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Since 1984 I have been a biomedical researcher. I was drawn to a new field "Bioinformatics" - which uses computers to answer biological questions. My work in this field, especially in the area of the Human Genome Project, is known within the scientific communities. I have worked both in academic and private research organizations - including my work as a scientific founder of a Biotech company.
In 2005 I decided it was time for "Life 2.0" and spent the next four years earning a law degree by taking classes three nights a week for four years. I did this while continuing my full-time job as a researcher. In 2009 I was awarded my law degree, magna cum laude, and passed the North Carolina Bar a few months later.
I was driven to learning the law by two factors. First, by looking at the field of genetics, at present time, it was clear to me that there would be many areas where laws will be passed and legal precedents will be set. I am concerned with issues such as patient rights, patentability of genes, and genetic discrimination (just to name a few).
Second, my research did not put me in a position where I felt I could directly help specific individuals. It was my goal upon passing the NC Bar Exam to work with people in the community to provide legal solutions to challenges they may face.
Thus, my practice is split into two broad areas.
The first I call "Entrepreneurial & Biotech Law."
This is where I work with scientists, venture capitalists and bankers, universities, and other organizations to provide counsel on legal issues. This might include legal work regarding intellectual property, patents, protecting patient rights, etc.
The second broad area is "General Practice."
This is where I use my skills and knowledge to help people with legal problems. I take a traditional "country lawyer" approach to my practice. I am there for my clients and will even travel to their homes of businesses to help them. Though I call this area "General Practice," I do not practice in ALL legal areas; the areas in which I do practice can be seen here or at my website (www.ajclegal.com).
Hourly ($55-425/hour), contingent (20-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)
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Mr. Cuticcia is knowledgeable and makes positive contributions to the legal community. I would recommend him to those in need of legal assistance in the patent area. His non-legal expertise in medicine and genetics allow him to understand the necessity and value of patents.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Law Review Staff||NCCU||2008|
|caBIG Outstanding Achievement Award||National Cancer Institute||2007|
|Law Review Staff||NCCU||2007|
|GSA Travel Award||Genetics Society of America||1989|
|UMBC Distinguished Scholar||UMBC||1987|
|Outstanding Graduate in Biological Sciences||UMBC||1987|
|Maryland Distinguished Scholar||State of Maryland||1984|
|Oratorical Scholarship||American Legion||1984|
|Adjunct Full Professor||North Carolina Central School of Law||2011 - Present|
|Attorney & Registered Patent Attorney||AJC Legal Services||2010 - Present|
|Duke Bioinformatics Scholar||Duke University School of Medicine||2006 - 2010|
|Director, Computational Biology||MITRE/Mitretek||2005 - 2006|
|Director, Bioinformatics||Research Triangle Institute||2002 - 2006|
|Associate Professor||University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine||1998 - 2002|
|Director, Bioinformatics||Hospital for Sick Children||1997 - 2001|
|Director, Genomics and Information Tech.||ChemGenics Pharmaceuticals||1996 - 1997|
|Assistant Professor||Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine||1992 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Raleigh Chamber of Commerce||N/A||2013 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|NC Tenth Judicial Bar||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Wake Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers||N/A||2011 - 2013|
|National Counsel of Lawyers & Scientists||Member||2009 - 2013|
|NCCU Law Review||Staff||2007 - 2009|
|NCCU Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review||Managing Editor (year 2) Staff (year 1)||2006 - 2009|
|State of N.C. v. Grimsley||Declined to Reinstate|
|State of N.C. v. Harris||Dismissal of one charge, plea to other|
|State of N.C. v. Jones||Dismissal|
|See all legal cases|
|American Bas Association Press||Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues For Computational Biology in the Post-Genome World||2013|
|American Bar Association Press||eBook: Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues For Computational Biology in the Post-Genome World||2013|
|Book and eBook (Amazon.com)||The Letter: A Satirical Look at Becoming a Lawyer||2012|
|American Bar Association publication||Genetics: A Handbook for Lawyers||2010|
|US-China Law Review||Death With Dignity Revisited: Gonzales v. Oregon||2009|
|NCCU Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Law Review||Dissecting the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act of 2007||2009|
|The Open Ethics Journal||Existing Ethical Principles and their Application to Personal Medicine||2008|
|Open Law Journal||The Legal Treatment of the Parental Rights and Obligations of Sperm Donors||2008|
|North Carolina Central University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|University of Georgia||Genetics||PhD - Doctorate||1992|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)||Biological Sciences||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Law School Course||Genetics and the Law||2012|
|Law School Course||Genetics and the Law||2011|
|CHI Biomarker Summit||Bioinformatics of Biomarkers||2008|
|NCCU Conference on Pharmaceutical Law||Law and Ethics in Biomedicine||2005|
|NC Biotechnology Investment Expo||Genetic and Genomic Databases||2004|