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Steve Reitenour has a diverse practice that includes intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation and appeals. His intellectual property practice, which includes patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright litigation, has allowed him to build relationships and make contacts in many states and several countries around the world.

Steve has spent a considerable amount of his career representing technology and manufacturing companies in complex intellectual property and commercial litigation claims throughout the country. He has defended automobile, heavy machinery and truck manufacturers against numerous types of claims. Many of the cases have involved large document productions against aggressive, well-financed counsel.

In addition to his practice, Steve was a Conciliation Court judge for the Fourth Judicial District Court, State of Minnesota. He was also an adjunct professor, teaching legal writing at William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law).  Steve is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice and is listed on the Facilitative Hybrid and Adjudicative / Evaluative Minnesota Statewide ADR-Rule 114 Neutrals Rosters.

Steve enjoys traveling, as he has been to all 50 states and 17 foreign countries and counting.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1992
  • Iowa, 1999
  • North Dakota, 1999

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Iowa
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of North Dakota
  • US Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D., 1992
    magna cum laude
    Editor, William Mitchell Law Review, 1990 - 1991
    Staff, William Mitchell Law Review, 1989 - 1990
  • University of Minnesota, Post-Doctorate Studies in Music Industry, 1987
  • Nova University, Ed.D., 1986
  • Radford University, M.S., 1980
  • Liberty University, B.S., 1979

Professional Associations

    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • International Trademark Association
    • American Bar Association   
      —Intellectual Property Section
    • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • State Bar Association of North Dakota


    • Marquis Who's Who
      —Who's Who in America
      —Who's Who in the Midwest
    • Martindale-Hubbell
      —Rated AV Preeminent

Recent News, Events and Blogs


  • "Developing an Early Evaluation Program to Identify an IP Case's Merits and Create a Customized Litigation Strategy: The Impact of the Entire Market Value Rules and NPEs," Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits, Aspatore Books, 2014
  • "The Legal Protection of Ideas: Is It Really a Good Idea?", 18 William Mitchell Law Rev. 131, 1992 (cited in The National Law Journal's "Worth Reading," Jan. 10, 1994, and in Jamil Blackmon v. Allen Iverson, 324 F. Supp. 2d 602 (E.D. Pa, 2003)).
  • "Liability for Injuries Caused by Printed Media", 14 Journal of Products Liability, No. 1, 1992