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Steven A. Delchin

Senior Attorney

Steve Delchin is highly experienced in general litigation matters and concentrates on product liability, legal ethics, e-discovery, securities defense, and intellectual property. He has a specific focus on appellate and Supreme Court practice.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Steve served as a law clerk to The Honorable Alan E. Norris at the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Steve also interned with The Honorable John M. Manos at the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Steve has an active appellate practice and has represented numerous clients before courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of Ohio, the US Court of Appeals for the Second and Sixth Circuits, and the US Supreme Court. In addition to guest lecturing on effective appellate advocacy, Steve is a regular contributor to the Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog, a firm sponsored blog which fosters discussion on news about and opinions issued by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, with an emphasis on cases pertaining to business interests. Steve’s blog posts can be followed at www.sixthcircuitappellateblog.com.

Steve has appeared on radio and TV programs to discuss recent high profile appellate cases and issues, including appearances on LXBN TV of the LexBlog Network (the largest professional blog network in the world) and the “Legally Speaking” program on international radio broadcast in such cities as New York, Washington DC, London and Moscow. Steve’s appearances can be viewed here.

Just recently, Steve conducted an exclusive and probing video interview with US Supreme Court Clerk General William K. Suter. During the interview, General Suter offers his views on the biggest mistakes that lawyers make at oral argument and the most commonly held misconceptions about the US Supreme Court. General Suter also offers insights on what the legal profession should do to promote higher levels of excellence, professionalism and ethical awareness among its members. Steve’s exclusive interview with General Suter is available for viewing online.

In addition to his active appellate practice, Steve has spent a substantial portion of his career focused on the field of professional ethics, counseling Squire Patton Boggs lawyers in offices worldwide. He is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics issues and a regular participant in the firm’s annual program on ethics and professionalism, presented every December. As part of his ethics practice, Steve has a unique focus on social media. He has lectured on the legal aspects of, and professional pitfalls associated with, social networking.

Steve also has become well-known for his talents as a videographer. Steve has written, directed, and produced a series of innovative videos for Squire Patton Boggs that explore the difficult ethical issues confronting both inside and outside counsel. Online links to Steve’s videos can be found below.

Steve has significant and extensive experience on personal jurisdiction matters. He has successfully represented a broad array of international clients from Japan, Hong Kong, Germany and Canada on jurisdictional matters all across the US, including issues relating to jurisdictional discovery and parent-subsidiary relationships. Steve also counsels clients on effective strategies for maintaining legal separateness among related corporations, and he is the co-author of a paper on managing corporate communications.

Steve has been a member of the Squire Patton Boggs eDiscovery & Data Management Team, which serves as a resource for assisting lawyers on a full range of e-discovery matters. Steve counsels numerous international and domestic clients on compliance with preservation obligations and assists these clients with implementing effective litigation hold procedures. He has written about the recent spotlight on electronic document retention policies in the age of electronic discovery, and he frequently lectures on anticipating and preparing for the myriad traps confronting litigators in the digital age. Steve has aggressively and successfully defended clients accused of Internet computer hacking.

Steve has several publications to his credit including the article “Show Me Your Wares: The Use of Sexually Provocative Ads to Attract Clients,” published in the Seton Hall Law Review, and “Scalia 18:22: Thou Shall Not Lie With the Academic and Law School Elite; It Is an Abomination – Romer v. Evans and America’s Culture War,” published in the Case Western Reserve Law Review. He is also co-author of a paper exploring the challenges associated with “going green” in today’s legal environment.

Steve recently co-authored a scholarly ethics article addressing difficult choice of law issues for companies doing business abroad. The article, co-authored with Squire Patton Boggs partner Kenneth Moore (who is chair of the firm’s Ethics Committee) and ICF International’s Mollie Roy, focuses on the complex tension and interrelationship between US and foreign ethics law. The article was published in the January/February 2014 issue of the prestigious ACC Docket, which is the national publication of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The article can be accessed here.

Representative Experience

    Appellate
    • Successfully representing one of the world’s most famous Italian designers of luxury merchandise before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals leading to a judgment of US$35 million in knockoff damages against defendants for trademark counterfeiting.
    • Securing a summary judgment reversal in a rare unanimous opinion from the Supreme Court of Ohio on behalf of an S&P 500 company in a protracted contract dispute involving several former employees.
    • Obtaining a unanimous appellate reversal and judgment in favor of one of the largest real estate companies in the US in a premises liability action involving serious injuries sustained by a worker at an Ohio shopping mall.
    • Obtaining a ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a complicated appeal remanding a high-profile murder case to the district court based on claims of ineffective assistance of counsel.
    • Successfully securing habeas relief before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of an indigent client who improperly was shackled at trial in plain view of the jury.
    • Appearing and arguing before the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act in various appeals involving habeas petitions and federal sentencing claims.

    Litigation
    • Thirteen years of experience as a key member of a national counsel team to a Fortune Global 500 tire and rubber products manufacturer in hundreds of product liability suits and class actions filed across the US.
    • Representing one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers in a groundbreaking US$8 billion class action lawsuit alleging global securities fraud.
    • Successfully representing a local businessman and his company in a federal lawsuit asserting numerous claims based on extensive charges of Internet computer hacking.
    • Acting as conflicts counsel to an official committee of unsecured creditors in one of the largest bankruptcies in US history.
    • Successfully defending a major metropolitan school district in a US$4 million personal injury lawsuit.
    • Providing aggressive and successful defense of several trademarks of an industry-leading health insurance company.
    • Defending successfully an innovative marine electronics company headquartered in Hong Kong in a highly contentious copyright dispute in Florida.
    • Obtaining dismissal of all claims on personal jurisdiction grounds on behalf of a German subsidiary of one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers.

    VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
    • “Tales of the Ethics Wizard” (2013) – Featuring more than 40 actors and shot in multiple locations in Cleveland and Columbus, Steve’s 2013 video blockbuster revolves around a fictional company called CellMed that manufactures an innovative new product called the “hPod,” a small modular chip worn as a bracelet that continually transmits health information via a Bluetooth signal to an individual’s smartphone, which in turn securely transmits the health information to the individual’s medical provider for constant monitoring. Steve’s entertaining video is filled with special effects and explores the various ethical and professionalism dilemmas confronting CellMed’s general counsel arising out of the marketing and sale of the hPod. Steve’s video received rave reviews when it debuted at the firm’s annual ethics and professionalism program in 2013. To view, click here (Part I) and here (Part II).
    • “The Move – An Inside Look at One of the Most Celebrated Cases in Cleveland Legal History” (2013) – In 2013, Steve also produced “The Move,” an insider account of one of the most celebrated cases in Cleveland legal history. The video is narrated by Squire Patton Boggs lawyer Fred Nance, who, as the lead lawyer for the City of Cleveland, successfully led the charge to save the Cleveland Browns after former owner Art Modell made his fateful announcement that he was moving the storied Browns franchise to Baltimore. This is the story about one of the most celebrated legal cases in Cleveland history. Click here to view.
    • “A Tale Of Two Summers” (2012) – This lively and entertaining video directed and produced by Steve in 2012 follows the summertime adventures of two law students as they embark on a quest to land the legal job of their dreams. The video explores the tension between conflicts and confidentiality in hiring, as well as the importance of professionalism in recruiting and hiring. The video, which debuted at the firm’s annual ethics and professionalism program, was shot in more than 15 locations in Ohio and features more than 40 firm lawyers. Click here to view.
    • “Clash of the Ethical Titans” (2011) – Written, directed, and produced by Steve, this video explores a lawyer’s duty of confidentiality and disclosure as well as the ethical limits imposed by the anti-contact rule embodied in the rules of professional conduct. Click here to view.
    • “The Treacherous Path Counsel Must Tread” (2010) – Steve’s 2010 production explores the ethical aspects of quasi-Miranda warnings for corporations, governmental bodies, and other organizations. Click here to view.

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    Education

    Case Western Reserve University, J.D., summa cum laude, valedictorian, Order of the Coif, contributing editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review, 1997
    John Carroll University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1994

    Admissions

    Ohio, 1997
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
    U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio

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