Steven G. Hill

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP
 | 3350 Riverwood Parkway SE, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 678-384-7450
Fax: 770-953-1358
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

Steven G. Hill is the co-founder of Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP.  He has an international practice comprised of clients that look to him to represent them in court in a variety of matters.  He has achieved trial victories in high stakes cases involving business tort, fraud, patent, copyright, trademark, civil RICO, trade secrets, frachisor-franchisee and unfair competition.  He has recovered over $100 million in combined verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University in 1991, Mr. Hill went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School in 1994. From high school through law school, Mr. Hill excelled in public speaking competitions.  In addition to winning a national championship in debate, he was one of only three students in his law school class named to the Vanderbilt national moot court team.

Over the last 23 years, Mr. Hill has handled over 250 cases in over 30 states. His high-profile successes include the victorious trial defense of Moe's Southwest Grill, LLC, and its founder, against allegations involving fraud and RICO claims brought by 54 Moe's franchisees. He has handled complex patent cases, including one involving 261 defendants, and another involving the assertion of 25 patents. 

Mr. Hill has the trial skills, experience and acumen to handle some of the most complex cases in the country. For his achievements, he has been named a Legal Elite multiple times by Georgia Trend Magazine and also carries a 10.0/10.0 Superb AVVO rating.  Intellectual Asset Magazine has recognized him in the 2014-17 editions of the IAM Patent 1000 as one of the top 1000 patent lawyers in the world.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%): Trade Secret

Intellectual Property Litigation (50%)

Focus Areas

Trade Secret

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2015 - 2019

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About Steven Hill

Admitted: 1994, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://hkw-law.com/attorney/steven-g-hill/

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected, Patent 1000: The World's Leading Practitioners, Intellectual Asset Management, 2014-17
  • Georgia Super Lawyer
  • Rated 10.0/10.0, Avvo
  • Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Video Content and the Web: Copy-right or Copy-wrong, Atlanta Internet Video Marketing Association, 2014
  • Author, Rule 11: Prefiling Considerations for the NPE Lawyer, Practicing Law Institute, Patent Litigation, 2010
  • Speaker, The 2nd International IP Monetization and Commercialization Forum-Suzhou, 2016
  • Speaker, The New US Patent Litigation Reality, Intellectual Property Business Conference Asia, Shanghai, 2016

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Trial victory in a civil RICO case resulting in judgment for $427,000 in Gwinnett County State Court (GA)., 2017
  • Victorious defense of the world's largest BIOS software company and three Taiwanese computer manufacturers in consolidated patent cases brought in Central District of California alleging infringement of 25 patents.  Successfully invalidated key patents at district court proceeding, won an attorney's fees award of $1.55 million, and instituted numerous inter partes reviews of patents before the PTAB resulting in invalidation of 15 patents., 2016
  • Victorious trial defense of national franchisor Moe's Southwest Grill and its founder Martin Sprock in civil RICO case brought by 54 Moe's franchisee plaintiffs, raising fraud and racketeering claims relating to alleged kickback in food supply chain, 2015
  • Successfully represented Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Home Shopping Network, Emeril Lagasse and others in a federal trademark and counterfeiting case , 2013
  • Represented Conversant IP, formerly MOSAID Technologies, in patent litigation against ST Microelectronics and Xilinx brought over 9 patents and numerous microprocessor-related products, 2013
  • Shepherd Management, Inc. v. Cantoni LP et al.  -- Represented plaintiff in copyright infringement case against national furniture retailer over sales training manuals.  Jury verdict for Plaintiff:  $1,850,000 in damages, 2011
  • Archbrook-Laguna v. SED International.  Successfully defended SED in RICO case in federal court in New Jersey, and in five-day breach of contract arbitration hearing before AAA in Washington, D.C., 2009
  • Mobile Micromedia Solutions, LLC  v. Nissan North America -- Represented plaintiff in patent infringement case.  Successful at Markman hearing.  Confidential settlement on eve of trial, 2008
  • Serconet v. Netgear, Inc. -- Represented plaintiff in patent infringement case.  Won 10 out of 10 disputed terms at Markman hearing, which led to confidential settlement on favorable terms at mediation, 2007

Transactions:

  • Led complex multiparty negotiations to resolve large-scale international trade and trademark issues involving counterfeit cutlery on favorable terms, 2014
  • Represented Martin Sprock in negotiations to buy various restaurant chains and other franchise concepts, 2010
  • Successfully licensed Mobile Micromedia Solutions patents to companies including Nissan, GM, Panasonic, BMW,and Hyundai, 2007
  • Successfully negotiated patent license agreements on behalf of All care Health Management System, Inc. for groundbreaking health care software and systems integration patent with companies including Anthem, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, GE, Baxter Healthcare, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and others, 2002
  • Successful negotiation of patent license agreements for auto telematics and multimedia system patents on behalf of Donner, Inc. with auto companies and OEMs including Toyota, Ford, Honda, Visteon, Clarion and others, 2002

Representative Clients:

  • Genuine Parts Company and its subsidiaries, 2017
  • Alpha Comm Enterprises, Inc., 2015
  • Patient Engagement Advisors, Inc., 2015
  • American Megatrends, Inc., 2015
  • Hooters of America, LLP -- Handled all aspects of domestic and international intellectual property protection, litigation and licensing over the last 15 years, 2015
  • Conversant IP, formerly MOSAID Technologies, 2013
  • Home Shopping Network, 2012
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Martha Stewart, 2012
  • SED International -- Handled a variety of trademark and litigation matters for publicly-traded electronics distributor, 2008
  • Martin Sprock, founder of Moe's Southwest Grill, LLC.  Have represented Mr. Sprock and his ventures since 2004, including business and litigation matters for Moe's, Planet Smoothie, Monkey Joe's, Flying Biscuit, Cowlicks, Shane's Rib Shack and other restaurants, 2004

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Twice selected as Special Master in trademark and unfair competition cases by the Hon. Charles Pannell, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2012

Educational Background:

  • B.A., cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 1991
  • Studied at University College, Oxford, England, 1990

Industry Groups

  • Cable
  • Hospitality
  • Other
  • Pharma
  • Software
  • Wireless
Find Me Online
Website - www.hkw-law.com
Office Location for Steven G. Hill

3350 Riverwood Parkway SE
Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: 678-384-7450

Fax: 770-953-1358

 

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Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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