Stephanie Sivinski is able to weave complicated concepts into persuasive written advocacy that both the court and the fact-finder can understand. Stephanie’s intellectual property and commercial litigation practice has touched on topics as varied as thermodynamics, computer software, semiconductor manufacturing, development of cancer treatment drugs, and laser ultrasonic testing for aircraft. Whether in motion practice before the federal district court or briefing in the courts of appeals, Stephanie can convey the necessary technical detail while focusing on the important legal and factual issues. Clients highly value this skill, particularly in federal court litigation where most decisions are based entirely on the parties’ written submissions.
In addition to her civil litigation practice, Stephanie has devoted a great deal of time to pro bono representation of an inmate on Texas death row. She participated in the two-week-long evidentiary hearing on his petition for writ of mandamus and presented evidence that her client is ineligible for the death penalty under the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on executing intellectually disabled individuals. Stephanie takes great pride in the opportunity to humanize her client and tell his life story.
Before putting her technical and writing skills to work in patent, copyright, and trade secret disputes, Stephanie honed these skills as a judicial law clerk to a United States District Judge. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in genetics, Stephanie developed a working knowledge of organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology, and molecular genetics. As an undergraduate research assistant, she frequently performed DNA amplification, reverse transcription, and gel electrophoresis techniques.