Mr. Stephen A. Kennedy (Dallas, Texas)
Mr. Stephen A. Kennedy (Dallas, Texas)

Mr. Stephen A. Kennedy

Licensed for 28 years

Practice Area: Copyright, Trademark Litigation, Business Litigation 128 more areas of practice + 128 more

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855-703-5248

Mr. Stephen A. Kennedy

855-703-5248

Serving Dallas, TX view address

Shareholder at firm Kennedy Law, LLP

Serving Dallas, TX view address

Awards AV Preeminent

About Mr. Stephen A. Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy began his career in 1988 with the honor of serving as one of two judicial clerks for The Honorable J. Craig Wright of the Ohio Supreme Court. This unique opportunity trained Mr. Kennedy to evaluate cases from the other side of the bench, exposing Mr. Kennedy to different writing styles and arguments of attorneys and how Supreme Court Judges evaluate cases. Over four different decades of legal practice, Mr. Kennedy unremittingly imposes on himself the standard of analysis required during his judicial clerkship as he represents clients in the private sector.

Starting in 1988, Mr. Kennedy has successfully represented clients in high profile copyright infringement cases, high-tech patent infringe...

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Mr. Kennedy began his career in 1988 with the honor of serving as one of two judicial clerks for The Honorable J. Craig Wright of the Ohio Supreme Court. This unique opportunity trained Mr. Kennedy to evaluate cases from the other side of the bench, exposing Mr. Kennedy to different writing styles and arguments of attorneys and how Supreme Court Judges evaluate cases. Over four different decades of legal practice, Mr. Kennedy unremittingly imposes on himself the standard of analysis required during his judicial clerkship as he represents clients in the private sector.

Starting in 1988, Mr. Kennedy has successfully represented clients in high profile copyright infringement cases, high-tech patent infringement cases, copyright misuse, patent-antitrust, intellectual property transactions, FINRA arbitration and employment litigation matters. He has specific experience in litigating:

Patent infringement and related antitrust actions involving surveillance technology, medical devices, lasers, semiconductors, photography equipment and chemical compounds;

Copyright cases involving software, architectural drawings, photography, paintings, silversmith artwork and literary works such as television pilot scripts. He has litigated cases involving rights to a publication licensing agreement and is handling on-going litigation involving screen writer and literary works;

Trademark infringement such as Lanham Act disputes, standard trademark infringement, trademark opposition proceedings and general trademark registration;

Trade secret representations including both transactional and litigation matters involving confidentiality agreements and nondisclosure agreements;

Theft of trade secret cases in software cases, metallurgy, dental practice techniques, use of lasers, client prospects, business contacts and other business enterprise trade secrets;

Right of publicity cases, including representing a popular recording artist, an international fashion model, a nationally syndicated talk show host and a reality TV star;

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) matters involving digital rights management, circumvention litigation, takedown notices, online liability limitation and Computer Maintenance Competition Act matters;

Business Litigation cases involving shareholder disputes, FINRA arbitration cases, whistleblower litigation, SOX claims, legal malpractice cases, AAA arbitration matters. Mr. Kennedy has represented banks in lender liability cases throughout his career.

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Areas of Law

  • Copyright
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Theft of Trade Secrets
  • Protection of Trade Secrets
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Employment Litigation
  • Malpractice Cases
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Appeals
  • Business Law
  • Civil Practice
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Torts
  • Commercial Constitutional Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • 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
  • Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Contract Fraud
  • Contract Litigation
  • International Commercial Contracts
  • International Contracts
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Copyright Licensing
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Copyright Prosecution
  • Copyright Protection
  • Copyright Registration
  • International Copyright Law
  • Internet Copyright Law
  • Fraud and Deceit
  • Civil Fraud
  • Fraud
  • Government Tort Liability
  • Local Government Law
  • Local Government Liability
  • International Trade
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Defamation
  • Libel Defense
  • Libel and Slander
  • Media Libel
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • E-Discovery
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • International Litigation
  • Long-Arm Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • U.S. Supreme Court Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Newspaper Law
  • Publishing Contracts
  • Publishing Law
  • Patents
  • Biochemical Patents
  • Biotechnology Patent Prosecution
  • Biotechnology Patents
  • Business Method Patents
  • Chemical Patent Prosecution
  • Chemical Patents
  • Computer Architecture Patents
  • Computer and Software Patents
  • Design Patents
  • Electrical Patent Prosecution
  • Electrical Patents
  • Electro-Mechanical Patents
  • Electronic Patents
  • International Patents
  • Internet Patents
  • Mechanical Patents
  • Medical Patents
  • Metallurgical Patents
  • Molecular Biology Patents
  • Patent Infringement
  • Patent Licensing
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Portfolio Management
  • Patent Protection
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Prosecution
  • Pharmaceutical Patents
  • RICO
  • Civil RICO
  • Torts
  • Civil Liability
  • Intentional Torts
  • Tort Liability
  • 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 Prosecution
  • Trademark Protection
  • Trademark Registration
  • Unfair Competition

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Client Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 6 reviews
  • 100% client recommended 6 recommendations
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    4.8/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    4.8/5.0
  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 submitted on 06/27/16

    I am General Counsel for a pharmaceutical company that was sued for patent infringement. I hired Mr. Kennedy to take-over a case where previous defense counsel had charge... Read more

    I am General Counsel for a pharmaceutical company that was sued for patent infringement. I hired Mr. Kennedy to take-over a case where previous defense counsel had charged my firm more than $1 Million in six months and we made absolutely no progress in the case. In less than three months, and for a fraction of the cost paid to the name-brand Firm, Mr. Kennedy successfully demonstrated to our competitor that infringement was not possible. The case was dismissed. He now has a client for life.

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  • 5.0/5.0 submitted on 07/05/13

    As General Counsel for a large company, I have retained counsel from all over the country and globally for legal advice. I was tired of paying huge law firms $700 per ho... Read more

    As General Counsel for a large company, I have retained counsel from all over the country and globally for legal advice. I was tired of paying huge law firms $700 per hour and associates with no experience $400 per hour to work on cases and get mediocre results. Stephen Kennedy has a small firm, had a lower hourly rate and achieved results that far exceeded my expectations. I will use him for more cases in the future.

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  • 5.0/5.0 submitted on 06/23/10

    Mr. Kennedy is easy to talk to and communicates what he needs from the client very clearly. His ability to think ahead and take strategic direction is invaluable. In ad... Read more

    Mr. Kennedy is easy to talk to and communicates what he needs from the client very clearly. His ability to think ahead and take strategic direction is invaluable. In addition to in-depth preparation, he thinks on his feet, quickly drawing from vast knowledge and experience.

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  • 5.0/5.0 submitted on 06/17/10

    Excellent attention to detail and preparedness. Read more

    Excellent attention to detail and preparedness.

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  • 4.8/5.0 submitted on 06/23/10

    Mr. Kennedy is an outstanding litigator and navigates the court room with ease. Read more

    Mr. Kennedy is an outstanding litigator and navigates the court room with ease.

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      5.0/5.0
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  • 4.8/5.0 submitted on 06/16/10

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 15 reviews
  • AV Preeminent
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.6/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.6/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.3/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.6/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 03/24/13 in General Practice

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 03/07/13 in Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Excellent AV material. Read more

    Excellent AV material.

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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/04/13 in Patent Infringement

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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/04/13 in Technology Law

    very competent, hard working and creative lawyer. I have worked on a number of complex matters with Mr. Kennedy and find hima first rate lawyer. Read more

    very competent, hard working and creative lawyer. I have worked on a number of complex matters with Mr. Kennedy and find hima first rate lawyer.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 02/21/13 in Commercial Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 02/13/13 in Intellectual Property Litigation

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Member on 02/13/13 in Commercial Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 02/13/13 in Intellectual Property Litigation

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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 02/13/13 in Litigation

    • Legal Knowledge

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Partner on 02/21/13 in Litigation

    • Legal Knowledge

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Shareholder
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1988, Texas
      Law School Attended
      University of Toledo
      Class of 1987
      J.D.
      Cum laude; Order of the Coif
      University Attended
      Vanderbilt University
      Class of 1984
      B.A.
      Birth Information
      Born in 1962
      Associations & Memberships
      Dallas and American Bar Associations
      State Bar of Texas (Past Chairman, Intellectual Property Litigation Section)
      DFW Patent Association.
      Bar Fellowship
      American Bar Foundation; American Fallen Warriors Foundation.
      Representative Cases
      3rd Eye Surveillance v. United States (Court of Federal Claims - ongoing)(patent infringement)
      3rd Eye Surveillance v. e-Watch (E.D. Tex. - ongoing)(patent case)
      3rd Eye v. Stealth (E.D. Tex. - 2014)(patent infringement)
      3rd Eye Surveillance v.Cities of Frisco, Addison Irving, Austin, Fort Worth (E.D. Tex. - 2014)(patent infringement litigation)
      Karen Dillard's College Prep LP v. KD Studio (E.D. Tex. - 2014)(obtained jury finding of trademark infringement, willful infringement and permanent injunction)
      Commerce Street Capital v. Pate, (N.D. Tex - 2015)(represented plaintiff in dispute concerning investment banking contract)
      Mart v. Berkshire Hathaway, (N.D. of Indiana - 2012) (representing plaintiff against former employer and others alleging claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)
      Francesca Collections Boutique, Inc. v. Francesca Molina, (D. Colorado - 2012) (Represented defendant in trademark infringement case and successfully protected client's common law rights to trademark)
      Donald Hugh Henley v. Dillards Department Stores, 46 F. Supp.2d 587 (N.D. Tex. 1999) (represented recording artist Don Henley in a right of publicity case and obtained summary judgment in favor of client)
      Clark v. Dillards Department Stores, (N.D. Tex. 2012)(representing model in right of publicity case - still pending)
      Spent v. Montana Silversmiths, et al (W.D. Tex. 2012)(represented artist in actions for copyright infringement against several silversmiths and obtained summary judgment against each defendant, resulting in favorable settlements)
      Mart v. ESPN et al (S.D. Cal. 2010) (represented artist in actions for copyright infringement against several international media companies and, after filing motions for summary judgment, obtained favorable settlements)
      ChemCal, Inc., et al v. Delta Water Technologies (N.D. Tex. 2011)(represented defendant in patent infringement case and successfully challenged patent validity which resulted in favorable settlement)
      Independent Capital Management, LLC v. Collins, 261 S.W.3d 792 (Dallas App. - 2009) (reversing a preliminary injunction)
      MGE UPS Systems, Inc. v. Titan Specialized Services, Inc., et. al., slip op., No. 3:04- 0231 (M.D.Tenn., December 8, 2006) (court awards contempt penalties of $27 Million for violation of injunction)
      MGE UPS Systems, Inc. v. Fakouri Electrical Engineering, Inc., 422 F. Supp.2nd. 724 (N.D. Tex. 2006) (opinion of Judge Means on summary judgment motions in copyright infringement case)
      Kirsch v. Uncle Julio's Corp. et. al., slip op., No. 3:02-CV-1583-K (N.D. Tex, 2003) (after obtaining defense verdict in architectural copyright infringement case, court awarded $737,000 in attorneys' fees and expenses to defendant)
      PMI Photomagic v. Foto Fantasy, 60 Fed.Appx. 319, 2003 WL 722181 (Fed.Cir. 2003) (representing PMI Photomagic in successful patent appeal)
      KIS, S.A. et. al. v. Foto Fantasy, Inc., et al., 204 F. Supp.2d 968 (N.D. Tex. 2001) (representing KIS, S.A.)
      Image Dynamics et. al. v. Foto Fantasy, Inc., et al., 240 F. Supp.2d 608 (N.D. Tex. 2002) (representing Image Dynamics)
      Service Asset Management Co. v. Hibernia Corp. 80 F.Supp.2d 626 (E.D. Tex. 2000) (representing Service Asset Management Company) 5
      Hampton Hardware, Inc. v. Cotter & Co., Inc., 156 F.R.D. 630 (N.D. Tex. 1994)
      Texas Instruments Incorporated v. Cypress Semiconductor, et. al., 39 U.S.P.Q.2d 1481 (N.D. Tex.1995).
      Hobbies & Interests
      Baseball; High School Football; College Football; Fishing; Reading

      Pro Bono

      Represented American Fallen Warrior Foundation in pro bono litigation as a defendant in cyber-squatting, Lanham Act, trademark infringement litigation.

      Total time spent on pro bono work: 5%