Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP

Stephen Wilson


Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP

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Steve is a Partner at Preti Flaherty, where he practices with the firm's Intellectual Property, Litigation, Sports & Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Business, Financial Services, and Securities Groups. He is Chair of the Sports & Entertainment Law Group and Chair of the Food & Beverage Group. He formerly served as Chair of the Intellectual Property Group and Chair of the Recruitment Committee.

Intellectual Property

Steve assists clients with intellectual property matters ranging from litigation to transactions, including trademark prosecution, registration, licensing, assignment, and litigation, copyright registration, licensing, assignment, termination, and litigation, patent infringement litigation, anti-cybersquatting, domain name disputes, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, trade secret litigation and protection, digital rights management (DRM), unfair competition, false advertising, unfair and deceptive trade practices, intellectual property audits and portfolios, rights of publicity, rights of privacy, noncompete, nondisclosure, and noncircumvention agreements, work for hire agreements, formation of intellectual property holding companies, compulsory licenses, model releases, reality television agreements, performance contract disputes, endorsement agreements, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown letters, software licenses, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, ICANN proceedings, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) proceedings, undeveloped ideas, intellectual property estate planning, web user agreements, and other intellectual property matters.

Litigation, Appeals, and ADR

Steve has successfully served as lead counsel in well over 100 lawsuits, with extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, entertainment and sports litigation, products liability litigation, securities and financial services litigation, and business and commercial litigation. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants as lead counsel, local counsel, and counsel pro hac vice in litigation and appeals in numerous state and federal courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings ranging from mediation to judicial settlement conferences to arbitration before tribunals including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), WIPO, and the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Steve has assisted clients in obtaining favorable judgments, emergency relief, and settlements in a broad range of litigation matters including trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, and publicity rights litigation, complex commercial litigation, entertainment and sports industries litigation, domain name disputes, shareholder derivative litigation, securities litigation, products liability, construction litigation, professional negligence, trustee liability, insurance litigation, real estate litigation, commercial and residential evictions, and other disputes. When litigation becomes necessary to protect a client's interests, or when lawsuits are threatened or commenced against a client, Steve and the firm's experienced Litigation Practice Group provide aggressive, efficient, creative, and effective representation.

Before entering private practice, Steve served a Judicial Clerkship with the Honorable Paul L. Rudman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. While in law school, he served a Judicial Internship with the Honorable John C. Cratsley of the Massachusetts Superior Court. These experiences provided invaluable insight into the litigation, appellate, and judicial process behind the scenes at both the trial and appellate stages.

Sports & Entertainment Law

Steve represents athletes, entertainers, actors, musicians, bands, authors, publishers, reality television contestants, and other companies and individuals in the sports and entertainment industries. He assists sports and entertainment industry clients in a broad variety of transactional and litigation matters, including formation of limited liability entities, holding companies, and non-profit organizations, intellectual property clearance, registration, licensing, assignment, monitoring, and enforcement, work for hire agreements, model releases, endorsement agreements, publicity and privacy rights agreements and enforcement, cybersquatting and UDRP domain name disputes, celebrity estate planning, contract negotiations and disputes, nondisclosure, noncompetition, and noncircumvention agreements, trade secrets, undeveloped idea protection, reality television agreements, publishing agreements, rights clearance and audits, sports and entertainment litigation and arbitration, and other matters. When representing talent, including athletes, entertainers, and celebrities, Steve works closely with the client's team of trusted advisors (including agents, accountants, managers, investment representatives, and other professional advisors) as needed to meet the client's short-term and long-term interests.

Business Law

Steve serves as legal counsel and trusted advisor for a wide range of individual, for-profit, and non-profit clients, ranging from entrepreneurs to publicly-traded companies to franchisors and franchisees to charitable organizations. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary team approach tailored to meet each client's specific needs and goals, he marshals the firm's resources to assist clients in forming, growing, and selling limited liability entities and intellectual property holding companies, protecting and exploiting valuable intellectual property assets, minimizing liability risk exposure, and effectively avoiding or resolving disputes through strategic planning, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation. His extensive litigation experience also informs his practical business advice to clients on avoiding pitfalls for the unwary that lead to litigation and strategically positioning clients when litigation is on the horizon.

Securities and Financial Services

In connection with his securities and financial services practice, Steve has counseled and represented clients in litigation, arbitration, securities investigations (including FINRA and state securities office investigations), and other matters including shareholder disputes, broker/dealer liability, employment termination matters, noncompete agreements, shareholder derivative litigation, director and officer liability, majority shareholder liability, investor complaints, fiduciary liability, asset recovery, financial litigation and dispute resolution, and other securities and financial services matters.

Seminars and Publications

Steve is regularly asked to teach seminars and continuing legal education courses, and to author written materials for legal and professional publications. He has served as a faculty member for seminars and CLE courses on a range of legal topics such as intellectual property, music industry contracts, social media/Web 2.0 issues affecting businesses, commercial and residential evictions, and landlord/tenant law. He authored a chapter in the Thomson Reuters book Recent Trends In Trademark Protection, 2013 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Educating Clients, Understanding the Impact of Technology, and Navigating the Current Marketplace. The title of the chapter is Successfully Protecting Trademarks and Avoiding Litigation in a Changing Marketplace."

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Advertising and Marketing Advertising Law, Direct Marketing, False Advertising, International Marketing, Marketing Law, Multi-Level Marketing, Outdoor Advertising, Promotion Law, Sponsorship Law, Telemarketing Fraud, Telemarketing Law
Alcoholic Beverage Law Alcoholic Beverage Control, Dram Shop Liability, Liquor Liability, Liquor Licensing, Local Liquor Options
Alternative Dispute Resolution Arbitration, Collaborative Law, International Arbitration, International Dispute Resolution, International Mediation, Mediation
Appellate Practice Civil Appeals
Aviation and Aerospace Airplane Crash Litigation, Aviation Accidents, Aviation Defense, Aviation Insurance, Aviation Law, Aviation Liability, Aviation Litigation, Aviation Products Liability, Helicopter Crash Litigation
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Taxation, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Business Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law
Commercial Law Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Trusts, Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, International Sale of Goods, Negotiable Instruments, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Warehousing
Communications and Media Broadcast Applications, Broadcast Licensing, Broadcast Production and Distribution, Broadcast Radio, Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Station Transfers, Broadcast Television, Broadcasting Law, Cable Communications, Cable Franchising, Cable Programming, Cable TV, Cellular Communications, Cellular Fraud, Cellular Radio, Cellular Telephone, Communications Common Carrier, Communications Finance, Communications Law, Digital Communications, FCC Licensing, FCC Regulation, International Communications Law, International Telecommunications Law, Mass Media Law, Public Broadcasting, Radio Common Carrier, Satellite Communications, Telecommunications Competition, Telecommunications Contracts, Telecommunications Finance, Telecommunications Law, Telecommunications Leasing, Telecommunications Licensing, Telecommunications Regulation, Wireless Communications
Computers and Software Computer Contracts, Computer Crime, Computer Fraud, Computer Law, Computer Security, Computer Software Law, Computer Technology, Data Protection, Information Technology, Information Technology Contracts, Information Technology Licensing, International Computer Law, Software Copyright, Software Licensing, Software Protection, Software Publishing Technology
Consumer Law Consumer Arbitration, Consumer Class Actions, Consumer Collections, Consumer Credit, Consumer Credit Compliance, Consumer Finance, Consumer Fraud, Consumer Litigation, Consumer Protection, Consumer Rights, Fair Credit Reporting Act
Copyrights Copyright Infringement, Copyright Licensing, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Prosecution, Copyright Protection, Copyright Registration, International Copyright Law, Internet Copyright Law
Corporate Law Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Criminal Law, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Taxation, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Workouts, Family Corporations, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, International Corporate Law, International Corporate Taxation, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Transfer Pricing
Entertainment Law Art Law, Artists Rights, Cultural Property, Entertainment Contracts, Entertainment Finance, Entertainment Liability, Entertainment Litigation, Entertainment Syndication, Fine Arts, Interactive Multimedia Law, Motion Picture Finance, Motion Picture Production and, Distribution, Motion Pictures and Television, Multimedia Law, Museum Law, Music Copyright, Music Law, Music Licensing, Music Publishing, Theater Law, Video Law
Franchises and Franchising Automotive Franchises and Dealerships, Dealership Law, Franchise Arbitration, Franchise Distribution, Franchise Law, Franchise Licensing, Franchise Litigation, Franchise Mediation, Franchise Regulation, Franchise Taxation, Franchise Termination, International Franchising
Fraud Art Fraud, Automobile Fraud, Civil Fraud, Fraud, Identity Theft, Odometer Tampering
Intellectual Property Artistic Property, Brand Management, Chemical Intellectual Property, Electrical Intellectual Property, Electronic Intellectual Property, Industrial Models and Designs, Industrial Property, Industrial Property Rights, Intellectual Property Arbitration, Intellectual Property Enforcement, Intellectual Property Infringement, Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Intellectual Property Procurement, Intellectual Property Prosecution, Intellectual Property Rights, International Intellectual Property, International Licensing, Internet Intellectual Property, Literary Property, Mechanical Intellectual Property, Medical Intellectual Property, Merchandising, New Media Law, Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property, Piracy, Proprietary Rights, Protection of Personality
International Law International Comparative Law, International Conflict of Laws, International Treaty Law
Internet Law Content Licensing, Cybersquatting, Digital Signatures, Domain Name Infringement, Domain Names, E-Commerce, E-Commerce Taxation, Electronic Security, Internet Crimes, Internet Insurance, Internet Liability, Internet Licensing, Internet Litigation, Web Site Development
Libel, Slander and Defamation Defamation, Libel and Slander, Libel Defense, Media Libel
Litigation Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation
Media Law Newspaper Law, Publishing Contracts, Publishing Law
Privacy Law Information and Privacy, Privacy and Publicity, Privacy Litigation, Right of Privacy, Right of Publicity
Sports Law Amateur Sports Law, Motor Sports Law, NCAA Regulation, Professional Sports Law, Sports Agency Law, Sports Antitrust, Sports Contracts, Sports Facilities Development, Sports Injury, Sports Licensing, Sports Marketing Law
Technology and Science Aerospace Technology, Agrochemicals, Chemistry, Coatings Technology, Electronics, Explosives Technology, Fiber Optics, High Technology, High Technology Contracts, Inorganic Chemistry, International High Technology, Internet Technology, Laser Technology, Life Sciences, Materials Science, Medical Technology, Nanotechnology, Organic Chemistry, Petroleum Chemistry, Physics, Polymers, Semiconductor Technology, Technical Litigation, Technology Contracts, Technology Finance, Technology Joint Ventures, Technology Law, Technology Licensing, Technology Protection, Technology Transfers
Trade Secrets Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Secret Misappropriation
Trademarks Counterfeiting, International Trademarks, Internet Trademarks, Lanham Act, Service Marks, Trade Dress, Trade Names, Trademark Arbitration, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Protection, Trademark Registration


  • Federal
  • Maine, Massachusetts

Employment History

  • Parter | Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP

    2004 - 2016


  • JD | Boston University School of Law

    1995 - 1998

    Concentration in Intellectual Property
    Edward F. Hennessey Scholar, Top 10% 3L
    American Journal of Law & Medicine, Third-Year Editor
    Communications, Entertainment & Sports Law Association, Vice President

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  • Portland, Maine, Cumberland County

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