Stephen Lesavich, PhD, JD



Stephen Lesavich, PhD, JD


Education: University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, PhD, Computer Science; University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, M.S. Computer Science;  University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.S., With Distinction.
Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book – The Plastic Effect How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards; regular columnist — Positive Impact Magazine;  blog – Out There on the Edge of Everything® syndicated to Positive Impact Magazine.
Legal Practice Areas: Patent Law; Trademark Law; Copyright Law; Licensing; Litigation; Internet Law; Technology Law; Business Law; Entrepreneur Law; Start-up Law
Legal Admissions: State Bar of Wisconsin and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin; State Bar of Oregon (Inactive);
State Bar of Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Legal Experience: Founder, Lesavich High-Tech Law Group, S.C., Kenosha, Wisconsin 2013 —; Founder, Lesavich High-Tech Law Group, P.C., Chicago, Illinois 2002—2013 ; Partner, 2000-2002 and Associate, 1997-1999, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, Chicago, Illinois; Associate, 1996-1997 and Technical Consultant for Computer-Related Intellectual Property Issues, 1995, Klarquist Sparkman Campbell Leigh and Winston LLP, Portland, Oregon.
Technical Experience: Senior Engineer, U.S. Robotics, Skokie, Illinois; Recipient of U.S. Robotics Software Development Quality Award; Member, Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Naperville, Illinois; Recipient of AT&T Network Architecture Award and AT&T Bell Labs Software Quality Awards; Software Engineer, Unico, Inc., Franksville, WI.  Selected Technical Publications.
Teaching Experience: Adjunct Professor, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education (OCATE), Beaverton, Oregon, graduate and undergraduate computer science classes and ethics classes;  Adjunct Instructor, Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin, undergrad programming classes.
Selected Legal Publications: “Internet Strategies for the Paralegal in Illinois,” National Business Institute (NBI), 2002, 238 pp.; “It May Now Take Robotic Vision to Determine When a Software Invention is Actually Ready for Patenting,” IP & Technology Law Journal, November 2001, at 1; “Protecting Digital Content in a Peer-to-Peer World,” IP & Technology Law Journal, November 2000, at 12; “Keystroke Spies: Conflicting Privacy Rights,” Nat. L.J., May 22, 2000, at A23; “Case Adds Uncertainty to Web Copyright Laws,” Nat. L.J., January 31, 2000, at C9; “The Law of the Internet In Illinois”, National Business Institute (NBI), 240 pp. 2000; The New Japan-U.S. Patent Agreements: Will They Really Protect U.S. Patent Interests in Japan?” 14 Wis. Int’l L.J. 155, 1995.


Lesavich High-Tech Law Group, P.C./S.C. – Founded 2002 Coconut Avenue, Inc.  – Founded 2007 PositiveImpact® Global – Co-Founded 2019
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Awards: Attoney of the Year – Corporate Vision Magazine, UK; Distinguished Lawyer – Expert Network; Positive Impact Magazine – Positive Impact Everyday Person Honoree; Best of Chicago Award – Best Publishing and Consulting Services; Independent Publisher Living Now Book Awards – Best New Book; Kenosha Bradford High School Distinguished Alumni Award; U.S. Robotics Software Development Quality Award; AT&T Network Architecture Award;  AT&T Bell Labs Software Quality Award.

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Inventions: Co-inventor on issued U.S. Patent Nos. 9,037,5649,137,2509,361,479, and 9,569,771.
Board Memberships: Former Member,  Board of Directors of Blues Heaven Foundation, Chicago, Illinois (This not-for-profit organization works to preserve the legacy of blues music and to secure copyrights and royalties for blues musicians who were exploited in the past); Former Member, Board of Directors, Assissi Software, Portland, Oregon (forest mangement software); Former Member Board of Directors, International Society of Law and Technology, Calagary, Alberta, Canada (law and technology conferences).
Speaking: Accredited Corporate Speaker (CS), International Association of Corporate Speakers (IACS).
Other Personal: Licensed airplane pilot, certified scuba diver, 5th degree black belt and Master Instructor certification in Tae Kwon Do from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF), Seoul, Korea, distance runner, and cyclist.
Athletic Coaching:  


NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach – 2017


USA Track and Field National Level 1 Certified Coach – 2017

USA Basketball Gold Coach License for NCAA Certified Events – 2017

High School Cross Country Coach – Assistant Coach, @Bradford_XC, Fall 2016 – men’s county champions, mens’s conference champions, men’s invitational meet champions; two state qualifiers; Middle School Cross Country Coach and Track Coach (Distance Runners); Spring 2016 — 7 Conference Champions in track; 3 Medalists in City Championship in track; Spring 2015 — 4 Conference Champions in track; 2 Medalists in City Championship in track; Fall 2015 — Male and Female XC Runners placed first overall as individual meet champions in 15/18 large cross country invitational races entered by the XC team.   Female XC runners also placed second overall in 2/18 XC meet races.  Individual XC runners placed first or second overall in 17/18 XC meet races.