Merchant & Gould Announces Three New Partners in IP Law

January 5, 2015

Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced that attorneys Ben Tramm of Minneapolis and John Winemiller of Knoxville were named Equity Partners and Aaron Johnson of Minneapolis was named an Income Partner, effective January 1, 2015.

Tramm, a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, concentrates his practice in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and litigation. He also frequently works with lawyers around the world to secure international patent rights. Tramm’s background is in electrical engineering and physics. Before practicing law, he worked for Medtronic, Inc. as an electrical and software design engineer.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Tennessee Law Review, Winemiller is a member of Merchant & Gould's litigation team. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in music history and theory from the University of Chicago, where he taught before joining the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he was managing editor of its law review. His legal practice focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent infringement actions, as well as copyright, trademark, trade secret, rights of publicity, and unfair competition. His master’s degree in chemistry and technical background in synthetic organic chemistry informs his work with clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and in particular, those involved in ANDA litigation.

“Ben, John, and Aaron have proved themselves to be excellent attorneys, and we are pleased to call them “partner” at Merchant & Gould,” said Brian Batzil, Managing Director and CEO of Merchant & Gould. “They provide stellar service to their clients, as I am sure they will for years to come”