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Stephen Dove is Senior Counsel in McKool Smith's Washington, D.C. office.  He joined the firm in February 2018, after about fifteen years of private and government sector practice handling a broad range of complex problems at the interface between technology and business.  His work focuses on intellectual property and trade; and often includes commercial litigation in the federal courts, government agency investigations, administrative law, and government ethics.  He most recently served as Counsel to two Commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC):  the Honorable Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Chairman; and the Honorable F. Scott Kieff. 

Steve brings a varsity athlete’s discipline to helping trial teams maintain focus and stamina to achieve clients’ practical business goals.  He’s especially adept at maintaining high morale on his teams and high credibility with adjudicators and opponents.

Steve began his legal career in 2002 as a law clerk for the Honorable Pauline Newman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  For the decade that followed, his practice concentrated on IP litigation in federal district court and before adjudicative agencies such as the ITC while working for international firms in the Washington, D.C./ Northern Virginia metro area. 

Before entering law, Steve worked for almost a decade as a research assistant and laboratory technician in the fields of biomedical research and patient-facing clinical medicine.  His efforts have spanned the fields of breast cancer, active memory extinction, opioid agonist and antagonist effects on diet with correlations to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, and diabetes.  His laboratory techniques included electroencephalography (clinical recording of electrical brainwave activity), electron microscopy (including associated biopsy thin sectioning), growth and maintenance of human cell cultures, as well as the performance of neurological stereotaxic surgery in small mammals.  After completing a B.S. in Biology at Yale, Steve worked at the University of Michigan Medical School and at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Education

J.D., Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law, 2002.

  • Primary Notes Editor for the Washington University Law Review

B.S., Biology, Yale University, 1991.

  • Varsity Basketball Letterman

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Bar Associations

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
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