Mr. Stephen (“Steve”) Abreu is the first FPOC alumnus to join For People of Color, Inc.’s Board of Directors. He attended FPOC’s very first law school admissions workshop. Raised in a single parent household, Stephen grew up in the small town of Escondido in Southern California. He is of Latino descent: His mother is from Puerto Rico, and his father from the Dominican Republic. He attended UC Santa Cruz for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in molecular biology and UC Davis for law school. Like many of our constituency he worked throughout his undergraduate career to put himself through school and is the first in his family to attend college and law school.
Stephen Abreu is a senior associate in King & Spalding’s San Francisco Intellectual Property Counseling practice. Stephen advises biotechnology, medical device, technology and digital health companies on a range of complex intellectual property and commercial agreements such as strategic partnering and collaboration agreements, intellectual property licenses with both commercial businesses and academic institutions, commercial manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements and software licenses.
In 2015, Stephen was selected as a member of the National Black Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers for 2015.
In 2016, Stephen was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal to its annual “40 Under 40” list.
Stephen has extensive expertise in university transactions gained while working for the University of California, San Francisco as the Industry Contracts Manager for the Diabetes Center and the Immune Tolerance Network. In that capacity, Stephen was responsible for managing all industry relations between these departments and companies operating in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and digital health space.
Stephen received his Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he focused his research on characterizing vacuolar calcium exchangers and ATPase pumps in fungal model organisms.
Stephen has also worked as a bench scientist for several biotech companies with antibody-based technologies. He began his career working for the Wall Street investment firm Sanford Bernstein as an institutional asset associate where he earned his Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Stephen received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2007, where he externed for the U.C. Davis Office of Technology Transfer and was president of the King Hall Intellectual Property Law Association and the Black Law Student’s Association. Stephen received the Sidney B. Williams Intellectual Property Scholarship, administered by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, in 2006.
Stephen has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law, where he taught intellectual property transactions.
Prior to joining King & Spalding, Stephen worked for an international law firm advising life sciences companies on technology and commercial agreements.
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