Law360 Selects Steven Zager as a Trial Ace

(New York) – Akin Gump intellectual property head Steven Zager has been selected as one of Law360’s inaugural Trial Aces, 50 top litigators who were selected “based on the number of high-stakes trials they've worked on, the role they played at trial and the trial outcome.”

The Law360 profile of Zager says he knows “through decades of experience that it can be difficult to keep a jury engaged during a complicated trial.” One such example was a 2014 victory Zager and a team from Akin Gump achieved in a trade secret case on behalf of a Texas neurosurgeon against the medical device manufacturer Globus Medical Inc. (Click here to read more.) Having worked with Zager on the case, fellow Akin Gump partner Chad Everingham said his biggest takeaway, is that Steve “is entertaining in the courtroom to the point of being captivating.”

Zager, as the profile describes, has drawn inspiration over the years, not just from the lawyers with whom he has worked, but also from an unlikely source—his many years tending bar to pay his way through his undergraduate program and law school. He said, “It’s like voir diring a juror – you want your customer to tip you, and you have to know how to engage that person, to try to get them to do what you want them to do.”

Law360 also notes Zager’s win in 2013 on behalf of the online social gaming company Zynga Inc. in a patent infringement suit brought by Personalized Media Communications LLC. (Click here to read about this case.) Zager and the Akin Gump team was retained less than two months before trial, but succeeded in getting two of the four asserted patents dropped from the case and ultimately secured a complete defense verdict.

Zager admits there are a lot of factors that cannot be controlled at trial, but there is one constant. He tells his team, “We can’t control whether we win or lose; we can prepare and hope for the best. One thing we can control is having fun out there. If so, everything falls into place.”

To read the full profile of Zager, please click here.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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