Gov. Paterson Appoints Gibbons Director To Sustainability Advisory Council

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 01:00

New York Governor David Paterson has appointed Eileen D. Millett, a New York Director in the Real Property & Environmental Department of Gibbons P.C., to serve on the state's Sustainability and Green Procurement Advisory Council, created by Executive Order 4.

The Council advises an interagency committee made up of state agencies, public authorities, and public benefit corporations on how to green their procurements and how to implement sustainability initiatives. This committee is charged with identifying an annual list of categories and products for which specifications can be developed and issued for greener procurement, attaining specific goals for reductions in solid waste, and developing and creating procurement guidelines and performance measures.

The Council will benefit from Ms. Millett's strong leadership and vision, drawing on her three-year tenure in solid and hazardous waste enforcement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's central office in Albany. Her exceptional experience also includes work with the Environmental Law Institute and the role of policy advisor to President-elect Obama's Energy and Environment Team.

Joining Gibbons as directors in the Intellectual Property Department in New York are Nancy J. Mertzel, most recently of Thelen LLP, and Frank A. Bruno, from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP. Joining the firm's Construction Law Team as a director in Newark is Robert J. MacPherson, formerly of Thelen LLP.

Nancy J. Mertzel brings in-depth, diverse experience in intellectual property, technology, and entertainment matters. In litigation, arbitrations, and mediations, she addresses issues involving trademark and trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, dilution, misappropriation of trade secrets, cybersquatting, and "failed systems."

Robert J. MacPherson focuses his practice on drafting and negotiating all manner of contracts relating to construction projects and the resolution of construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation in federal and state courts.

Frank A. Bruno, a registered patent attorney, has extensive experience in all pretrial phases of patent litigation before federal courts and the International Trade Commission for U.S. and foreign-based clients.