J. Rodman Steele practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright law. Mr. Steele has extensive trademark experience as well as extensive patent experience, particularly in the mechanical arts. He represents clients from a wide variety of industries, including food product companies, technology companies and universities. He is board certified in intellectual property law by the Florida Bar.

Mr. Steele is a graduate of Penn State Dickinson School of Law and a graduate of George Washington University Law School (LL.M., Patent Law and Trade Regulation) and the University of Delaware (B.S., Civil Engineering).

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright


  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • The George Washington University Law School, LL.M., Patent Law and Trade Regulation, 1971
  • The Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1966
  • University of Delaware, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1963


  • Akerman Senterfitt
    -Intellectual Property Section Leader and Office Managing Partner
  • Quarles & Brady
    - Managing Partner, West Palm Beach Office
  • Steele Gould & Fried
    - Cofounding Partner
  • Patents Division, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
    - Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Association
  • Enterprise Development Corporation
    - Board Member, Past Chairman
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
  • International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • International Trademark Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Named a "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Copyright Law, 2017
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2016
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014 and 2015
  • Member, 2014 Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards: Top Patent Litigation Practice in the Southern United States
  • Listed as a Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, 2013
  • Recipient of the Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE) Task Force's Spirit of Living Award, 2013
  • Listed in South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, 2014
  • Named one of South Florida's Top Lawyers in South Florida Legal Guide, 2012 Annual Edition
  • Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • Who's Who of Patent Lawyers
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Super Lawyers
  • Bronze Star, Vietnam
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board of Directors and Treasurer of Florida PDMP Foundation
  • Board of Counselors, Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University
  • Board of Directors, President of Sparking Life Inc. (www.sparkinglife.org)
  • Dickinson Law Association Board
    -A seven-attorney board charged with overseeing Dickinson School of Law merger agreement with Penn State University
  • Advisory Council, College Of Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Past Vice Chairman and Trustee, Dickinson School of Law
  • Past President, Dickinson School of Law Alumni Association
  • Past Chairman, Enterprise Development Corporation
  • Past Chairman, West Palm Beach Water Advisory Task Force
  • Past Chairman, South Florida Science Museum
  • Past Chairman, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
  • Past Board Member, St Andrews School, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Past Board Member, Palm Beach County Cultural Council
  • Past Board Member, YMCA, West Palm Beach and Philadelphia
  • Past Board Member, Charcot Marie Tooth Association

Selected Publications

  • "Protecting Corporate Trade Secrets," Matthew Bender, 1989
  • "Commercial Defamation and Trade Disparagement under Federal Law: The Newly Expanded Scope of Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act," The Journal of Proprietary Rights, Prentice Hall Law & Business, Inc., 1989
  • "Inventor's Information Guide," Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation, Matthew Bender, 1988