Merchant & Gould Expands Its Team; Nine Join Firm

November 03, 2008

Intellectual Property Law Firm Reports Rapid Increase In Client Base, New Personnel

Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, announced that it has added eight new attorneys and one technical advisor for positions in its Minneapolis, Denver, Atlanta, Washington DC and Seattle offices. The new attorneys bring a wealth of experience to the firm, including mechanical and software design engineering, chemistry, biochemistry and biology. The firm has also reported that it has added more than 450 new clients to its roster since January and it expects that number to continue to grow through December.

"One of the benefits to our business is that recessions do not halt innovation. As long as businesses and individuals alike continue to create and execute new ideas, our attorneys have the opportunity to protect and defend their IP portfolios," said Randy King, managing director, Merchant & Gould. "The new additions to our Minneapolis office will further augment the sophisticated experience and superior service that our clients expect."

Caroline G. Burd
Caroline G. Burd joins the Atlanta office as a technical advisor. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Miami and Ph.D. in organic and polymer chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Burd is currently a visiting professor at Oxford College of Emory University and recently was a technical advisor with the Pabst Patent Group, LLP.

Ryan J. Fletcher, Ph.D.
Ryan J. Fletcher, Ph.D. joins the Denver office as an associate. Mr. Fletcher is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturn College of Law and received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver. He also conducted graduate research at UCHSC from 1999-2005. Mr. Fletcher received his B.S. in biochemistry from the State University of New York.

Brian Haslam
Brian Haslam joins the Seattle office as a patent agent. He received his J.D. from Seattle University and was most recently an extern with Judge Zilly of the United States District Court. Mr. Haslam was also a patent agent within the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department at Microsoft Corporation where he also held various software design engineer positions. He holds a Masters of Software Engineering from Seattle University, a Masters of Science and Engineering from Princeton, and B.S. in engineering from the University of London.

Rachel C. Hughey
Rachel Hughey rejoins the Minneapolis office as an associate. Ms. Hughey was previously a law clerk for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota Law School. She was named one of 25 "2008 Up & Coming Attorneys" by Minnesota Lawyer. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson joins the Minneapolis office as an associate. He received his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. Prior to receiving his J.D., Mr. Johnson was a mechanical engineer with Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc. and Wold Architects and Engineers in St. Paul. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Tulsa and participated in the General Engineering Studies and Cooperative Education Program at Oklahoma State University.

Laura M. Konkel
Laura M. Konkel joins the Minneapolis office as an associate. She received her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and also holds a Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute. Ms. Konkel was also a law clerk with Arnold &Porter, LLLP in Washington D.C. and earned her B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota.

Kathleen E. Ott
Kathleen E. Ott joins the Denver office as an associate. Ms. Ott received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She received the Scholastic Excellence Award in both Lawyering Process I and Property. She received her B.A. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado.

W. David Wallace
W. David Wallace joins the Washington DC as a partner and his practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, organic and inorganic chemistry, polymers, foods, medical devices and biotechnologies. He holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, a M.S. in natural science from State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.S. in chemistry from Cornell University.

Wade A. Whisenant
Wade A. Whisenant joins the Minneapolis office as an associate. Mr. Whisenant received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota and was a member of its International Moot Court and was a student attorney, and director, at its Consumer Protection Clinic. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University.