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Mr. Pinnisi provides General Counsel and targeted services for clients across the country, often reviewing and managing the work of other law firms.


His clients most often are established businesses and emerging high technology companies. He is a "lawyer's lawyer," having advised and represented other "Superlawyers" and attorneys listed in "Best Lawyers in America."

His extensive legal experience includes service as an Honor Program Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and Washington, D.C., as an associate with Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, as in-house General Counsel of Kionix, Inc. and Cognitive Science LLC, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.


He regularly handles high-stakes litigations with diverse commercial and highly technical subject matters.

He structures and negotiates a wide range of complex business deals, he has supervised the transfer of companies valued into hundreds of millions of dollars, and he has handled sensitive internal corporate investigations.


He has supervised the prosecution, use, enforcement, and transfer of hundreds of patented inventions and trade secrets for companies in a wide range of industrial fields.

He is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School, a frequent speaker to bar and business groups, and a recipient of awards for upholding high ethical standards in practice.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 40%
    20 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    30 years
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%
    20 years
  4. Business: 10%
    20 years



Hourly ($500-550/hour)

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Contact info

Pinnisi & Anderson

520 Cayuga Heights Road.
Suite 100
Ithaca, NY, 14850-1422


NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognizedNew York Super Lawyers2008
RecognizedWho's Who In American Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselCognitive Science LLC2009 - Present
PartnerPinnisi & Anderson2003 - Present
General CounselKionix, Inc.1999 - 2003
Adjunct ProfessorCornell Law School1992 - 1999
PartnerBrown, Pinnisi & Michaels1992 - 1999
AssociateCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton1991 - 1992
Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney For The Southern District Of New York1988 - 1991
AssociateShearman & Sterling1987 - 1988
Honor Program AttorneyU.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Aquilla v Washington Gas CompanyJury verdict for plaintiff for full contract damages, plus shifting of costs and attorney's fees
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Cornell UniversityN/AA.B.1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYSWBA Corporate Law SymposiumCorporate "Psychology"2008
Cornell Law Practice Ethics LecturesNegotiation for Lawyers2006
Rewards and Risks of the InternetLegal Risks of the Internet2004
Protection of Intellectual PropertyTo Patent or Not to Patent2004
Keynote Speaker, Cornell Law School Ethics in Practice Annual ConferenceEthics in Legal Practice2004
Martindale-Hubbell "Counsel to Counsel" ForumInternational Dispute Resolution2003
Cornell Entrepreneur AwardsTechnology Transfer Practicalities2003
Cornell University Trustee CounselProtection of Trade Secrets1999
Cornell Law Ethics in Practice Annual ConferenceEthics in Legal Practice1997
NYS Bar Association - Law of Evidence UpdateEvidentiary Privileges1993
ABA Annual MeetingMandatory ADR1993