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Education

B.S.

Lafayette College

LL.M.

George Washington University

J.D.

University of Maryland Law School

Work experience

Chief Counsel Subcommittee on Health and Environment

U.S. House of Representatives Energy Committee

Solicitors Office Lead Trial Counsel

U.S. Department of the Interior

Partner

Morrision Foerster

Partner

Goodwin Procter

Skills

High Profile Litigation
High profile patent litigator with outstanding record of accomplishments. National and international reputation in life science and patent field. Skilled trial and appellate attorney before Federal and state courts. Successful track record in high stakes patent jury trials. Experienced federal trial attorney on high profile cases for U.S. Government. Knowledgeable in life science and environmental health fields. Knowledgeable in electronics hardware, software and chemical fields. Aptitude for understanding and communicating any technology.

Portfolio

Portfolio

Interest

Solar Energy, Sea Water Desalination, Climate Change

Summary

Successfully litigated some of the landmark United States cases in patent and environmental law. Best known for case against Genentech in which Genentech was accused of infringing the University of California's pioneering patents in the DNA field. The case made national and international news when it was tried to a jury in San Francisco and settled for $200 million.Won the AC Aukerman v. Chaides case en banc before the Federal Circuit, which is the seminal case on laches in the patent law field. Also won jury verdicts in hostile venues on behalf of electronic, consumer product and software companies and settled a patent infringement case the day before trial on behalf of the University of California against Monsanto for over $200 million.Prior to going into private practice, Chief Counsel for the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment in the United States House of Representatives involved in drafting major health and environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Hatch-Waxman Act. Headed up the congressional investigation of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India.

Recent Press

Global and U.S. Recognition

Recognized by Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011) (“excels in patent litigation involving biotechnology issues.”)

Recognized by Chambers USA 2011 (“admired for his patent litigation expertise, focusing mainly on matters within the life sciences arena.”)

Recognized by Chambers USA 2010 (“a leading light in life sciences-related patent litigation, although this versatile litigator also has a sterling track record in trials relating to the consumer products and high-tech sectors.”) 

The Best Lawyers in America, listed in 2011 and 2012 edition, an honor based on an exhaustive peer review process.

Listed in Super Lawyers, Northern California 2004-12 for intellectual property litigation.

Career profiled in San Jose Mercury News, Patent Battle Pending (May 12, 2002).

Career profiled in The Recorder, Dodson Goes the Distance (Aug. 9, 2000)

PLC Which Lawyer? (2011)recommended for intellectual property and life science patent litigation.