Areas of Practice
Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989, Executive Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
  • Brown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1985
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Florida

Steven J. Barber

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6430
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Steve Barber, a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office, focuses on high stakes commercial, mass tort, and intellectual property litigation.  He has substantial jury and bench trial experience, trying cutting-edge contract, toxic tort, mass tort, patent infringement, and trademark infringement cases (including Section 337 cases at the ITC).  His commercial litigation experience includes class action litigation, FCPA-related cases, breach-of-contract suits, and fraudulent conveyance cases.  He also serves as national trial and coordinating counsel for a large American corporation contesting thousands of mass tort cases pending in multiple jurisdictions.

Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort
Mr. Barber has represented several multinational companies in complex commercial litigation.  In recent years he obtained an injunction in the Delaware Court of Chancery that prevented the fraudulent transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars owed under major manufacturing contracts.  He successfully obtained class certification and a favorable settlement on behalf of investors who sued an international bank over multi-currency mortgage products.  He currently represents a major manufacturer in a class action and other litigation arising from allegedly defective electronic devices.

Mr. Barber's mass tort practice centers on his role as national trial and coordinating counsel for a major American corporation litigating concealment, conspiracy and other tort claims arising out of the corporation's historic investigative efforts, research, and publications on various industrial chemicals. Mr. Barber has taken cases to trial, and has supervised thousands of pleadings, motions, discovery activities, and pretrial filings.  Through aggressive dispositive motions practice and trial, Mr. Barber and the Steptoe team have prevailed in hundreds of cases in some of the most challenging jurisdictions in the United States.

Intellectual Property
Mr. Barber's intellectual property practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation.  He has tried IP cases in federal district court and at the United States International Trade Commission (Section 337).  He has handled multi-district patent infringement litigation, as well as patent infringement cases in "rocket dockets" such as the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Mr. Barber has also litigated patent-based and trademark-based Section 337 cases at the ITC. His IP clients range from Internet start-up companies to established manufacturers in heavy industries.