectual Property CLE (May 13, 2010)
  • “Interacting With the Experts: How to Negotiate a Complex License Agreement,” Law Seminars International CLE (August 20-21, 2009)
  • “Music Copyright Law in the Digital Age,” Seattle University Intellectual Property Law Society CLE (January 23, 2009)
  • “Current Issues in Complex Intellectual Property Licensing,” Law Seminars International CLE (August 21-22, 2008)
  • “Transaction Side of Franchising,” Franchise Law in Washington CLE (August 21, 2007)
  • “Copyright Counseling and Litigation,” Law Seminars International CLE (April 3, 2006)
  • “Mergers and Acquisitions,” The Seminar Group (March 23, 2006)
  • “Remedies on Intellectual Property Law,” Intellectual Property Society of Seattle University School of Law CLE (February 24, 2006)
  • “Rights Clearance for Filmmakers and Others,” Washington Lawyers for the Arts, 2005 Winter Brown Bag Seminar Series (January 2005)

Steve is a regular speaker on all topics relating to intellectual property, contracting and licensing matters.

Awards and Honors

  • Selected “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property, Patent
  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Trademark (2009-2018); CleanTech (2009-2013, 2015-2018); Intellectual Property (2009-2013)
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Intellectual Property (2004-2017)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Coach, Seattle Parks and Recreation Basketball League (2005-present)


  • Spanish (speak, read and write)
  • Hebrew (read and write only)

Steven B. Winters

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7740 |