Preti Flaherty Expands IP Group in Boston: WSGL Attorneys Join Firm’s Boston Office

January 17, 2013 — Boston, MA — On January 1, 2013, several attorneys, formerly of Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici (WSGL), a Boston intellectual property law firm, joined Preti Flaherty, a regional New England law firm with offices in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Washington, DC and New Jersey. The intellectual property attorneys include:

Stanley M. Schurgin was previously the Managing Partner of WSGL and currently practices as a Director with Preti Flaherty. He serves as Chair of Preti's Intellectual Property Practice Group and brings over forty years of practice, with experience in evaluating intellectual property as part of start-up, acquisition and financing ventures, to the firm. Stan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University (1959) and obtained his law degree, cum laude, from the New England School of Law (1964), where he was an Adjunct Professor of patent law for ten years.  

Victor B. Lebovici was previously a Senior Partner with WSGL and currently practices as a Director with Preti Flaherty. Vic represents companies of all sizes before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in patent and trademark matters, primarily in the fields of networking, computer systems, electronic devices and systems, computer software, mechanical and electro-mechanical devices. Vic graduated from Cornell University in 1970 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and received a Master of Engineering degree (Electrical) from Cornell University in 1971. In 1975 he received an M.B.A. degree from Northeastern University and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Suffolk University in 1980.

Gordon R. Moriarty was previously a Senior Partner with WSGL and currently practices as a Director with Preti Flaherty. Gordon develops and coordinates larger patent portfolios for corporate and institutional clients. In managing his clients' intellectual property assets, Gordon provides guidance in the prosecution and licensing of patents and trademarks. Gordon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in communications theory and optics, from Northwestern University in 1982. He continued his engineering education at Loyola University Maryland and he later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1993.

The WSGL attorneys bring vast technical and legal expertise to Preti Flaherty and a client base that ranges from large multinational corporations to universities to venture-backed start-ups.  According to Preti Flaherty's Managing Partner, Jonathan Piper, "Joining forces with the WSGL attorneys gives our clients direct access to their deep experience in patent and trademark prosecution, copyrights and all other aspects of IP law. This expands our IP capabilities further into technical fields such as engineering, software development and biotechnology and greatly expand our patent litigation capabilities."

Stan Schurgin, former Managing Partner of WSGL, said, "Our clients will continue to get the same high-quality IP legal services we've provided for decades, with the added advantage of access to the many different practice areas of a larger firm. Preti Flaherty's experience in Litigation, Environmental, Energy, Corporate and Employment law will be a great benefit to our clients. We are excited about this opportunity for both ourselves and our clients."

Preti Flaherty was previously located at Exchange Place, 53 State Street in Boston. Preti's existing team of Boston attorneys and staff and their Preti Minahan affiliate consolidated operations at WSGL's Boston office at Ten Post Office Square on December 14, 2012. 

About Preti Flaherty

Preti Flaherty has offices in Portland and Augusta, ME, Concord, NH, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Bedminster, NJ and Salem, MA.  With more than 100 attorneys, the firm counsels clients in the areas of business law, energy, environmental, estate planning, government affairs, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, technology and telecommunications.