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Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Steven M. Pappas

Mind + Muscle

Steven M. Pappas

Student Associate


Mr. Pappas is a Student Associate in the firm's Electronics Group, specializing in software, database, and financial technologies. His practice focuses on patent office litigation and patent preparation and prosecution. Mr. Pappas has been involved in more than 10 post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, representing both patent owners and petitioners.

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Mr. Pappas worked as a financial technology consultant at GFT USA, where he specialized in the implementation and customization of portfolio accounting systems for hedge funds and prime brokerage firms. He also worked as a software engineer for ZocDoc, where he developed and monitored internal automation tools to improve overall continuous integration efforts.

During his graduate studies, Mr. Pappas focused on practical software systems, including modern operating systems, database management systems, and web applications. He conducted his research on software reliability concerning client-side code within web applications, in which he developed an open-source tool for web developers that provides feedback on common bugs associated with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code in order to ensure best practices are being employed.

  • Admissions

      United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
    • J.D. Candidate (2019), Georgetown University

    • M.S., Computer Science, Columbia University

    • B.S.E., Computer Science, University of Michigan cum laude


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