Steven M Bauer


Arbitrator – Domestic, Arbitrator – International, Mediator, Expert Witness, Other


Commercial / Business, Technology, Pharma / Life Sciences, Intellectual Property

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United States



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Steve, a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, has spent over 35 years helping parties resolve their business and legal disputes, particularly in matters related both to technology and life sciences license disputes, and to intellectual property (patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights).

Steve’s practice is international. He is vice-chair of the ADR Committee of AIPPI, the largest international IP law society. Until he joined JAMS in 2020, Steve was on the American Arbitration Association's Life Sciences and Complex Disputes panels.  In addition to the many cases he has handled in the US, Steve has been a neutral or advocate in arbitrations in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.K., in matters involving US, Asian and European companies.

Throughout his career, Steve has specialized in resolving disputes involving complex state-of-the-art technology. By way of example, Steve has handled matters involving gene-based diagnostic tests and therapeutic treatments; medical devices, such as heart valves, surgical tools, and proton beam therapy; satellite and wireless communication networks; consumer electronics; lithium-ion battery chemistry; high temperature superconductors; and MEMS and semiconductor devices.

Steve joined JAMS in 2020, after a 37-year career in private practice, and 17 years at Proskauer, where he co-chaired both its IP Litigation practice group and its Litigation Department, and was a member of its Executive Committee. While Steve was at Proskauer, Chambers USA annually ranked him as one of Boston’s top-five IP trial lawyers, describing him as a "client's number one choice," ‘results-oriented,’ ‘a great strategist,’ ‘pragmatic and flexible,’ and ‘the litigator that clients want.” IAM named Steve an IP Global Leader; and SuperLawyers thrice named Steve as one of Boston's "Top 100"​ lawyers.

From 2012 - 2021, Steve taught MIT's undergraduate course on intellectual property. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at B.U. Law School, where he taught patent law and litigation, IP trial advocacy, and computer law courses.

Steve is on the Board of the Lurie Boston IP Inn of Court. He also is on BULS's Dean’s Advisory Board, and until recently, was on the Board of Advisors of the Boston Museum of Science and the Huntington Theater. He also has been on the Editorial Board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal.

Steve earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science, with a biomedical focus. He started his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Philip Nichols, Jr., at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

Steve is an IFR-rated pilot.