Steven L. Krongold
Steve Krongold’s practice is based in Orange County, California, where he specializes in real estate and business litigation in state and federal courts. Steve was formerly a partner in the Trial and Intellectual Property Groups of Arter & Hadden, LLP, where he represented Fortune 500 companies such as Computer Associates, Tatung Co., ConAgra Foods, K-Mart and Fortune Brands.
Mr. Krongold has experience with federal agency cases brought by the FTC, SEC and CFTC. He can also prosecute or defend intellectual property cases filed under the Copyright Act, the Trademark Act, Unfair Competition Laws, the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, and related state and federal laws. He also has successfully handled a number of sensitive trade secret misappropriation cases involving the alleged theft of designs, drawings, and sales data.
Mr. Krongold filed the first case testing the limits of "fair use" involving a search engine that displayed "thumbnail" images. Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp., 336 F.3d 811 (9th Cir. 2003).
In his twenty years of practice, Mr. Krongold has worked on a number of high profile matters, including the Lincoln Savings Securities Fraud Class Action against Charles H. Keating, Jr., the Orange County bankruptcy litigation against Robert L. Citron, and numerous fraud prosecutions brought by the U.S. Attorneys Office or the Orange County District Attorneys Office.
Mr. Krongold has spoken at seminars sponsored by the California Bar Association and the Orange County Patent Law Association. He served on the Board of the Whittier Law School Intellectual Property Institute. He is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association.
Mr. Krongold has published a number of articles on intellectual property, including: Copyright Protection on the Internet, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (September 2000 Newsletter); Peer-to-Peer Technology, Intellectual Property Today (June 2001; Vol. 8, No. 6); U.S. e-tailers find implementing E-SIGN difficult, World e-Business Law Report (August 28, 2001); Ninth Circuit Rules That Displaying Full-Size Images on Web Site Constitutes Violation of U.S. Copyright Laws, New Matter, State Bar of California IP Section (Spring 2002; Vol. 27, No. 1); Copyright/Internet Law Updates, Arter & Hadden, LLP (2002-2003).
Born and raised in Southern California, Mr. Krongold received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California, and his B.A. in Economics from U.C.L.A. Steve is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California. Mr. Krongold is married with four children.