About Stephen

Stephen Wu | Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Lawyer


J.D., Harvard University
cum laude

B.A., University of Pittsburgh
summa cum laude


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
California and New York


American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law

  • Member Since: 1997
  • Chair: 2010-2011

Information Security Committee, ABA Section of Science & Technology Law

  • Member Since: 1997
  • Co-Chair: 2001-2004

High Technology Law Section, Santa Clara County Bar Association

  • Member Since: 2002
  • Chair: 2014-2015

Volunteer Activities

Steve is an active volunteer in Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 37 in Los Altos, CA, from 2014 to 2017. He is the founding scoutmaster of Scouts BSA for girls in Los Altos, CA, since 2019.

He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and served as an advisor and Vigil member of Ohlone Lodge #63, Order of the Arrow (Scouting's National Honor Society).

Steve headed the Law Merit Badge Program at the 2010 BSA National Jamboree and served on the BSA national merit badge task force.

Get to Know Stephen

Stephen Wu is a shareholder attorney with Silicon Valley Law Group and the practice leader for the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Service Group. He advises business clients on information governance matters, focusing on information security, privacy, mobile computing, e-discovery preparedness, records management, and computer-related investigations. He reviews and writes sophisticated information security policies for large enterprises, and assists in data security regulatory compliance, incident response, breach notifications and establishing secure electronic commerce systems. He drafts privacy policies for clients, including ones for U.S. companies with European and Asian operations. He assists clients with European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. Steve assists clients in managing enterprise mobile device programs, including writing bring your own device (BYOD) and teleworking policies.

In addition, Steve represents start-up companies as outside general counsel, including providing assistance with business formation and deals in which he drafts and negotiates technology-related agreements, such as master service agreements, online application/XAAS/cloud agreements, terms of service, licenses, joint ventures, development agreements, and marketing agreements. His litigation practice focuses on trade secret misappropriation, computer fraud, and data theft. Also, his practice also includes copyright and trademark litigation, as well as general commercial litigation.

Finally, Steve advises clients compliance, liability, and information governance matters in cutting edge areas of technology such as robotics, autonomous driving and unmanned vehicle systems, unmanned aerial systems (drones), artificial intelligence, haptics, human-computer interfaces, Big Data, data property rights, Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D printing.

Steve served as the 2010-2011 Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law and is a member of a number of the Sections Committees, including the Information Security, E-Discovery and Digital Evidence, E-Privacy Law, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and Big Data Committees. The American Bar Association published his book, Guide to HIPAA Security and the Law, in August 2016. Steve also served as the 2014-2015 Chair of the High Technology Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He has written or co-written six other books on information security and the law. He wrote book chapters on product liability for a Daimler & Benz Foundation showcase publication on autonomous driving and the American Bar Association’s book on drones.

Before joining Silicon Valley Law Group, Steve was a Silicon Valley partner at Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP. Before starting his private practice, was the second in-house attorney at VeriSign, Inc. At VeriSign, he was in charge of the team managing the company's security policies and procedures (certificate policies and certification practice statements) supporting its secure e-commerce (public key infrastructure) services. Before VeriSign, Mr. Wu practiced with two large law firms, Jones Day and the firm now known as K&L Gates, in the areas of intellectual property, commercial, and general litigation, as well as technology licensing and transactions. From 1988 to 1990, Steve served as a law clerk to the Hon. Joseph P. Kinneary, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Representative Clients

Arm Treasure Data
Silicon Valley Law Group

About SVLG

At Silicon Valley Law Group we approach our work in a different way. We begin the process with the end in mind – your business goals. At the onset of each matter, we do a careful analysis and develop a practical strategy that can be implemented as easily as possible. We provide practical solutions for a complex world.

Our clients tell us that our approach is unique. It is instrumental in building the trust that supports our long-term partnerships. The SVLG Way allows us to provide the right answers – fast.


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