Intellectual Property Expert 530099 AL

Expertise Description

A former corporate and intellectual property lawyer, I graduated Harvard Law School and later earned a Master's in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. I've spent over 20 years guiding innovation through strategic product development, and my background offers a unique understanding of the business side of creativity. Though I'm no longer an attorney, I advise on all aspects of the protection and monetization of intellectual property, from patents and trademarks to negotiating royalty and licensing agreements.

My work has been recognized with awards from The Industrial Designers Society of America, The Consumer Electronics Association, The Toy Manufacturer's Association, The Chicago Athenaeum and ID Magazine, has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, and featured in books aimed at educating design students about the profession. I'm named inventor on over 45 US design and utility patents.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

I have been engaged as expert witness on a variety of cases, involving both design patent and trade dress infringement. I’ve also enjoyed serving in a litigation support role on a number of patent and trade dress disputes, in which I helped frame legal arguments and high-level strategy in ways which guided clients to successful solutions in lieu of litigation.

As a design consultant to a wide range of markets and industries, I’m in touch with the latest developments in the profession, and keep my finger on the pulse of critical trends in consumer electronics, medical devices, transportation, IOT, toys, and a host of other product categories. I bring that foundation of understanding to my work as expert witness, and it’s proven invaluable to developing effective litigation strategies and creative legal arguments.

Designers think in such a unique way that it’s been coined “Design Thinking,” while legal analysis requires an entirely different, rigorously analytic perspective. What I enjoy most about my work as expert witness is the application of these distinct ways of approaching problems to disputes involving the protection of design; I have years of experience practicing both modes of thinking, and my value to your case is enhanced by the ability to address legal challenges from both a designer’s and a lawyer’s perspective.

I’d appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions you might have, discuss my qualifications in more detail, and review the particular issues relevant to your case.

Consulting Experience

From toys to complex medical devices, I’ve helped hundreds of clients bridge the gap between creative insight and commercial success. The focus of my work includes the design of compelling aesthetic solutions and brands, as well as the invention of novel features, functionality, and business models which allow clients to capitalize on profitable opportunities in the marketplace. My clients include LG Electronics, Swingline, Kimberly Clark, Olympus, Qualcomm, Novartis, Fisher Price, Blackberry, Dell, Intel and Hallmark.


Degree Subject Institution
J.D. Harvard Law School
M.I.D. Master of Industrial Design Pratt Institute
B.S. Economics and Political Science New York University

Awards & Affiliation

Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA), Industrial Designers Society of America
CES Innovation Award, Consumer Electronics Association
The Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum
Dr. Toy Best New Toy, Toy Manufacturer’s Association
The ID 40 Award, ID Magazine

Primary Affiliation

Industrial Designers Society of America