Stephen Lesavich is a distinguished lawyer and founder of the law firm Lesavich High-Tech Law Group, S.C. based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. With over two decades of legal experience, Mr. Lesavich is a leading expert in technology law. Over the course of his twenty-one year career, he has provided clients with outstanding representation with a focus on technology, intellectual property, high-tech startup and business law.
Lesavich began his path to the practice of law at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he earned a Ph.D. in computer science. Though he started his career as a successful software engineer working at AT&T Bell Laboratories and other high-tech companies, he eventually came to realize that his focus on technology would be greatly aided through the study of law.
I was formerly a software engineer and I was looking for my next career step. It just made sense to go to law school to become a patent attorney and apply all the knowledge and experience I had gained in the tech industry to help protect and productize the next generation of high-tech innovations.
Since earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Lesavich has adapted his knowledge of technology and software engineering into a successful law practice fueled by his interest in solving problems and dealing with technological and innovation. Today, his law firm, the Lesavich High-Tech Law Group, S.C., originally founded on south LaSalle Street in Chicago in 2002, is dedicated to counseling high-tech start-ups, emerging, and established clients in all areas of intellectual property law and Internet law. Over the course of his career as an attorney, he has helped a wide range of clients in the computer, Internet and telecommunications industries worldwide, including Hewlett Packard, GE Medical Systems, Microsoft, Nike, Rambus, U.S. Robotics and many others.
With his specialized high-tech experience, Lesavich is able to assist clients with all aspects of IP law, from preparing patent, trademark, and copyright applications, to helping clients manage, protect, leverage, and license their intellectual property. His firm also opposes and defends trademarks and provides litigation and litigation consulting for complex, high-tech intellectual property disputes.
This unique combination of technical and legal experience has allowed Lesavich to emerge as an authority in IP law. Beyond his practice, he also has dedicated himself to teaching in both of his areas of expertise. He has taught computer science courses at the graduate and undergraduate level as an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education, and as an Adjunct Instructor in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Lesavich has also written and lectured extensively on a wide range of topics in IP and Technology law throughout his career.
As a leader in his field, Lesavich has witnessed and adapted to tremendous shifts in the industry that he sees as being truly revolutionary. With innumerable new developments coming to prominence in recent years, he has worked to stay abreast of changes in the law as new patents emerge. He noted:
We are seeing many new technologies emerge. Wearable devices is one big area, while fintech (financial technologies) including blockchain, cryptocurrency and other new money transfer technologies is probably the other biggest area.
After over twenty years dedicated to law, Lesavich now looks to the future of his professional life. As he maintains his prominent standing in the legal field, he plans on spending more time in the coming years developing opportunities outside of law.
He is the co-author of the best-selling and award-winning book, The Plastic Effect: How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards, and is in the process of finishing his second book. His quotes and interviews have appeared in the Arizona Daily Independent, Investor’s Business Daily, N.Y. Times, National Law Journal, Newsday, Security Watch, U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal – Market Watch and many other print and electronic publications. He also writes a regular column and blog for Positive Impact Magazine entitled, Out There on the Edge of Everything® where he explores the interesting edges of life.
Lesavich is also the founder and CEO of Coconut Avenue, Inc., an independent publishing company founded in Chicago in 2007. Coconut Avenue publishes new books world-wide in the motivation, self-improvement and personal growth genres.
I’ll probably create a number of other new start-up companies outside of the law firm in the coming years. I’m an entrepreneur at heart so I’ll focus on continuing my success in all of the companies that follow.
Detailed Career Information
University of Wisconsin, School of Law (J.D.)
Illinois Institute of Technology (Ph.D., Computer Science)
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (M.S., Computer Science)
University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.S.)
State Bar of Wisconsin; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin; State Bar of Oregon (Inactive); State Bar of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Founder Lesavich High-Tech Law Group, S.C., 2014-Present; Founder, Lesavich High-Tech Law Group, P.C., Chicago, Illinois 2002-2014; Partner, 2000-2002 and Associate, 1997-1999, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, Chicago, Illinois; Associate, 1996-1997 and Technical Consultant for Computer-Related Intellectual Property Issues, 1995, Klarquist Sparkman Campbell Leigh & Winston LLP, Portland, Oregon