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Steven P. Lipowski

Professional Experience

As chair of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group, Steve works with clients to develop practical, creative solutions to their most important challenges. He believes strongly in serving clients as a trusted member of their team focused on providing advice clients can actually use.  Steve's practice involves a mix of both significant intellectual property and business law representation, giving him the perspective across both arenas to better serve clients.  Specifically, Steve's intellectual property practice includes trademark prosecution, trademark counseling and portfolio management, e-commerce and intellectual property licensing agreements, copyright matters, and domain name dispute proceedings.  Steve also routinely advises clients in several areas of business law, including commercial and corporate law, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions.  He has advised many large and small clients in various commercial transactions, including the following representations:

  • Negotiated and drafted complex intellectual property licensing agreement of a globally focused company in the process of spinning off several operating subsidiaries 
  • Represented publicly-traded company in the sale of its extensive timberland holdings over several years, including a single transaction in excess of $31 million
  • Represented family owned business in the sale of its operating assets as well as related real estate for $20 million
  • Negotiated and closed several successive transactions involving the sale of both operational and non-operational industrial mills, including hydroelectric dams and related real estate holdings
  • Assisted shareholders of a small company in negotiating, drafting, and implementing plan to buyout minority shareholder
  • Advised growing client regarding specialized financing opportunities related to proposed industrial plant acquisition and construction.

It has been said that “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Steve believes in the power of travel and enjoys learning about the culture, history, art (and beers) of many countries outside the United States. When not working, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and golfing poorly.

Education

  • B.A. (with distinction), University of Wisconsin - Madison (1997)
    • Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (2000)
    • Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal, Senior Note and Comment Editor

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Section Member: Business Law; Intellectual Property Law
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Section Member: Business Law; Intellectual Property; Young Lawyers Division
  • Marathon County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Recognition

Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, Rising Star 2009

Professional Activities

  • International Trademark Association - (INTA) (2010 - present)

Civic Activities

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area, Inc., Board of Directors (2016 - present)
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Board of Directors (2014 - 2017)
  • Centergy, Inc., Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2018 - present)
  • Grow North Regional Economic Development Corp. - Member (2005 - 2007)
  • Junior Achievement of Northcentral Wisconsin, Inc. - Board of Directors (2011 - 2017)
  • Leadership Wausau/Marathon County - Class XV Graduate (2002)
  • Special Olympics of Wisconsin - Volunteer (2013)
  • United Way of Marathon County - Fundraising Committee, Professional Division (2000 - 2007)
  • University of Wisconsin Alumni Association - Wausau Chapter, (2006 - present)
  • Wausau Kayak/Canoe Corporation - Board of Directors (2007 - 2011); Vice President (2008); President (2010)
  • Young Professionals Network of Wausau/Marathon County - Steering Committee (2004 - 2006); Chair (2004 - 2005)

Articles

Legal Updates

Presentations

  • Agriculture Lease Agreements, UW Extension and Northcentral Technical College Agricultural Land Values Seminar - 10/24/17
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development - Community Programs Staff Training - "Title Insurance for USDA Loan Programs" - 7/15/15
  • Meritas Capability Webinar - 3-D Printing: U.S. and Global Intellectual Property and Business Challenges - 2/18/13
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Intellectual Property Laws, ExporTech - 3/8/12
  • Top Ten Purchasing Contract Issues - 10/22/09
  • Spelling Out Differences Between Copyrights, Trademarks, & Patents - 4/15/09
  • Cover Your Bases Before the Sale is Made - 10/8/08 and 10/15/08
  • Trademark Basics - 2008
  • Questions about Trademarks? - 11/14/07 and 12/12/07
  • Intellectual Property and the Internet - 5/2/06 and 5/9/06
  • Purchasing Terms & Conditions - 2006