Jeff has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and was a practicing engineer for almost 8 eight before receiving his law degree from Syracuse University in 1993, Magna Cum Laude.
Upon graduation, Jeff practiced at Heslin, Rothenberg, Farley and Mesiti, P.C., a 15-20 attorney IP “boutique” firm where he was exposed to all aspects of IP law including patent and trademark prosecution, related counseling, and litigation.
Motivated by his passion for creative, engineering environments and organizations, since 2000 Jeff has been a “captive” IP attorney to several small innovative companies where he handles all aspects of their IP portfolios; defends portfolios in various domestic and international proceedings; drafts, negotiates and finalizes all supply, licensing and distribution contracts; and oversees all other legal issues involving corporate operations, governance, securities, M&A, and litigation.
Jeff spent ~10 years as Chief IP and General Counsel for XOS, a developer and manufacturer of x-ray optics and instruments, in East Greenbush, NY, where he has assumed the additional responsibilities of establishing various product distribution networks and a wholly-owned foreign subsidiary of XOS, in China, and guided XOS through its acquisition by Danaher in 2011.
Each of these positions culminated in equity events in which Jeff played a leading role – as chief counsel – for the companies.
Jeff then spent over 7 years advising other Danaher subsidiaries in the above areas and more, ultimately functioning as the Associate General Counsel – Danaher Water Quality – Americas, with particular responsibilities for a North American technology portfolio of companies – in expanded areas of M&A (due diligence) global labor & employment (restructuring, disputes), business unit realignment/divestiture, large project bidding and disputes, and product liability.
Jeff is also a co-founder/advisor to high-technology companies, including equity events: telecommunications (AiDi), alternative energy (Paper Battery), solar cells (TetraSun), carbon fibers (Free Form Fibers), and advertising metric software (Dumbstruck).