James Alexander Stepan recently became a partner of Mayback & Hoffman, P.A.
Mr. Stepan practices in the areas of Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, and Business Transactions. His practice includes trademark litigation and registration licensing, social media, franchise disputes, technology issues, trademark litigation and registration, trade dress, false designation of origin, unfair competition, false advertising, trade secrets, misappropriation of name, likeness, and image, copyrights, business disputes, racketeering (RICO) as it relates to Intellectual Property, business fraud, contract disputes and negotiation, licensing, social media, insurance coverage for intellectual property, technology issues, gray marketing, counterfeits, patent infringement, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements, cyber-squatting, domain name and ICANN disputes, and data security in state and federal court and arbitrations and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Mr. Stepan has significant experience in jury and bench trials, arbitration hearings, injunction hearings, motion hearings, depositions, mediations and settlement conferences, discovery, appeals, contract negotiation, drafting and review, intellectual property portfolio management, trademark office actions, opposition proceedings, and cancellation proceedings, transactional matters, and management of foreign associates. Mr. Stepan also serves as an expert witness in attorney’s fee disputes. He is also Board Certified as a Specialist in Intellectual Property as Accredited by the Florida Bar.
Mr. Stepan volunteers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a member of both the Miami-Dade and Broward/Boca Raton advisory boards and on event committees. Mr. Stepan has also spoken at several conferences and authored several articles.
Mr. Stepan is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1999. While in law school, Mr. Stepan served as a two-term officer of the moot court team, a legal research and writing teaching assistant, an officer of the Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity, and an intern at the State of Florida Attorney General’s office. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with Departmental Honors from The Johns Hopkins University in 1996.
Mr. Stepan may be reached at JStepan at mayback.com.
Board Certified as a Specialist in Intellectual Property as Accredited, Florida Bar
Juris Doctor, University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida (1999)
Bachelor of Administration in International Studies with Departmental Honors, Johns Hopkins University (1996)
Partner, Genovese, Joblove and Battista, P.A. (2012-2013)
Partner, Feldman Gale, P.A. (2009-2012)
Associate, Feldman Gale & Weber, P.A. (2000-2012)
Associate, Roberts& Reynolds, P.A., West Palm Beach, FL, Associate (1999 - 2000)
The Florida Bar
U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U. S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Florida Bar, Intellectual Property Law Committee
Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Member
International Trademark Association (INTA)), including Right of Publicity Subcommittee of the Related Rights Committee (2014-2015)
Dade County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Honors / Awards
40 Under 40, South Florida Business Journal, 2011
40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, 2011
Florida Trend’s Legal Elite “Up and Comer” 2012, 2013, and 2014
Super Lawyers, 2015 and 2016
Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013 and 2014
South Florida Legal Guide, Up and Comer for Intellectual Property, 2013 and 2014
Mr. Stepan is conversant in French and Italian
Corcel Corp. v. Ferguson Enterprises et al., 291 F.R.D. 680 (S.D. Fla. 2013)
Corcel Corp. v. Ferguson Enterprises et al., 2013 WL 3196762 (S.D. Fla. June 20, 2013)
AlphaMed Pharmaceuticals Corp. v. Arriva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., 432 F. Supp.2d 1319 (S.D. Fla. 2006), affirmed 294 Fed. App’x. 501 (11th Cir. 2008)
AlphaMed Pharmaceuticals Corp. v. Arriva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., 2005 WL 5960935 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 24, 2005)
United Automobile Insurance Co. v. Libman et al., 46 S0. 3d 1101 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)
Inmuno Vital, Inc. v. Telemundo Group, 203 F.R.D. 561 (S.D. Fla. 2001)
Published Works and Lectures
Best Practices: Use of Intellectual Property to Safeguard your Company’s Technology
Advertising Injury Insurance Coverage and Intellectual Property Lawsuits
Information - The lifeblood of your business (and how best to protect it)
Civil RICO and other Remedies Against Insurance Fraud
Regulation of Chiropractic Assistants in Florida
Defending your IP and Preventing Potential Lawsuits
Five Factors Determine if False Advertising Case Can Proceed
Speaker, Medical Claims Defense Network Seminar (April 2009)