Steve Vondran, Esq. (“Attorney Steve®”)
Attorney Steve® Vondran, Esq. is the founder of the firm and has been litigating business and intellectual property cases since he started his firm in 2004. We have appeared in over 150 federal court cases. We have litigated cases against Fortune 500 companies in both State and Federal Courts. In addition, we have significant experience advising both small and large companies nationwide in general copyright law matters including software audits (BSA, Autodesk, Microsoft, Vero, Siemens, Altium and others), contract negotiations, and other business and IP transactions. Click here to see our Federal Court experience (Steve Vondran). Click here to learn more about our technology, internet and IP practice.
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Education & Early Career
Steve Vondran attended Whittier Law School focusing on business and intellectual property studies. He earned his undergraduate B.S. degree from Cal State Fullerton. He is a member of the Fresno State Baseball Hall of Fame and played three years in the Cincinnati Reds organization. After playing, he coached for three years culminating in a coaching position at Pomona College (part of the prestigious Claremont Colleges). Later, he worked for several technology companies including Experian (as an information Privacy expert working with Gramm Leach Bliley privacy issues), Epoch Internet (in the contracts division) and Timeledger.com, (working in a project manager capacity, and spearheading social media and internet marketing issues). He has also created his own software packages including an early start-up venture identitysoft.com, a web based product designed to help victims of identity theft.
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Steve Vondran has also completed a Copyright Licensing Course through BYU University – BYU Copyright Certificate.
Memberships & Associations
We have memberships in the following intellectual property related associations.
Attorney Steve Vondran was formerly elected as executive counsel member for the Intellectual Property Section of the Arizona State Bar. He is also a member of the ABA section on intellectual property and a member of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association as well as the Arizona state bar section on e-Commerce and Internet law; the AZ bar section on intellectual property law and Arizona Technology Council. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), The Copyright Society of the U.S.A and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
“BigLaw” firms we have been up against, counsel in the case, or advised on demand letters
Here is a list of some of the big law firms (and consulting firms) in the United States that we have gone “toe to toe” within handling a variety of business, real estate, and intellectual property matters and/or consulted in regard to demand letters (normally copyright infringement related). If you received a letter from any of these companies call us for a consultation:
- Jaburk Wilk
- Allen Matkins
- Gordon & Rees
- Johnson & Pham
- Sullivan & Worcester
- The Venable
- Bryan Cave
- Troutman Sanders
- Robins Kaplan
- Fox Rothschild
- Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
- Arent Fox
- Kilpatrick Townsend
- Reed Smith
- Perkins Coie
- Fenwick & West, LLP
- Geragos & Geragos
- Loeb & Loeb
- Greenberg Traurig
- Osborne Maledon
- Duane Morris, LLP
- Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
- Lee and Hayes
- Fried, Framme and Thrush
- Greenspoon Marder
- Harness Dickey
This is not a complete list and we have taken on many others big, medium, and small solo law firms. To take a deeper look at my story, click here.
Copyright Policy Institute (“CPi”)
Mr. Vondran is the CEO and Founder of Copyright Policy Institute a non-profit Washington D.C. based think tank that serves as a copyright watchdog and advocate in cutting edge technology issues including DMCA law, P2P file sharing (torrents), VPN, internet privacy, spyware, software policy, copyright infringement and other issues that affect corporations and citizens of the United States.
Large companies we have litigated against or otherwise dealt with
Here is a sample of some companies we have gone toe-to-toe with:
- Adobe Software
- Apple (selling counterfeit online)
- Strike 3 Holdings, LLC
- LHF Productions Inc. (London Has Fallen)
- Malibu Media
- Joe Hand Promotion (Boxing Piracy defense)
- Vero Software (Surfcam, Edgecam)
- Microsoft (internal and BSA audits)
- One of the world's largest retailers (CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT)
- Siemens software
- Wells Fargo
- J&J Sports
- Autodesk (letters from Donahue Fitzgerald)
- One of the world's largest satellite TV companies (CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT)
- CNC Mastercam
- Bank of America
Attorney Steve is married to his amazing wife Lisa (see below). He loves technology, enjoys playing the guitar, working out, playing golf, and traveling. He has appeared on Fox News three times. He is a former professional baseball player in the Reds organization.
Lisa Vondran – Chief Office Manager & Superstar!!!
When you call our firm, there is a good chance you will speak with Lisa Vondran. Yes, you guessed it, she is the wife of Steve Vondran. Lisa has a real passion for helping people and taking down basic legal information for the Attorneys. She is the “master of all trades” and one of the most passionate and energetic people you will ever meet. Lisa helps manage and run the day-to-day business of the firm, and she coordinates the legal calendar for the law firm Attorneys. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a real estate license. She loves to cook, travel, work and spend time with family and friends. She has worked for major companies such as Nestle, Rockwell (CRM Software), Coldwell Bankers and ePartners (Accounting Software). She met Attorney Steve while working at a software company in Newport Beach, California (Timeledger.com) as set forth above. Timeledger was one of the first ASP software companies selling software as a service (SaaS).
We also hire research law clerks from some of the most prestigious law schools in California
We have recently hired copyright and trademark (IP) research clerks from USC School of Law, and Loyola School of law and are also working with a graduate from Texas A&M and a student from University of Arizona in Tucson.
We are always looking for law students (2L and 3L) who are the tops in their class, have exceptional writing and analytical skills, and have a passion for intellectual property, sports, and entertainment law and who are detailed and thorough in their work with a passion to help clients with legal needs.
Hiring Vondran Legal as your general corporate counsel or civil litigation law firm.
When you work with our law firm, you will find we possess several unique qualities:
1. We believe in our business clients and seek to become intimate with the business needs of each client and bring no nonsense legal advice to each client. We understand the need to bring value to the table, and help get deals done (instead of being a “deal killer” as many lawyers wind up being). In regard to litigation cases, whether you find you or your company on the Plaintiff or Defendant side of the fence, we litigate with passion and experience, and we will do everything we possibly can to win your case.
2. We are easy to work and communicate with. We don't try to talk “over your head” and we are able to quickly break down your legal problems and issues and present you with a plain-english answer as to the best strategy to resolve your problem or present you with your options so you can decide what course to take.
3. We do not like to waste time with idle chat on your dime. You are busy and we are busy so let's get down to business and identify the problem, clarify the legal issues, and create a plan of attack. Then, we will execute on the agreed-upon plan.
4. We are disciplined in our representation and persistent. Our approach is similar to that of any great professional sports team. We believe in setting high goals and doing whatever it takes to achieve those goals.
5. We are fair and honest. As we like to say, when we give legal advice we “give it to you straight” and give you the same advice we would give to our moms, dads, brothers, sisters and friends. There is no pulling punches and no candy-coating at our firm. We are here to solve problems and to guide you in your business venture or to direct you through a complex litigation.
We are licensed to practice law in California and Arizona and are experienced in a wide variety of copyright and intellectual property cases including software audits and licensing, BitTorrent file sharing litigation, photo infringement and other general copyright infringement matters including DMCA "bad faith" cases. We are admitted to practice law before federal courts in the following states:
- Phoenix (Sandra Day O'Connor federal court). Appearance attorney possible for out-of-state IP lawyers.
- Eastern District
- Northern District (SF bay area - home to many technology companies).
- Central District (Orange County / Los Angeles area - home of entertainment capital of the world)
- Southern District (San Diego / La Jolla)
- Southern District
- Southern District
- Eastern District
Have Questions? Need Answers? Call Us
For more questions, you can call us at (877) 276-5084 or email us through our form submission.
We look forward to working with you.
– Attorney Steve® –