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Stephen Zralek is an AV-Rated, SuperLawyer who helps clients from the technology, creative and entrepreneurial fields resolve disputes through intellectual property (IP) litigation, business litigation and entertainment litigation. His cases involve copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations and domain disputes, among other forms of intellectual property. He advises individuals and businesses how to protect their creativity and works closely with clients in the creative arts, entrepreneurs, startups and technology companies.
Stephen on… law, life and passion.
Stephen was among the first attorneys to embrace social media within his own practice and to identify social media as comprising its own niche in the law. As a thought leader in social media and in intellectual property law, he is routinely called on by businesses and other attorneys for guidance in these constantly shifting arenas. He has chaired the ABA Copyright Litigation Committee and is a member of the Copyright Society of the South. He has been quoted by Managing IP and Young Entrepreneur; featured in the ABA Journal; interviewed by various news channels on copyright and IP issues; and is a frequent author and speaker on copyright law, other IP and social media law. He co-wrote “The Pro-IP Act: Another Weapon Against a Failing Economy,” published by the ABA’s Landslide magazine, as well as “Race is On to Recapture Copyrights,” published by the Tennessean.
Stephen also helps clients with whistleblower actions, qui tamactions and severance agreements, as well as election contests, political disputes and campaign finance issues.
Upon graduating from law school, Stephen served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Stephen was born and raised in Nashville. He sits on the board of Children’s House, chairs the board of Conexion Americas and is the past chair of both Nashville for All of Us and Family and Children’s Service. Stephen enjoys snow skiing, tennis and travel. He and his wife, an interior designer, have two children.
Recent Representative Cases
- • Reinsdorf v. Academy Sports Ltd. (federal court Nashville 2013): Representing nationwide sporting goods store in action where plaintiff has sued for copyright infringement over photographs used on Skechers apparel.
- • Anon Arts, LLC v. DigiCel (federal court Nashville 2013): Represented mobile app developer against desktop developer who wanted to move into the mobile space using the same mark FLIPBOOK.
- • Wells v. Chattanooga Bakery & Dr Pepper Snapple Group (state court Nashville 2013): Representing maker/distributor of MoonPie and RC Cola in right of publicity dispute.
- • Clean Control Corporation v. Simpson (federal court North Carolina 2013): Representing plaintiff in trademark infringement and cybersquatting domain name dispute involving hunting products.
- • Gaither Music Company, Inc. v. GaitherTV.com (UDRP 2013): Representing plaintiff in domain dispute over the domain GaitherTV.com.
- • SRI v. Bealls, Inc. (federal court Houston 2013): Representing defendants in trademark dispute in which competing department store chains both use the name BEALL’S.
- • Daigre & Teague v. Lacy (federal court Nashville 2013): Represented woodworkers in trade dress and unfair competition dispute over furniture design.
- • Baker v. Doe (state court Nashville 2013): Representing anonymous defendant accused of online defamation.
- • Metal Quest, Inc. v. Vaughn Mfg. (state court Nashville 2012): Represented defendant in dispute over theft of trade secrets.
- • Estate of Vern Gosdin v. Potvin (state court Nashville 2012): Represented defendant in copyright infringement dispute.
- • Middle Tennessee Lumber v. Edwards (state court Nashville 2012): Represented defendants in non-compete, theft of trade secrets and unfair competition dispute.
- • Righthaven v. Newman (federal court Nevada 2011): Represented defendant in copyright infringement dispute involving blog posting of newspaper article.
- • Schacht v. DreamFire LLC (federal court Nashville 2011): Represented plaintiff in cybersquatting dispute asserting that defendant hijacked domain.
- • Locorriere v. Sawyer (state court Nashville 2011): Represented defendant in dispute over which former lead singer had right to use the band name “Dr. Hook” in touring and merchandise.
- • John C. Flood v. John C. Flood (federal court DC 2011): Represented defendants/ counter-plaintiffs in trademark dispute between plumbing companies using same name.
- • Moore v. The Weinstein Company LLC federal court Nashville 2010): Represented plaintiff singer Sam Moore in right of publicity dispute arising out of the film Soul Men.
- • Nutro Inc. v. Sergeant’s Pet Care, Inc. (federal court Nashville 2010): Represented defendant/counter-plaintiff in trade dress dispute over packaging for Greenies dog dental treats.
- • The Coca-Cola Company v. The O-Company NV (federal court Nashville 2010): Represented defendant in trade dress dispute over shape of water bottles.
- • Farouk Systems v. Price (state court Nashville 2009): Represented defendant in counterfeit goods involving hair care products.
- • Arista Music v. Time Warner, Inc. (federal court Nashville 2009): Represented defendants and counter-plaintiffs in dispute involving copyright infringement of music on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
- • USMLEWorld v. Olalekan (federal court Nashville 2009): Represented plaintiff in copyright infringement dispute over software.
- • Capital Confirmation, Inc. v. AuditConfirmations LLC (federal court Nashville 2009): Represented defendant in trademark infringement dispute regarding Google AdWords.
- • Hennion & Walsh, Inc. v. Aston Assett Mgmt LLCm(federal court New Jersey 2009): Represented defendants in trademark dispute and unfair competition over marks SMARTGROWTH, SMART TRUST and related marks.
- • Specific Software Solutions v. Institute of WorkComp Advisors, LLC (federal court Nashville 2009): Represented plaintiff in copyright dispute regarding website content.
- • Documentary Channel, Inc. v. Pyxix Corporation (federal court Nashville 2008): Represented defendant/ counter-plaintiff in trademark dispute over the mark DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL.
- • C&C Imports, Inc. v. Century Furniture Industries, Inc. (federal court Los Angeles 2007): Represented defendant in copyright and trade dress dispute involving furniture design.
- • MacRae v. New Line Cinema Corp. (federal court Nashville 2007): Represented defendant in copyright infringement dispute involving entertainer John Waters’ recording of “Here Comes Fatty Clause.”
- • Keith Urban v. Keith Urban (federal court Nashville 2007): Represented defendant/ counter-plaintiff in trademark and domain name dispute between singer and painter who share same name.
- • Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Assn v. NWHA (federal court Nashville 2007): Represented plaintiff in trademark and copyright dispute involving certificates of lineage of walking horses.
- • The Children’s House of Nashville: Board Member (2013-Present)
- • Conexión Américas: Chair Elect (Present); Board Member (2009-Present)
- • Nashville For All of Us: Immediate Past Chair
- • Family & Children’s Service: Chair of the Board of Directors (2007-08); Board Member (2001-09)
- • WaterCooler, monthly networking group that highlights Nashville’s cultural richness and entrepreneurial spirit: Co-Founder and Co-Chair (2009-Present)
- Intellectual Property Law
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Entertainment Law
- Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law
- University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1997
- Dean's Citation for Outstanding Contributions
- Tennessee Law Review editorial board
- Xavier University, B.A., cum laude, 1994
- University Scholar
- Student Body President
- Alpha Sigma Nu officer
- Oxford University, Oriel College, 1996; Rowing Team
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- Tennessee Supreme Court
- Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2006
- AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- Super Lawyers, 2011-2013
- Avvo 10 out of 10>
- American Bar Association
- Past Chair, Copyright Litigation Committee
- Trademark Litigation Committee and Sections of Litigation and Intellectual Property
- Nashville Bar Association
- Intellectual Property Section
- Federal Courts Section
- Tennessee Bar Association: 2007 Leadership Law Program