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Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez

113 reviews
Johnny Manriques is a patent attorney with extensive experience in dealing with cases that involves intellectual property law and related legal matters. He has more than 14 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in California. Johnny is registered with the State Bar of California. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law. Johnny recently started his own firm, but worked with Procopio Cory for three years prior to starting his own law office.
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Gloria M. S.

Gloria M. Steinberg

207 reviews
Gloria is a well-rounded patent attorney who runs her boutique law firm Steinberg Intellectual Property Law, LLP. She has filed hundreds of patent applications relating to software, telecommunications, biotech, and consumer products. During her free time, she is active in the legal community as a member of several intellectual property law associations and managing her blog IPRookie.com.
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Irvin T.

Irvin Tyan

43 reviews
Navigating the legal world as a startup can be intimidating and overwhelming. That is why experienced attorneys like Irvin Tyan are an absolute must-have. Mr. Tyan can help your startup with a variety of issues, including intellectual property, contract drafting, portfolio analysis, and commercial litigation. He can also help with employment issues and competitive landscape analysis.
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Nicolas G.

Nicolas Gold

Nicolas Gold is a general business attorney who fundamentally focuses on intellectual property law and commercial contracts. He has more than 20 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in California. Some of the clients that Nicolas has represented includes the Jelly Belly Candy Company, Geo M Martin and Medallia. Nicolas has exceptional experience in providing legal assistance to startup companies. He has been an attorney at Gold Business & IP Law since 2014.
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Gary W.

Gary Winer

4 reviews
Gary Winer is a patent attorney with 12 years’ experience. He specializes in intellectual property law and the majority of his clients are in the technology and electronics industry. Gary obtained a Juris Doctor degree in law from the New England Law School. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Massachusetts. Gary has been a managing member at Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco PL since 2007.
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Thomas M.

Thomas Mcnamara

Thomas McNamara obtained his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He was given the Director’s Award in 1996 and 2001 by the U.S. Department of Justice. He is an expert in the fields of White Collar and Internal Investigations, Litigation and Class Actions, Securities Enforcement and Receiverships and Monitorships. Thomas is a former long-time federal prosecutor and seasoned defense attorney.
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Steven R.

Steven Rowell

2 reviews
Steven Rowell is a business lawyer with more than 14 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and received his J.D. degree in law from the Western New England University School of Law. Steven is experienced in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as in labor and employment law. He also specializes in patents, as well as trademark and copyright law. Steven served as the vice president of Ahold USA Inc from January 2013 to January 2018.
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John B.

John Burns

2 reviews
John Burns is a business attorney with 17 years of experience. He has experience in dealing with patent legal cases, as well as with commercial contracts. John has represented Bioo Scientific, Origen Biomedical and various other healthcare corporations. Apart from graduating with honors from the UC Davis School of Law, John also holds a PhD, B.S. and an M.S. John founded his own law office in 2013. Prior to this position, he gained experience while working for two large corporations.
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Brandon L.

Brandon Leavitt

4 reviews
Brandon Leavitt combines his experience as an entrepreneur and his skills as a corporate attorney to assist his clients in the best ways possible. He has more than six years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Brandon obtained his J.D. in law from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as commercial contracts. Brandon has been a managing partner at the Eldredge Law Firm since October 2014.
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Thomas L.

Thomas Love

67 reviews
Holder of seven patents, Thomas Love has a work history spanning from a partnership in a major firm (specializing in international corporate finance) to working at a number of startups, including in software, global supply chain, and online education. Today, Mr. Love represents clients worldwide and has provided his services to non-profits in theater, women’s empowerment, medical education, and more.
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