Steve Katz is a commercial litigator and business counselor with 20 years of experience representing clients on issues relating to product sales, distribution and technology. Mr. Katz represents clients across many industries, including consumer products, printing, automotive parts supply, semiconductor, computer numerical control, machine tool, construction equipment, outdoor power products, office/home furniture, industrial engine, software and information technology.
Mr. Katz has successfully represented manufacturers and suppliers in a wide variety of litigation, appellate and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings across the country, including claims for breach of contract/warranty, intellectual property infringement, antirust and unfair competition.
Outside the courtroom, Mr. Katz represents clients across the globe in negotiating licensing arrangements and sales-related contracts, including OEM and supply agreements, terms and conditions of sale and security agreements, relating to both domestic and worldwide supply relationships. He also counsels clients in all facets of their agreements and disputes with distributors, dealers, sales representatives and franchisees, including the termination of those relationships.
Mr. Katz regularly advises on antitrust issues concerning product distribution and licensing, including issues relating to pricing, exclusive dealing, territory and customer restrictions, refusals to deal, tying arrangements and relations with competitors.
As a member of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology Group, he also counsels clients on intellectual property and trade secret protection, advertising and information technology issues.
Mr. Katz is a frequent author and speaker on litigation, antirust and sales/distribution topics, with a focus on issues that impact foreign companies conducting business in the United States. He was recently published in the National Litigation Consultants' Review: "The Risk of Proffering Financial Expert Testimony in Lay Witness Clothing: The Limits of Rule 701 of the Federal Rules of Evidence", Litigation Forensics Board of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), National Litigation Consultants' Review, Volume 2, 2013, page 6.
Mr. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Litigation and Antitrust and a member of the Chicago Bar Association Federal Civil Practice and Antitrust Committees.
Mr. Katz is admitted to practice in Illinois; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including its Trial Bar; the U.S. District Court for Arizona; and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits. He obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1992, where he received the 1992 "Antitrust Prize" awarded for his scholarship in that area of law. He was also the recipient of American Jurisprudence Prizes in Contracts, Corporations, Property, Antitrust Law and Legal Research and Writing. Mr. Katz was a member of the 1991-1992 NIU Law Review and of the NIU National Moot Court Team. He obtained his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1989.