Stephanie Sivinski is a trial lawyer that knows the value of effectively communicating her clients’ stories—both in written advocacy and in the courtroom. Stephanie focuses on complex federal-court litigation and has won trial victories in high-stakes cases ranging from patent-infringement to breach-of-contract matters across the country. Her practice has touched on technology as varied as semiconductor manufacturing to pharmaceuticals, and thermodynamics to wireless networks. No matter what the stage of litigation, from motion practice to jury and bench trials to oral arguments and appellate briefs, Stephanie can convey the necessary technical detail while focusing on the important legal and factual issues.
Before lending her skills to patent, copyright, and trade-secret disputes, Stephanie served 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.
In addition to her civil litigation practice, Stephanie has devoted significant time to pro bono matters. She currently represents an inmate on Texas death row and conducted several key witness examinations during multiple weeks-long evidentiary hearings. She also frequently represents Dallas residents looking to combat crime on their streets using nuisance laws.
- As second-chair trial lawyer, won defense verdict for Korean manufacturer of semiconductor equipment and its founder (E.D. Tex.). The plaintiffs sought over $100 million in actual and punitive damages. After deliberating less than two hours, the jury returned a verdict of non-infringement, no tortious interference, and no conspiracy, and awarded the plaintiffs only $622,000 on a single contract claim. The jury also awarded the founder $1.36 million—every penny sought—on his contract counterclaim.
- Obtained favorable jury verdict, including invalidity of an asserted patent, for leading WAN technology company. (E.D.Tex.)
- Won summary judgment of non-infringement for oil-and-gas operator against non-practicing entity. (E.D.Tex.)
- Obtained dispositive claim construction for semiconductor manufacturer in patent-infringement case relating to semiconductor fabrication techniques in the Eastern District of Texas. The construction was upheld by the Federal Circuit.
- Won summary judgment requiring disbursement of escrow account in post-closing indemnification dispute. (Delaware Chancery Court)
- Defended inventors of laser ultrasound technology against patent-infringement claims brought by former employer. The client was able to reach a settlement in this matter. (N.D.Tex.)
- Defended a non-profit organization against claims of copyright infringement and breach of contract, helping to reach a very favorable settlement for the client. (E.D.Va.)
- Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, Young Lawyers Committee, President, 2019; Member, 2017-present
- DFW Women in IP
- March of Dimes, Breakfast with a Champion Committee (2017)
- Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021-2022
- Recognized in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers Under 40," D Magazine Partners, 2020-2021
Selected as an “On the Rise” attorney by Texas Lawyer, Texas Legal Awards, 2020
- Recognized as a "Legal Lion" by Law360 for a defense victory in an intellectual property trial in the Eastern District of Texas, 2019
- Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2020
- Advocates for Community Transformation Summer Justice Series, panelist, Dallas, June 13, 2019.
- Generation Justice Panelist; Advocates for Community Transformation Fall Benefit, Dallas, April 25, 2019
- Dallas Bar Association's CLE: 2018 State of Intellectual Property Law Address, speaker, Dallas, TX, November 30, 2018.
- Ownership and Liability in AI; Hon. Lee Yeakel Inn of Court, Austin, November 7, 2018.
- “TV Eyes- Fair Use is Risky Business”; Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, June 2018.
- “Vanda v. West-Ward: This Time, Dosage Adjustment Claims are Patent Eligible Subject Matter”; IP Watchdog Blog, May 16, 2018.
“Patents for Entrepreneurs”, speaker, Project Lead the Way State Conference, Dallas, TX, February 13, 2018.
- "Federal Circuit Appeals From the PTAB: A New Game or Just the Same Old Practice," author, Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, November 22, 2013.
- "Federal Circuit Appeals From the PTAB: A New Game or Just the Same Old Practice?" co-author, Haynes and Boone White Paper, February 1, 2013.
- "Putting Too Many (Fertilized) Eggs in One Basket: Methods of Reducing Multifetal Pregnancies in the United States," author, 88 Texas L. Rev. 897 (2010).
B.S., Genetics, Texas A&M University, 2007, summa cum laude; National Merit Scholar, 2003-2007
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2010, High Honors; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review, Member; Winner, Bracewell and Giuliani Best Memo Competition, 2008
Judge Mark E. Fuller, United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2010-2011
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Seventy-five Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers are included in the 2022 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” directory this month. The Ones to Watch distinction is given to attorneys early in their careers in recognition of their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the U.S. Nominated by peers in the industry, Ones to Watch recipients have been in practice for five to nine years. The fol [...]