skip to content
Steven  T. Snyder

Steven T. Snyder

Of Counsel

T (704) 384-2648
F (704) 384-2948

Steve Snyder, a member of the firm's Cybersecurity and Data Breach team, leverages his industry experience as a network engineer to assist clients with cybersecurity and data breach issues.  He has advised clients on prevention measures, liability protection, data breach response and mitigation, and interaction with regulatory agencies and law enforcement. His experience includes implementing cybersecurity frameworks based on the NIST Framework. He has also supported clients on litigation issues involving data breaches, misappropriation of trade secrets, and loss of confidential business information. He has participated on panels and authored articles on evolving challenges of cybersecurity in publications including Wall Street Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Bloomberg BNA, Law360, and Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal. He is CIPP/US certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and certified in Cybersecurity Fundamentals by ISACA, an organization for information technology professionals. Steve also serves as the firm's Chief Information Security Officer.

Steve, also a member of the Intellectual Property Group, is a registered patent attorney and technology counsel with a wide-ranging practice advising corporate clients on intricate legal issues with a focus on computer networking and mobile telecommunications. He has extensive experience drafting, editing and negotiating agreements involving software, hardware, technology services, and intellectual property. He has negotiated patent licenses and supervised all aspects of patent litigation in many jurisdictions including the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern District of California.

Prior to entering law school in 2000, Steve served as the Chief Technology Officer for an Internet startup in Boston, Massachusetts.  He also spent time managing the information systems of an Alaskan insurance adjusting firm. 

Steve received his law degree, with honors, from New York University School of Law in 2003.  He also received a master's degree (1995) and a bachelor's degree (1993) in engineering from Lehigh University. 

  • Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars edition (2017)

Representative Work

  • Developed and implemented novel cybersecurity program for private equity funds and their porfolio companies.
  • Worked with client companies of various sizes across sectors to assess and improve cybersecurity profile.
  • Advised on compliance involving many aspects of data storage, usage, and policies for data governance.
  • Managed internal investigations and incident response relating to data breaches and theft of trade secrets, including interfacing with technical experts and law enforcement.
  • Assessed and provided strategic advice on privacy and cybersecurity issues raised by new business endeavors involving confidential data for domestic and international companies.
  • Advised on litigation matters involving data breaches and theft of trade secrets.
  • Negotiated contracts involving complex data storage and transfer issues, including international matters.
  • Negotiated wide range of contracts and provision involving IT services, SAAS, and IP rights for clients in various industries including healthcare, real estate, telecommunications, and software.
  • Managed patent prosecution, drafted reexamination responses and authored opinions primarily in the software, hardware and telecommunications fields.
  • Handled numerous patent litigations involving primarily mobile handsets, internet technologies, computer software and microprocessors. Lead associate for Google in Oracle v. Google, dubbed the “World Series of IP” in 2012. Appeared in many jurisdictions including Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California.
  • Seasoned patent licensing negotiator. Lead technical attorney in negotiations involving high tech patent licensing assertions for clients both receiving and making assertions. Represented multiple clients in negotiations involving the multi-billion dollar Rockstar portfolio.
  • Broad technical expertise including LTE, Wi-Fi protocols, Fiber optics, voice coding, networking equipment, cellular base stations, mobile handset hardware and software, encryption, internet protocols, and microprocessors.



  • CIPP/US certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Certified in Cybersecurity Fundamentals by ISACA. 

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership


February 5, 2018
December 8, 2017
September 27, 2017
Just Patch It, Cybersecurity Updates
June 7, 2017
May 15, 2017

Published Works

  • "Blockchain And Its Implications For IP," North Carolina Bar Association's L3: Long Leaf Law Blog, February 21, 2018
  • "Why the Advent of the Ransomworm is a Really Big Deal," Innovation & Tech Today, June 15, 2017
  • “Five Tips For Insuring Big Data Does Not Become Your Company’s Big Problem,” Privacy and Security Law Report, 15 PLVR 587, March 21, 2016.
  • "Harmonizing Cybersecurity And Trade Secret Protection," Law360, December 4, 2015
  • “Proposed U.S. Automated Trading Rules Affect Trade Secrets and Cybersecurity,” Finance Magnates, December 3, 2015
  • "What In-House Counsel Need to Know About the EMV Liability Shift," Corporate Counsel, November 12, 2015
  • "5 Considerations Before Becoming Chip Card Compliant," Law360, October 26, 2015
  • "SEC Offers Cybersecurity Guidance for Funds & Advisers," Wall Street Lawyer, June 1, 2015
  • "FCC Working Group Issues Report on Cybersecurity Best Practices," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, June 1, 2015
  • "Cybersecurity Best Practices," Bloomberg BNA, April14, 2015


  • Presenter, Data Security Protection, 2017 HRMAG HR Legal Boot Camp, Elon University, March 23, 2017.
  • Presenter, Getting Your House in Order Before Contracting: Data Asset Protection Plans to Avoid Security Breaches, LSI Conference on Technology and Cloud Transactions, April 27-28, 2015.
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 2003
  • Lehigh University, M.S., Structural Engineering, 1995, B.S., Civil Engineering, with honors, 1993
  • North Carolina
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Each of our lawyer's e-mail address is provided with his or her biography. If you are not a current client of our firm, you should not e-mail our lawyers with any confidential information or any information about a specific legal matter, given that our firm may presently represent persons or companies who have interests that are adverse to you. If you are not a current client and you e-mail any lawyer in our firm, you do so without any expectation of confidentiality. We will not establish a professional relationship with you via e-mail. Instead, you should contact our firm by telephone so that we can determine whether we are in a position to consult with you about any legal matters before you share any confidential or sensitive information with us.