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Steve Vondran Federal Court experience

Posted by Steve Vondran | Mar 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Steve Vondran – Federal Court Lawyer - Copyright & Trademark (IP Litigation).  We were identified by Unicourt as the Top Copyright Infringement Defense Law firm - IN THE UNITED STATES - for the year 2020!!

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When it comes to hiring a law firm or attorney to handle your federal court cases, you want to make sure you hire a firm that has “been there and done that.”  Federal Court cases are different from state Court cases and you want a lawyer that knows the federal rules of evidence and federal rules of civil procedure and is not afraid to argue vigorously in front of a federal judge (who are appointed by Presidents and confirmed by the United States Senate). In short, it's a different playing field and not the best place for an attorney who has never been there.  Before you hire any law firm for your federal cases (ex. copyright infringement, trademark infringement) contact us to discuss our skills and qualifications, and make sure to compare our PACER profiles with those of other firms you might be considering to hire.  We believe when you weigh all the facts, the verdict is clear – Vondran Legal is the firm to litigate your federal court case!


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What courts do we litigate in?

Attorney Steve Vondran has handled federal litigation matters against some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in America.  We accept federal Copyright and Trademark cases nationwide (subject to local court rules of admissions).


We have been admitted to Sandra Day O'Connor federal court in Phoenix, Arizona.  We can file copyright claims in Arizona federal court (ex. photo infringement, jewelry infringement, architectural infringement, etc.)


Our firm can handle cases in Central District, Eastern District, Southern District and Northern District (CA) of California.


We have been admitted in New York federal court in the Eastern and Northern District.


We have been admitted in the Southern District of Texas federal court.  We have handled several very large lawsuits filed by Siemens Software.

Getting ready to take on three lawyers in a trademark-related case at Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA.

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Here is a look at the Pacer Court System online database which shows the number of times Steven C. Vondran has appeared in Federal Court.

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Types of cases we can handle in Federal Court in California and Arizona (and in other states where permitted by local admission rules)

1.  Copyright & Software Infringement [click for sample answer and affirmative defenses in a copyright infringement case].  We are a leader in online piracy cases involving software, photography and internet movie file-sharing cases, for example with Strike 3 Holdings, LLC and Malibu Media and other movie companies.  We also have a strong presence in the area of fair use copyright defense and opinion letters.  Other cases involving copyright infringement may include cases involving creative content such as video games, jewelry, computer fonts, copyrighted software, music, fashion design, and architectural plans.

2.  Trademark Infringement (including logos, trade dress, domain cybersquatters and reverse domain name hijackers - even my law firm has been a victim from ANOTHER LAW FIRM if you can believe it.  I squashed them like the bug they were, and domain disputes UDRP.

3.  Set aside a default judgement under FRCP 55 and 60 (click below to watch video).  Sued outside the United States and did not get your day in court or notice of the lawsuit?  Or, failed to file a timely answer and now, you want to defend?  We might be able to help depending upon the facts of the case.

4.  Injunctions [FRCP 65] involving trade secrets, failure to follow cease and desist letters and demands, copyright, trademark and other.

5.  Social Media & First Amendment (ex. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, eBay and other social media disputes)

6.  IPTV and TV Signal Piracy (unlawful interception and broadcast of boxing matches, Joe Hand Promotion lawsuits, G&G Closed Circuit Events, Zuffa, LLC, Integrated Sports, pirating of TV shows, Movies, Game Shows, Dish Nagrastar cases, and infringement of other major studio creative content with powerhouse Plaintiff's such as Columbia, Paramount, Disney, Amazon Content Delivery Universal, and others.

We have appeared in over 300 state and federal litigation cases since 2004.  We are a top 25 copyright infringement law firm In the United States according to LexMachina.

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How to set aside a Default or a Default Judgement in Federal Court.

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Federal Court removal process

We can also help you if you are a Plaintiff or a Defendant in a state court lawsuit that gets moved (i.e. “removed“) to Federal Court.  Typically this happens when either:

1.  The Plaintiff's and Defendant's are litigants from two different states (ex. one is from San Francisco, California and the other party is from Scottsdale, Arizona, for example).  This is known as “diversity jurisdiction.”  There is a limited time frame for removal, and all Defendants must agree to the removal.

2.  Federal questions are raised in the Complaint. This means that the Plaintiff has raised issues or causes of action that pertain to federal law.  For example, where Plaintiff has sued for Copyright or Trademark infringement, a violation of the ECPA, Telecommunications Act (section 553 or 605), or under other federal statues.

To learn more about the removal process, which this litigation video by clicking on the picture below. 


2021 Update - Listen to audio arguments from the Northern District Court in California

Here is a cool new feature coming out of Northern California.  They will be broadcasting select cases (involving public interest) on their YouTube page.  This will allow folks to listen in to the attorney arguments, judge questions, and more.  I am really looking forward to this as a legal junkie.   According to their press release:

Audio Streaming Pilot Program

The Northern District of California is one of thirteen district courts that has been selected to participate in a District Court Audio Streaming Pilot Program. Under the pilot program, the court, with the consent of the parties, will livestream audio of certain civil proceedings involving matters of public interest. Trials and other proceedings that involve live witness testimony or any sealed, confidential, or classified materials are excluded from the pilot.

Common Errors in California Central District Case Filings:

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Contact a Federal Court Litigation Firm

Contact us to discuss your federal litigation case.  We can also serve as local counsel to out-of-state firms in intellectual property cases most particularly in the area of fair use defense, copyright infringement, photo infringement, right of publicity and similar cases.

We can be reached at (877) 276-5084 or fill out our contact form.

We have flexible legal fees and provide tenacious legal representation.

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About the Author

Steve Vondran

Thank you for viewing our blogs, videos and podcasts. As noted, all information on this website is Attorney Advertising. Decisions to hire an attorney should never be based on advertising alone. Any past results discussed herein do not guarantee or predict any future results. All blogs are written by Steve Vondran, Esq. unless otherwise indicated. Our firm handles a wide variety of intellectual property and entertainment law cases from music and video law, Youtube disputes, DMCA litigation, copyright infringement cases involving software licensing disputes (ex. BSA, SIIA, Siemens, Autodesk, Vero, CNC, VB Conversion and others), torrent internet file-sharing (Strike 3 and Malibu Media), California right of publicity, TV Signal Piracy, and many other types of IP, piracy, technology, and social media disputes. Call us at (877) 276-5084. AZ Bar Lic. #025911 CA. Bar Lic. #232337


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