Stephen M. Hankins

Top rated Intellectual Property Litigation attorney in San Francisco, California

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Stephen M. Hankins
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Litigation, Employment & Labor, Civil Litigation

Licensed in California since: 1991

Education: University of California Davis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2016, 2020 - 2023

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

456 Montgomery St
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104 Phone: 415-275-8525 Email: Stephen M. Hankins Visit website


Steve Hankins has tried intellectual property, antitrust and employment cases for the last 25 years.  He can reduce complex technology to key understandable concepts quickly and effectively.  Peers, clients, adversaries, as well as juries and judges, praise Steve for his ability to listen and teach with empathy and humor.  In addition to first chairing over 20 matters through trial or appeal, Steve has counselled clients on IP enforcement strategies and IP transactions as well as on departing and whistle blowing employees.  He also serves as outside general counsel for several large companies on all types of California-specific legal matters. 

Steve is one of the founding attorneys at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila.  Before that, Steve served as IP Group Leader, Executive Committee Member, and SF Coordinating Partner at Schiff Hardin from 2007-2015. 

Before Schiff, Steve worked for Morgenstein & Jubelirer from 1994-2007.  He was managing partner there from 2000-2005.  He started his career at Heller Ehrman where he worked on First Amendment and trademark matters from 1991-1994.

An avid competitor, Steve can be seen on long distance endurance sports courses throughout North America.

First Admitted: 1991, California

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Intellectual Property, University of California (Hastings), 2021
Representative Clients:
  • Hillrom, Owens-Illinois, Baxter Health, Lenovo, Motorola, Carestream Health, Allstate, 2021
  • See Linked In profile for numerous favorable results for patent litigation in electronics and medical device industries, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Medical Devices

Office location for Stephen M. Hankins

456 Montgomery St
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2016, 2020 - 2023

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