Stephen Smith


For more than two decades, my trial practice has focused on high-stakes, fast-paced commercial disputes involving technologies central to many of the world's most popular consumer products.

Steve is chair of Cooley’s nationally recognized intellectual property litigation practice, which has been described by Chambers USA and The American Lawyer as a talented group of next-generation lawyers with “powerful trial and USPTO” experience. He brings more than 25 years of first chair trial knowledge as a private practice and government litigator. 

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  • Cooley Obtains Summary Judgment for Qualcomm in Patent Infringement Lawsuit 

  • Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst + IVP Lead Hopin’s $400 Million Series C 

  • Neptune Technologies and Bioressources’ patent is protected from attack 


  • George Washington University Law School
    JD, cum laude, 1994

  • Villanova University
    BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia


Rhode Island



  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association

Rankings & Accolades

    BTI Consulting Group: Client Service All-Star

    IAM Patent 1000: Top Patent Lawyer

    Managing Intellectual Property: IP Star

    Legal 500: Patent Litigation; Trade Secrets (Litigation & Non-Contentious Matters)

Litigation Department of the Year: IP Finalist

The American Lawyer