Steven L. Baden
Of Counsel

Having been a general counsel and senior level in-house attorney for more than two decades, Steve Baden is effective at managing and resolving the complex legal needs of businesses.  Steve represents clients in consumer goods, manufacturing, direct sales, medical devices and other sectors. He advises clients on matters involving complex litigation; employment; independent contractor/employee classification; product liability; intellectual property; consumer sales trade practices; marketing, advertising and promotion regulatory compliance; equipment and real estate leasing; and vendor, product manufacturing and distribution agreements.

Education

  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 1980
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1984

Experience

Senior Corporate Counsel, The Scott Fetzer Company

Vice President of Compliance, The Kirby Company

Press, Publications and Presentations

Representative Matters

Won a directed verdict in Texas state court (upheld on appeal), ruling that the relationship between a company and its factory distributors is an independent contractor relationship and not an employer-employee relationship.

Obtained a federal court ruling that a company's non-compete and non-solicitation contractual provisions with its factory distributors were valid and applied worldwide.

Oversaw the drafting and legal negotiations of manufacturing and purchasing agreements, trademark licenses and technology licenses.

Reviewed and negotiated leases for a nationwide network of over 25 power equipment repair stores.

Reviewed, negotiated and drafted product purchase and distribution agreements with major national retailers.

Managed a legal team in China and the United States who achieved the successful seizure and destruction of counterfeit products and the criminal prosecution of the infringer.

Managed the domestic and international trademark prosecution and enforcement of a large portfolio of trademark applications and registrations for existing products and product launches.

Resolved investigative demands by attorneys general of Connecticut, Ohio and Florida.

Successfully resolved an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Professional Associations

Association of Corporate Counsel

Northeast Ohio Chapter
Former Member

Direct Selling Association

Former Member

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Ohio Supreme Court


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