Technical and Scientific Experience

Technical and Scientific Experience

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Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields, including:

biochemistry

inorganic chemistry

biology

mathematics

biophysical studies

medicine

cellular studies

microbiology

chemical engineering

molecular biology

chemistry

molecular genetics

computer engineering

molecular studies

computer science

neurology

electrical engineering

neuropharmacology

engineering physics

organic chemistry

genetics

pharmacology

immunology

physics

industrial management

public health

information systems

systems engineering


Electrical and Mechanical Arts

The following lawyers and technical specialists have academic degrees and/or professional experience in fields related to electrical and mechanical arts.

Brittany Amadi, counsel

  • BS in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Maryland

Thomas E. Anderson, partner

  • MSE in electrical engineering, Syracuse University
  • BS in electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Former design engineer at General Electric
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Ellyar Barazesh, senior technology specialist

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Former patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Jonathan E. Barbee, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, Columbia University

Steven D. Barrett, partner

  • SB in mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael J. Bevilacqua, partner

  • MS in computer science, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • BS in computer science and mathematics, cum laude, University of Scranton
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dana O. Burwell, senior associate

  • BSE in biomedical engineering, Duke University

David L. Cavanaugh, partner

  • BME in mechanical engineering, Villanova University
  • Former senior patent counsel at Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Former electro-mechanical arts patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Arthur W. Coviello, counsel

  • BS in mathematics-physics, with honors, Brown University

Richard Crudo, senior associate

  • MS in physics, Connecticut University
  • BS in physics, Arizona University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Peter M. Dichiara, partner

  • BS in computer engineering, summa cum laude, Boston University
  • Holds a US patent for a circuit design
  • Former in-house counsel for Motorola; prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to asynchronous transfer mode networking, analog modems and multimedia and Internet related software
  • Former senior hardware engineer and senior software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation; designed CPU and I/O related logic and developed firmware
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Tara D. Elliott, partner

  • BS in computer engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Benjamin S. Fernandez, partner

  • BS in mechanical engineering, Colorado State University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Daniel A. Fleisher, senior associate

  • MEng in computer science, Cornell University
  • BSE in computer science and engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Former software developer in the investment banking industry
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Lauren B. Fletcher, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Arthur J. Gajarsa, senior counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Former Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

S. Zubin Gautam, associate

  • PhD in mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA in mathematics, magna cum laude, Yale University

Richard Goldenberg, partner

  • MS in systems engineering, Boston University
  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, University of Maryland
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael A. Greene, senior associate

  • BS in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monica Grewal, partner

  • MS in electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS in engineering, Trinity College
  • Former engineer at United Technologies Corporation, Hamilton Standard Division; was involved in the advanced testing of the NASA spacesuit and shuttle environmental control systems
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Yung-Hoon (Sam) Ha, partner

  • PhD in materials science and engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BSc in materials science and engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former patent agent at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. in Virginia
  • Was a postdoctoral research scientist/fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC from 2002 to 2004
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Joseph F. Haag, partner

  • BS in mechanical engineering, Northwestern University
  • Former in-house counsel at Walker Digital Corporation, a business solution invention and development company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jeffrey T. Hantson, counsel

  • BS in electrical and computer engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former electrical enginner at Lockheed Martin

John V. Hobgood, partner

  • BS in chemical engineering, with distinction, Purdue University
  • Former process control engineer in the petrochemical industry
  • Former environmental engineer with a chemical plant
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Adam Johnson, associate

  • BS in mathematics, University of Idaho

Jeffrey P. Johnson, partner

  • MS in information systems policy, University of Maine
  • BS in surveying engineering, highest distinction, University of Maine

Belinda M. Juran, partner

  • BS in mathematics, summa cum laude, University of Scranton
  • Former software engineer and engineering manager at Honeywell Information Systems/Bull HN Information Systems
  • Former software quality specialist at Cadence Design Systems
  • Marketing officer for 3D display developer, Eastern Delta (now Actuality Systems) during its prize-winning participation in the 1997 MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Co-founded a consulting company providing services to high technology clients

Omar Khan, partner

  • MS in electrical engineering, with honors, Johns Hopkins University
  • BS in biomedical engineering, with honors, Johns Hopkins University

Jason D. Kipnis, partner

  • MS in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former consultant for Oracle Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Theodoros Konstantakopoulos, counsel

  • PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS in electrical engineering and Computer Science
  • Diploma in electrical engineering and computer engineering, University of Patras
  • Intern with Cypress Semiconductor in Nashua, New Hampshire; developed a control network for programmable devices, performed timing and energy analysis and performed a design and feasibility study for differential design logic as part of a team of six engineers
  • Research Assistant, MIT Computer Architecture Group
  • Research Assistant, MIT Digital Integrated Circuits and Systems Group
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Kevin Lamb, senior associate

  • BA in mathematics, highest honors, University of Texas

Matthew Leary, counsel

  • BS in electrical and computer engineering, University of Colorado
  • Former senior component architect at Evolving Systems
  • Principal and founder of Elite Systems, Inc.
  • Principal and founder of Softworks, Inc.
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Anne Lee, senior associate

  • BS in mechanical engineering, Stanford University
  • Former product manager at Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Former product design engineer at Ford Motor Company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Young Lee, associate

  • BS in computer science and commerce, University of Toronto
  • Former software developer at IBM

Yvonne S. Lee, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, University of California at San Diego
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Haixia Lin, counsel

  • MEng in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • BS in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
  • Former research assistant in the Laboratory for Information Decision Systems at MIT
  • Former teaching assistant for courses in dynamic programming, discrete stochastic processes and probabilistic systems analysis at MIT
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jason Liss, counsel

  • MS in information systems, Drexel University

Cosmin Maier, counsel

  • MSE in electrical engineering, University of Michigan
  • BSE in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Michigan
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Evelyn C. Mak, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former technical advisor and patent agent with Fish & Neave LLP in New York City
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dominic E. Massa, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, Cornell University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Christopher R. O'Brien, counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Catherine S. Owens, associate

  • BA in mathematics, magna cum laude, Bryn Mawr College

Natalie R. Pous, counsel

  • BEng in biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Former patent examiner for surgical instrument art at the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Grant K. Rowan, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Maryland
  • Former electrical engineer with NASA, where he designed and simulated a high-speed data-monitoring system and designed software for a portion of the Earth Observation Satellite
  • Former engineering assistant with Engineering and Economics Research, Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Nancy L. Schroeder, senior associate

  • BS in chemical engineering and biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former research assistant with US Genomics
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Vera Shmidt, senior associate

  • BS in chemical engineering, Northwestern University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Arthur Shum, senior associate

  • BSE in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, Princeton University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael Silhasek, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Notre Dame

David R. Smith, special counsel

  • SB in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former contract system administrator and an in-house system manager in the financial and architectural industries
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael H. Smith, counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter, partner

  • ME in Telecommunications, University of Colorado
  • BS in electrical engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Former Director of Software Engineering at startup Internet company
  • Former computer system architecture consultant at Accenture 
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Donald R. Steinberg, partner

  • BSE in electrical engineering and computer science, magna cum laude, Princeton University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael Van Handel, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Former radio frequency engineer at EchoStar Technologies
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dennis Wang, counsel

  • BS in computer science and engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Wei Wang, associate

  • PhD in electrical engineering, Stanford University
  • BSc in electronic and information science and technology, Peking University
  • Former senior engineer at Intel Corporation

Becky A. Whitfield, associate

  • PhD in bioengineering, University of Washington
  • BS in biomedical engineering, Rutgers University
  • Post-doctoral fellow with the Puget Sound Blood Center

Daniel V. Williams, special counsel

  • BS in mechanical engineering, with honors, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Former engineer at IBM, Microelectronics Division; designed machinery for production of printed circuit boards
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Ryan Yang, associate

  • MS in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BS in electrical engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Former senior mixed signal design engineer at Marvell Semiconductor
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Joseph Yu, counsel

  • BS in computer science and mathematics, cum laude, Vanderbilt University
  • Former applications engineer and business analyst for Sotheby's

Kathryn Zalewski, special counsel

  • BS in computer science, Purdue University

Kelly Zeng, associate

  • MS in computer science, University of Maryland at College Park
  • BA in computer science, Mount Holyoke College
  • Former computer specialist for the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Biological and Chemical Arts

The following attorneys and technical specialists have experience in fields related to the biological and chemical arts.

Barbara A. Barakat, attorney

  • BA in chemistry, College of the Holy Cross
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Lauren V. Blakely, associate

  • BS in microbiology, summa cum laude, Clemson University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jeffrey Coleman, associate

  • PhD in molecular toxicology, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS in chemistry, Ursinus College
  • Former biochemistry content consultant and test item writer for the American Institutes for Research

Timothy A. Cook, senior associate

  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • AB in chemistry, Harvard College
  • Former teaching fellow for organic chemistry at Harvard University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Trevor Cook, partner

  • BS in chemistry, Southampton University

Andrew J. Danford, counsel

  • SB in chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christine Duh, special counsel

  • BS in biological sciences, Stanford University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Deric X. Geng, senior associate

  • PhD in chemistry, SUNY Stony Brook
  • BS in chemistry, Peking University
  • Researched drug-like molecules that modulate protein targets and pathways implicated in diabetes and metabolic diseases at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Accomplished the total synthesis of anticancer agent aigialomycin D and work as part of a team to design and accomplish the total synthesis of fully synthetic gp120 glycopeptides as anti-HIV vaccine agents as a postdoctoral fellow at the US Army Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Samantak Ghosh, senior associate

  • PhD in chemistry, Stanford University
  • MSc in chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • BSc in chemistry, first class honors, Presidency College

Ritu Gupta, associate

  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • BA in biochemistry, magna cum laude, Barnard College

Matthew J. Hawkinson, counsel

  • BA in molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Former genetic engineering research associate with Xenogen Corporation

Steven Horn, associate

  • BS in intensive chemistry, Yale University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Cindy Kan, technology specialist

  • PhD in organic chemistry, Stanford University
  • BA in chemistry, summa cum laude, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Former visiting research investigator at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

John F. Kane, patent attorney

  • BS in biology and chemistry, summa cum laude, Wright State University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Amy P. Kaplan, senior associate

  • BA in human biology, Stanford University

William W. Kim, partner

  • PhD in cellular, molecular and biophysical studies, with distinction, Columbia University
  • BS in biology, DePaul University
  • Former Norman and Rosita Winston Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology at the Rockefeller University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Laura Macro, senior technology specialist

  • PhD in cellular biophysics, The Rockefeller University
  • BSc in cell biology with industrial experience, first class honors, University of Manchester

Amanda Major, partner

  • BA in chemistry, Wake Forest University

Mark D. McBriar, senior associate

  • BS in chemistry, cum laude, Dickinson College
  • MS in organic chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
  • PhD in organic chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Nora Q.E. Passamaneck, counsel

  • BA in biology, cum laude, New York University
  • Former research technician at the Marine Biological Laboratory

Heather M. Petruzzi, counsel

  • BS in chemistry, summa cum laude, University of Richmond; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Gabriel Rosanio, technology specialist

  • PhD in interdepartmental biological sciences, Northwestern University
  • BS in biochemistry, University of Notre Dame

Jonathan B. Roses, counsel

  • BA in chemistry, Connecticut College
  • American Chemical Society Certified
  • Former senior research associate at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; worked as medicinal chemist
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Rana Sawaya, counsel

  • PhD in molecular biology, Cornell University
  • MS in microbiology, McGill University
  • BS in microbiology and immunology, with Great Distinction, McGill University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Mary Rose Scozzafava, partner

  • PhD in inorganic chemistry, Brandeis University
  • BS in chemistry, magna cum laude, Lehigh University
  • Former research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and at Max-Planck-Institute for Radiation Chemistry, Muelheim, Germany
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Laura Sole, associate

  • MS in chemistry, Northwestern University
  • BS in chemistry, University of Virginia
  • Former organic chemistry teaching assistant and research assistant at Northwestern University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Margareta Sorenson, senior associate

  • PhD in molecular biophysics, Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • Post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Colleen Superko, partner

  • MS in biochemistry, University of Vermont
  • BS in biology, Dickinson College
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Anthony Trenton, partner

  • MA in natural sciences, University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall

Michael J. Twomey, partner

  • AB in biology, magna cum laude, Harvard College
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in biology
  • Graduate fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Emily R. Whelan, partner

  • AB in chemistry, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jamie T. Wisz, partner

  • AB in biology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University
  • Former biological analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Kevin M. Yurkerwich, senior associate

  • PhD in chemistry, Columbia University
  • MPhil in chemistry, Columbia University
  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • BS in chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Elaine Zhong, senior associate

  • BA in environmental sciences, with high honors, University of California, Berkeley

 

Last updated December 2017.