Stephen D. Zinda

Educational Background    

Stephen graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. After working several years in the energy sector as a field engineer, Stephen began attending the University of Houston Law Center full-time where he graduated cum laude and finished in the top eleven percent of his graduating class. While in law school, he served as the Internet publishing editor for the Houston Law Review (Board 49), where his comment, “Preserving the Copyright Balance: Why Copyright Misuse Should Invalidate Software Licenses Designed to Prohibit Resale and Oust Service Market Competition,” was published in 48 Hous. L. Rev. 1241 (2012).

Legal Experience

      

Stephen's official legal career began with Wong, Cabello, Rutherford, Lutsch, Bruculleri, LLP ("Wong Cabello"), a highly respected and nationally recognized intellectual property boutique in Houston, Texas. The founding partners of Wong Cabello, brought enormous experience as in-house counsel for large technology companies, including Compaq. Under their tutelage, Stephen learned how to better understand and view litigation from the perspective of the clients, who have unique financial and business considerations as compared to their litigation attorneys. 

At Wong Cabello, Stephen gained experience in all areas of intellectual property law, including litigation, licensing, patent portfolio review, due diligence, patent prosecution, opinion work, mediation, and inter partes reviews.  Stephen ran cases from start to finish, which provided him with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of  litigation. Those areas include pre-suit investigations, motion drafting, managing document collection and review, taking depositions, assisting in the preparation of expert reports, arguing at hearings, pre-trial briefing and preparation, settlement negotiations and license drafting.

In 2015, Wong Cabello was acquired by Blank Rome, LLP, a large national law firm that had a small presence in Houston. With the addition of Wong Cabello, Blank Rome's intellectual property group nearly doubled in size over night. At Blank Rome, Stephen continued to build on his past experience, handling litigation in the areas of architectural copyright infringement, trade dress infringement and false advertising. Several of his representative cases from Wong Cabello and Blank Rome are summarized and listed here.  

  

Throughout his career at Stephen has represented clients in diverse areas, such as down hole oil and gas tools, digital rock analysis, semiconductor fabrication, Fibre Channel networking, computer systems, software, security systems, and wireless communications technology. On one end of the spectrum he has represented large telecommunication and cell phone companies against well funded patent assertion entities, and on the other end he has represented small, local businesses against against fierce competitors.

Legal Philosophy

Stephen continues to represent clients in these technological fields while placing the clients' needs above all else. Most disputes have a reasonable solution that does not involve scorched-earth litigation, but too often attorneys place all emphasis on "win at all costs" without regard to the clients' business or financial considerations. Stephen's unique ability to place himself in the clients' shoes, while recognizing that the clients' needs are often much different than their outside attorneys, is what differentiates him and the other attorneys at Cabello Hall Zinda.

Admissions

  • Texas

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Activities

 

Stephen is a former member of the Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court.

Outside the Firm

Stephen is an avid jogger, sports enthusiast, and traveler. When he is not working he enjoys attending Astros and Texans games, jogging the White Oak Bayou, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling abroad.