McCarter & English LLP has elected four new partners and one special counsel in its offices in Boston and Newark, effective January 1, 2013. The new partners are Maneesh Gulati, Yu Lu and Jonathan Short, members of the Intellectual Property / Information Technology group; and Joseph E. Ruccio III, a Construction and Infrastructure group member. The new special counsel is Kevin J. Quinn, who is part of the Public Finance group.
“We are so pleased to welcome these five outstanding and talented attorneys to the partnership and our roster of special counsel,” said McCarter & English Chairman Michael P. Kelly. “These young attorneys have extraordinary skills and will contribute immensely to the future of this firm. We are confident in their continued success in their careers here at McCarter.”
Maneesh Gulati (Boston) — Mr. Gulati is a member of the Intellectual Property and Information Technology practice, where he focuses on the management and development of intellectual property portfolios, including the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of genomics, chemical, biotechnological and mechanical fields. He has managed and actively prosecuted substantial patent portfolios with applications throughout the world, including for several Fortune 100 biotechnology companies. Mr. Gulati manages and prosecutes portfolios protecting FDA-approved drug products and performs extensive freedom-to-operate analyses, patentability analyses, due diligence investigations, clearance searches, noninfringement and invalidity opinion drafting, and competitive landscape analyses for industry clients, venture groups and emerging companies. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Yu Lu, Ph.D. (Boston) — Dr. Lu is a member of the Intellectual Property and Information Technology practice, where he focuses on strategic patent portfolio development and management for biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as leading academic institutions. He has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in the chemistry, renewable energy, genetics, cell biology, immunology, RNA interference, drug delivery, stem cell, pharmaceuticals and medical device fields. Prior to starting his legal career at a global law firm as a patent agent, Dr. Lu was a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. His research has led to the publication of multiple scientific articles in journals such as Genes & Development, Nature Medicine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.
Joseph E. Ruccio III (“Jed”) (Boston) — Mr. Ruccio is a member of the Construction and Infrastructure practice. He advises clients on the preparation of contracts, implementation of best practices and dispute resolution for their construction projects. Whether involved from a project’s inception or brought in to handle a distressed project, Mr. Ruccio has the industry and legal experience to help avoid disputes or to minimize their cost and duration. Should litigation be unavoidable, he has the “first chair” trial experience necessary. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ruccio gained significant experience in the area of public procurement as chief of the Bid Protest Unit in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. He served as the chief hearing officer for all public contract disputes filed with the AG, prosecuted violations of the bidding and wage laws enforced by the AG, and served as the AG’s liaison to state agencies, municipal organizations and trade organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. He is admitted to the Bars of Massachusetts and New York. Mr. Ruccio was recognized as a Super Lawyers Massachusetts Rising Star in 2009 and 2012.
Jonathan Short (Newark) — Mr. Short practices in all areas of intellectual property law, representing clients in disputes and transactions relating to patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secrets, cyberlaw and data privacy issues. He is dedicated to providing business-minded solutions to corporate clients from startups to international market leaders, including litigation avoidance and pre-litigation counseling. He has extensive experience with patent and other litigation relating to consumer electronics products and computer technology, including flash memory products (nonvolatile computer storage). Mr. Short has litigated several transaction-based disputes, including the alleged copyright infringement of a multimillion-dollar software product. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee, and the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network. He is admitted to the Bars of New Jersey and Massachusetts, and was recognized as a Chambers USA “Associate to Watch” for 2012 and a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013.
Kevin J. Quinn (Newark) — Mr. Quinn practices in the area of public finance, serving as bond counsel for conduit and direct issuers, and counsel for underwriters, borrowers, banks and trustees. He concentrates primarily on revenue bond financings, having extensive experience with acute and subacute health care facility financings, higher education facility financings and economic development transactions. He has participated in financings through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Healthcare Facilities Financing Authority and the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, as well as financings of various municipalities, school districts and local authorities. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He is admitted to the Bars of New Jersey and New York.