Steven Gebelin

STEVEN GEBELIN

Steven is an intellectual property and internet law trial attorney. Steven is a magna cum laude graduate of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.  Steven then went on law school at the New York University Law School, where he attended on an academic scholarship.

Steven’s email address is steven@lawbylg.com, and his phone number is 323-452-9908.

Steven began his litigation career handling patent and intellectual property matters at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in Los Angeles. At Quinn, Steven’s excellent credentials and engineering background landed him on teams litigating on behalf of Silicon Valley titans like Google and LinkedIn, among other technology companies. After Quinn, Steven joined an internet law practice group at a prominent Los Angeles litigation boutique where he met and worked with Scott Lesowitz before they established Lesowitz & Gebelin.

 

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Based on his years of experience litigating in Los Angeles on behalf of all types of clients, Steven understands that each case has unique needs to position it for a client’s success.  Some cases require hard-nosed and aggressive litigation tactics, while other matters require reasonableness, cooperation, or straight forward coordination among multiple parties. No matter the case, each matter requires strategic thinking and a plan to serve a client’s goals in litigation so that the right approach and tools are brought to bear.

Steven is licensed to practice in state and federal courts throughout California and has litigated cases in Florida, Illinois, Nevada, Washington, Washington DC, Wisconsin.

Practice Areas

Steven routinely handles cases related to internet-based businesses and claims. His experience includes copyright, trademark, and trade secrets lawsuits. Additionally, he has extensive First Amendment and speech tort experience relating to defamation lawsuits, Anti-SLAPP practice, and unfair competition. Representing defendants in defamation cases, Steven has secured many dismissals pursuant to California’s Anti-SLAPP statute as well as the award of attorney fees. As a plaintiff, Steven has prevailed at trial in defamation cases and secured general damages in addition to punitive damages. Steven’s recent success includes a harassment verdict in excess of $2,000,000.

In the realm of privacy, Steven handles digital privacy and data breach cases, often relating to violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Stored Communications Act. Steven has been retained by insurers, apparel companies, medical offices, and international hospitality businesses in connection with data breaches that could have resulted in class action lawsuits and millions of dollars in liability.

Steven is one of the firm’s technical experts and has a deep understanding of Internet architecture.

Steven defends data breach lawsuits for companies that either didn’t retain counsel to clean up the breach or retained other less experienced lawyers to handle the breach remediation. He has represented online retailers and individuals accused of violating federal privacy provisions such as HIPAA, CFAA, SCA and similar state statutory provisions.  On the other side of the coin, Steven has represented companies prosecuting data breach and trade secret claims against former employees who have illegally accessed company databases without authorization.

Steven has developed expertise in prosecuting and defending trademark infringement lawsuits, whether based on direct liability and contributory theories. He has prevailed on summary judgment in large trademark infringement cases. These cases often include issues relating to keywords, advertising activities, and consumer reviews.

Steven has handled dozens of anonymous internet defamation cases on behalf of executives and businesses, obtaining advantageous settlements and removal of damaging content. Steven has also successfully defended such cases employing the right to anonymous speech provision of the First Amendment.

Steven also routinely handles nuts and bolts business litigation including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, partnership disputes and breach of contract.  Some successes include a trial verdict for more than $2.3 million for a businessman who had his iPad accessory business idea stolen by a former partner.

Media

Steven also has appeared multiple times as a cyber liability and internet law expert on television and radio for Los Angeles NBC and NPR stations, informing viewers about internet and cyber law issues like liability for online sharing of illicit videos, responses to online allegations of misconduct, and privacy issues relating to smartphone apps.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international/is-facebook-listening-in-on-you_los-angeles/28246/

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/viral-video-fbi-child-pornography-social-media/38761/

https://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2018/11/01/63858/free-speech-or-defamation-writer-sues-to-unmask-an/

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