Having tried more than 30 cases over the past three decades, Steve Routh has built a reputation as a master strategist and courtroom advocate. In recognition of his accomplishments, since 2007 he has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, widely considered the premier professional trial organization in America with membership limited to one percent or fewer of each state's practicing lawyers.
Steve knows how to minimize risk while delivering a client’s business objective, by either defeating an opponent’s case at trial or through strategic motions or by negotiating the best possible settlement. His ability to pinpoint the argument which will resonate with each judge and jury has enabled him to protect cutting-edge technology involving semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes, telecommunications, digital and 3D imaging, liquid crystal displays, and medical devices. He has also used those same skills in litigating numerous antitrust, unfair competition, and complex tort and contract cases.
For the last 18 years, Steve has focused on guiding Japanese and other Asia-based companies through patent litigation before the ITC and U.S. District Courts. He is one of only two lawyers ranked in the Chambers Global guide for having Foreign Expertise in Intellectual Property for Japan. He is singled out for his wealth of experience acting for Japan-based clients, and is described as a "great negotiator who is excellent at creating litigation strategy." Steve is also a Chambers USA Band 4 IP practitioner. Clients recently interviewed by Chambers noted, “He has a wealth of knowledge and comes up with strategies that put us in a very good position. He also has very good communication skills and is thoughtful and even-tempered.” Others have commented that “His command of the law is evident in his ability to understand it and also apply it across a wide variety of situations,“ while others praise his ability to make ”very quick and sound tactical decisions.“