Gary is an IP Attorney and Professional Engineer with extensive experience in corporate IP and technology management. Gary brings to his legal practice both corporate management experience and applied technical expertise in the fields of chemical engineering, materials science, polymers, electrochemistry, and water and wastewater treatment/reuse. Among colleagues, Gary is known for his outstanding ability to bridge the gap between legal, technical, and business domains, providing comprehensive guidance in IP portfolio management and strategic IP and technology development for profitable growth.

Gary’s broad corporate management experience – from startup companies to large multinational corporations – enables business insights and closely aligned IP portfolio strategies to meet technology, budgetary and company growth objectives. His signature approach to IP involves patent filing and prosecution strategy, valuation and licensing strategies; risk avoidance; R&D strategy; contract review; website, product, and technical literature review; know-how and trade secret protections; and freedom-to-operate opinions.

Gary’s significant intellectual property expertise includes:

  • Management of global patent portfolios—strategy, prosecution, enforcement and risk reduction for advancement of research and business development;
  • Brand protection strategy and enforcement—trademarks, copyright, and policing;
  • Digital-based service strategies and related IP protections;
  • Licensing and monetization; and
  • Acquisition and divestiture management.

Prior to joining L&A, Gary led the IP program as Senior Director and Head of Intellectual Property at Evoqua Water Technologies (now part of Xylem Inc.) for nine years. During this time as in-house counsel, he successfully managed patent litigations, trademark disputes, and complex IP transactions, and played a key role in tripling corporate revenues with accelerating profitability. Evoqua grew within four years from a private equity financed spin-off to its initial public offering on the NYSE (“AQUA”), and ultimate merger with Xylem (“XYL”).

At Evoqua’s predecessor, USFilter, Gary’s management role of both IP and R&D encompassed the oversight of IP portfolios during an intensely active phase of approximately 250 acquisitions in the span of five years. The high-quality patents and the robust IP portfolio that Gary and his team built and managed over many years helped USFilter and Evoqua to consolidate its many diverse water treatment businesses into a unified technology-leading and sustainable product and service business.

Gary is a named inventor on more than 100 patents worldwide. His significant contributions to the field of intellectual property include numerous published papers and contributory book chapters. He also frequently gives presentations and participates on panels and webcasts on a range of IP topics. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Gary helped shape the future of IP and advocate for policies and systems that protect innovation in the U.S. and around the world.

  • IP management for corporate growth and profitability.
  • IP alignment to meet technology development and business objectives.
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
    • Current Member, U.S. Patent Law & Litigation Committee
    • Board member for over 15 years from 2000 to 2024; Audit Committee
    • Past Chair of IPO’s USPTO Patent Practice Committee (including during AIA implementation; awarded Committee of the Year)
    • Past Board Liaison to US Patent Law Committee, Search Committee, Patent Agent Committee, and §101 Task Group
    • Coordinated §101 policy with AIPLA and USPTO
  • ASTM subcommittee Chair, D19.08, Membranes and Ion Exchange
  • Pro bono trademark, copyright and licensing support for SCARS, a charitable organization based in Bermuda that has been recognized by the Governor of Bermuda
  • Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition judge and grader for over 10 years
  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, magna cum laude, IP concentration with distinction
  • University of Delaware, MS Chemical Engineering
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS Chemical Engineering
  • Sokoloff IP Award, Suffolk University Law School (2008)


Suffolk University Law School, JD

University of Delaware, MS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS

Suffolk University Law School, JD

University of Delaware, MS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS




Professional Engineer (Mass, Chem)

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