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I am an experienced intellectual property, transactional, and regulatory attorney who handles matters for high technology institutions such as Fortune 500® and other entrepreneurial businesses. As a partner in a large law firm, my clients included medical device, diagnostics, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and convergence technology companies, prominent private research institutes, and the nation's premier public university system. I also managed all legal affairs for a university's $130M research program well-known for developing laser, optics, and simulation technologies. For many years, I was recognized nationally for my law practice by The Best Lawyers in America®.  


I have assisted clients with company alliance agreements, technology licensing, investment due diligence, opinion drafting, patent preparation and prosecution, and patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation. I also have significant experience related to corporate formation, mergers/acquisitions, corporate governance, import/export, federal contracts and grants, public records, public finance, conflicts of interest, research investigations, and Institutional Review Board matters.  


Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a biochemist and small business owner. I have also been an academic advisor to entrepreneurship centers at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis. Recently, I was an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law where I taught a Biotechnology Law intersession course.  


I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego where I was an undergraduate Research Scholar. I then received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh where I was Editor-in-Chief of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy.  


Practice Areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 20%
    17 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 15%
    17 years
  3. Licensing: 15%
    17 years
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 15%
    17 years
  5. Other: 35%
  6. More 



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Torrey Pines Law Group

12636 High Bluff Drive
Suite 400
San Diego, CA, 92130


MOGood Standing, Active200101/08/2013

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who2014
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2014
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2013
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who2013
Best Lawyers in America - Biotechnology LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2012
Best Lawyers in America - Biotechnology LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2011
Philadelphia's Best LawyersAmerican Lawyer Media2011
Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
Best Lawyers in America - Biotechnology LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Best LawyerSt. Louis Magazine2010
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2010
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2009
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2008
Who's Who in TechnologySt. Louis Business Journal2007
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who2007
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2007
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who2007
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2006
40 Under FourtySt. Louis Business Journal2005
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology Law and PolicyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law1999
UCSD Research ScholarUniversity of California - San Diego1994
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderTorrey Pines Law Group2013 - Present
Associate General CounselUniversity Of Central Florida, Office Of Research & Commercialization2011 - 2013
CounselRatnerPrestia2010 - 2011
PartnerSpencer Fane Britt & Browne2008 - 2010
PresidentBiotactica, LLC2006 - 2008
Senior AssociateSonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP2002 - 2006
AssociateThompson Coburn2000 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
United States Patent and Trademark OfficePatent Attorney2000 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Crystal of a cytochrome-ligand complex and methods of useU.S. Patent 8,076,457
Polyamides for treating human papilloma virusU.S. Patent No. 7,589,171
Regulating expression of transient receptor potential channel genesU.S. Patent No. 7,964,573
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Publication NameTitleDate
Private Law FirmPatent Re-examination Guide2011
Private Law FirmIntellectual Property Survival Guide2011
Columbia Science and Technology Law ReviewAttack of the Clones... and the Issues of Clones2002
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of California - San DiegoChemistry/BiochemistryBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Pennsylvania BIO Knowledge Fair, Berwyn, PAPresenter, IP Strategy Informed by the Commercialization Process, Pennsylvania Bio Inaugural2011
Washington University School of Law Intersession Course, St. Louis, MOBiotechnology Law: From Patents to Food-Drug-Planting Approvals2010
Washington University Olin School of Business Management 424/524Entrepreneurial Investing2010
Washington University Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Speakers Series, St. Louis, MOTechnology Commercialization2009
Constitutional Law Lecture Series - Science and Commerce, St. Louis, MOWho Owns the Building Blocks of Life?2009
Global Healthcare Investing Conference, Cleveland, OHOpportunities in Emerging Geographies2008
6th Corn Utilization & Technology Conference, Kansas City, MOABCs of Commercialization2008
Global Healthcare Investing Conference, Cleveland, OHBringing Overseas Start-Ups Into the U.S.2007
Private Event, Mumbai, IndiaLeveraging the Revenue Potential of Patents Through Commercialization2006
Second Generation Ag Biotech Conference, Kansas City, MOStreamlining AgBio Regulation - Shifting Public Policy and Statutory Design for Multi-Trait and Predictably Expressed Gene Packages2005
A Practitioner's Roundtable, St. Louis, MOFull, Clear, Concise and Exact. What You Should Know About the Patent Written Description Requirement2002