Steven Schortgen

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Ross Avenue 2200
Dallas 75201 TX US

Steven G. Schortgen is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group and is Co-Office Managing Partner in the firm’s Dallas office. Mr. Schortgen has deep, first-chair experience in complex intellectual property litigation of all kinds: patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark. He writes and speaks frequently on copyright, trade secret and patent issues as they relate to software and technology clients.

Because he has personally published commercial software, Mr. Schortgen has special insight into litigation issues in computer and computer-related industries and has litigated software and software-as-services claims extensively.

As a natural extension to his intellectual property practice, Mr. Schortgen has significant experience in noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements and the issues surrounding departing employees, including forensic investigations of computer and computer related media. Mr. Schortgen has written and counseled extensively in the area of electronic discovery.


  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1995, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Editor, Cornell Law Review; West Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, top four students in class
  • B.A., Trinity University, 1992, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility – patent litigation involving navigation technology relating to web browser applications and e-commerce services
  • Red Lion Hotels Corporation and the Howard Hughes Company – patent litigation involving systems for Internet data exchange and display
  • Hewlett Packard – Multiple representations involving dozens of information technology systems and software-as-services
  • Custom Food Group – trade secret lawsuit involving food industry, resulting in verdict in CFG’s favor on all counts and bankruptcy of all defendants.
  • Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. – trade secret lawsuit against former employees and multiple startup companies, resulting in complete cessation of business for startup companies
  • A national, marquee financial institution – claim against vendor relating to dozens of information technology systems intended to replace all core financial and reporting functions


  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Associations
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, various committees, including past President of Young Leader’s Society


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