Principal of LaCount Law
180 Garden Gate Lane
Irvine, California 92620
Tel: (714) 573-8300
Prior to founding his boutique law firm in 2005, Stephen LaCount was affiliated with Nixon Peabody LLP, an international law firm headquartered in the Northeast. He was previously a partner (and member of the Executive Committee) in the national law firm of Arter & Hadden from 1992-2003. He attended Boston University (B.A.), New York Law School (J.D.) and New York University School of Law (LL.M., Trade Regulation).
Mr. LaCount has extensive experience representing a broad range of clients and has served as in-house counsel with a number of prominent multinationals, including Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Esterline Technologies. In 1987, he relocated from Connecticut to Irvine, California to join AST Research, Inc., a Fortune 500 personal computer manufacturer, where he served as General Counsel for three years before entering private practice.
His practice emphasizes domestic and international business transactions, including acquisition, sale and licensing of technology and intellectual property, general counseling/emerging growth companies, patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection and exploitation, technology development and strategic partnering arrangements, software licensing and information technology contracting, outsourcing, internet, e-commerce, e-business, privacy and data protection, international distribution and representative agreements, and specialized regulatory matters involving antitrust compliance and foreign trade controls.
He is also a long-standing member of the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Neutrals and has resolved a wide variety of disputes involving intellectual property rights, franchise relationships and technology-related agreements and transactions. His service has included both sole arbitrator appointments and as a member of panels (some which he chaired). He is a passionate advocate of arbitration as an efficient and cost-effective method to resolve disputes.
Stephen LaCount was recently ranked by Who's Who Legal as one of California's top Information Technology lawyers (for the 16th year in a row).
Mr. LaCount served as the Laspa Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship Law and Practice at Harvey Mudd College, the science and engineering school of the Claremont College consortium, from 2013-2016. He currently lectures on business law subjects at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. He is a nationally recognized speaker and author on technology contracting and most recently served on the faculty of the 8th International Asian Conference in Bangalore, India.
Stephen LaCoiunt served as a Director of the Computer Law Association (now known as International Technology Law Association) and chaired the CLA’s renowned biennial Pacific Rim Computer Law Conferences held in Newport Beach and San Francisco. He co-founded the High-Tech Innovation Awards, an annual Southern California technology company showcase, and was awarded Tech America’s prestigious Community Service Award in 2007.
Stephen LaCount is admitted to the state bars of New York and California.