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Eric is known for his extensive experience in energy and environmental matters, particularly the regulation of utilities at both the state and federal levels. He helps clients with regulatory filings and issues before state public utility commissions, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) audits and investigations, and electric transmission and Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) policy matters.
Matt is an experienced real estate practitioner who advises clients on a wide array of real estate and development matters. Matt is adept at handling large-scale, politically sensitive development projects, including those involving public-private partnerships. He has extensive experience with structuring complex ownership, leasing, and financing structures for a variety of single and multi-use commercial projects.
Anne provides counseling and representation to employers with respect to a full spectrum of legal issues that arise out of the employment relationship. Anne focuses her practice on defense of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, retaliation, employee leave, and breach of contract claims.
Bill provides strategic patent counsel to clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device areas. With a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical research, he brings a wealth of scientific expertise to his patent prosecution, counseling, and opinion practice.
Eliana prepares patent documents for submission to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization on behalf of a diverse group of clients.
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Jacob applies a strong background in mechanical engineering to assist in the prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications. He has prepared applications for a variety of mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, including underground and surface mining machinesm, power tools, manufacturing processes, solar panel mounting systems, theater equipment, agricultural machinery, commercial printing and binding equipment, roller bearings, and commercial refrigeration systems.
Al works with manufacturers that are developing products such as vacuum cleaners, power tools, heat exchangers, and air purifiers. These clients rely on Al for his quick work and novel approach in managing cost-effective patent portfolios and prosecuting patent applications, both internationally and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Jeff provides strategic counseling to clients regarding their patents. With a scientific background and Ph.D. in Chemistry, he is experienced in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and molecular diagnostic arts; material sciences; medical device field; and other related areas.
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