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Steve Stein represents clients in corporate and intellectual property matters. He has been active in the development and licensing of intellectual property assets for more than 25 years. He also focuses his practice on technology acquisition, strategic alliances, outsourcing, electronic commerce, and privacy issues. Steve has extensive experience in outsourcing and services agreements for both buyers and sellers of information technology services. He serves as Co-Chair of Thompson & Knight’s cross-practice Data Privacy and Cybersecurity initiative.

IAM Patent 1000 2016 praises Steve as “a transactional doyen with a knack for sealing big-ticket deals.”

Representative Matters

  • Drafted contracts for IT services with outsourcing companies, including financial services covered GLB, FACTA, Red Flags rules, and others
  • Represent software licensors to financial institutions and PCI-DSS, FACTA, GLB, and FTC compliance clauses and programs
  • Represent a drug manufacturer in licensing its proprietary drug delivery technology and related manufacturing and distribution of a product
  • Represent transportation and hospitality companies for reservations and scheduling systems
  • Represent a start-up company in the commercialization of vision-related treatments
  • Represent medical-related websites with respect to their intellectual property issues
  • Represent a nonprofit research institute with respect to eye-related diseases and related research
  • Represented a top five semiconductor company in global patent licensing program
  • Represented biotechnology companies in licensing genetics patents
  • Represented numerous telecommunications and software companies in the licensing and development of patents
  • Represented client in formation of $2 billion joint venture manufacturing plant in China
  • Represented clients in electrical component, computer retailing, and other fields in outsourcing information technology, manufacturing, and financial services
  • Represented a leading electronics distributor in outsourcing of information technology services, telecommunications services, and accounting services
  • Represented a multibillion dollar pharmaceutical company in the outsourcing of information technology services
  • Represented a leading funeral home management company in outsourcing of accounting services
  • Represented a leading semiconductor company in in-sourcing of integrated circuit manufacturing
  • Represented a leading alarm company in outsourcing of telecommunications services
  • Represented a national realty management company in outsourcing of information technology services
  • Represent clients in all fields of IT services including enterprise software agreements, service level agreements, technology development and licensing, software development and hosting, content development and licensing, and telecommunications and data services

Prior Employment

  • STMicroelectronics, Inc.
    • Vice President – Business Development and Investor Relations, 1994-1996; principal U.S. representative with Wall Street analysts and public shareholders; responsible for all disclosure issues, road shows, and corporate presentations; identification, analysis, and negotiation of new business opportunities including acquisitions, partnerships, and strategic alliances
    • General Counsel, 1988-1991; responsible for all U.S. legal matters including litigation, trade disputes licensing, joint development agreements, technology transfers, transfer pricing, corporate matters, real property, insurance, antitrust, environment, labor and benefits, immigration, export control, and foreign trade matters
  • R. Grace & Co.
    • Counsel to Natural Resources Group, 1978-1988; mergers and acquisitions of energy-producing and service companies (oil and gas, coal, drilling, and services companies), joint ventures, litigation management, natural gas contracting, and general corporate

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White Inc. (Privacy and Data Security Law), 2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Intellectual Property), 2018-2019
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Digital Information & Technology Law), D Magazine, 2016-2018
  • IAM Global Leaders (United States: Texas), 2021
  • The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, IAM Patent 1000, 2013-2019


  • Council Member and Past Chair, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section
  • Former Director, Metroplex Technology Business Council
  • Board of Directors, Licensing Executive Society – Dallas Chapter
  • Member, SMU Cyber Security Advisory Board
  • Member, St. Thomas More Society

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law
  • B.S., Southern Methodist University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas