Christopher J. McHattie, Esq.
Chris concentrates on general corporate counseling; complex commercial and intellectual property litigation; and intellectual property counseling and prosecution. Chris draws on his experience resolving complex commercial litigations and the tactics and strategies used in those matters to achieve results that clients love. Decisions representative of the types of matters Mr. McHattie handles are set forth at The Value Group et al. v. Mendham Lake Estates et al., 800 F. Supp. 1228, 24 U.S.P.Q.2d 1531 (D.N.J. 1992); Florian Greenhouse, Inc. v. Cardinal IG Corp., 11 F. Supp. 2d 521 (D.N.J. 1998) and New York Citizens Comm. On Cable TV v. Manhattan Cable TV, Inc. 651 F. Supp. 802 (S.D.N.Y. 1986). Current “unreported” representative matters include (from achievements).
Chris served for many years as General Counsel for St. James Insurance Group, Inc. and St. Johns Insurance Company, Inc., both of Orlando, Florida. While representing St. James and St. Johns, Mr. McHattie concentrated on general corporate, insurance compliance and regulatory matters, and provided oversight for corporate legal affairs and litigation. Mr. McHattie continues to assist clients with Departments of Insurance issues and with the analysis and development of corporate policies and procedures based on regulatory and other industry changes, for example those created by the NAIC’s Own Risk Solvency Assessment (“ORSA”) and The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University and his Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School. He was Notes and Comments Editor of the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights. He is or has been an active member of The American Bar Association and numerous Bar Association committees and sections, including Sections on Government & Public Sector, Tort & Insurance, and Intellectual Property and Franchising.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey (1987) | New York (1988)
Scott L. Appelbaum
Scott L. Appelbaum has over fifteen years of experience in representing clients on intellectual property matters. He has successfully prepared and prosecuted a large number of patent applications in an array of technical fields including chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, liquid crystal display, mechanical and electromechanical inventions.
Scott has obtained hundreds of patents for a variety of clients including large Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller companies. In addition to patent prosecution experience, he also has trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation experience as well.
Scott received a B.S. in Biochemistry from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Bar Admissions: New York | United States Patent and Trademark Office
Robert S. Gregory
Robert S. Gregory, the former Chief Business Officer of Atlas Development Corporation and senior member of its management team, has recently joined the firm as of counsel. Over the course of twenty-five years, initially as outside counsel, Robert helped ATLAS (a leading provider of healthcare information technology solutions to the diagnostics industry) grow from early stage technology start-up, to the market leader in its niche, with a client base of more than 200 hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and centers of excellence throughout the country. He is particularly proud of his work as Managing Director of the company’s public health group, where he spearheaded the development of a next generation communicable disease surveillance system that remains the backbone for state and provincial governments in the US and Canada monitoring such diseases. ATLAS was acquired by Roper Technologies in 2015.
In addition to his involvement with overall corporate strategy, business development, sales and key aspects of client services, Robert was responsible for developing and managing the company’s standard contract practice, negotiating hundreds of software license agreements with clients, partners and vendors and was actively involved in numerous private and public sector RFP procurement processes. Robert regularly appeared as a speaker at industry conferences, including the Executive War College for Lab and the Lab Quality ConFab, and was the principal architect of the company’s “Coordinated Diagnostics” vision.
Robert began his career as a clerk to the Hon Roger J. Miner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, after which he was an associate in the international tax practice at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. From 1990-2001, he built a solo practice representing creative entrepreneurs in the arts, entertainment, software technology and the internet.
He holds a BA, cum laude, from Williams College and a JD, summa cum laude, from New York Law School where he was a John Ben Snow Scholar.
Bar Admission: New York (1988)
Thomas M. Lenney, Esq.
Tom has practiced law in New Jersey since 1996 in the areas of real estate, general civil litigation and business law. His practice primarily consists of representation of private sector entities that rely upon him to serve their diverse day-to- day needs, including employment issues as well as their extraordinary demands, such as buying, selling, leasing, raising capital or other financing, and crisis management.
Over the course of Tom’s career, he has worked with insurance companies and public entities in the defense of personal injury and employment claims. He also regularly appears in the Chancery Court litigating shareholder disputes and restrictive covenant cases including non-compete and solicitation claims.
Tom’s experience in the real estate field includes construction litigation, condemnation, foreclosure defense, land use, tax appeals, development and redevelopment, as well as residential closings, including short sales. Tom has assisted hundreds of homeowners in foreclosure seeking modification of their mortgage and/or other loss mitigation options for the past two years pursuant to the NJ Judiciary Foreclosure Mediation Program. He has worked directly with the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in this venture as designated defense counsel in seven counties: Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Bergen, Hunterdon, Warren, and Passaic.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey | Michigan | U.S. District Court, S. Dist. of New York
New Jersey State Bar Association
Morris County Bar Association
A. Brian Phillips, Esq.
Brian heads up our Orlando, Florida office. Brian handles White Collar, Tax Controversy, Asset Forfeiture, & Professional License Defense. Brian is a former Federal Prosecutor, former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney, and serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida in the LL.M. in Taxation program.
Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his LL.M., Taxation from the University of Florida. Brian serves on the Florida Bar as Co-Chair, as well as being a member of the following associations: Criminal Tax Procedure Committee, Federal Tax Division, Tax Section; Tennessee Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association Co-Chair, Tax Section.
Brian’s representative reported cases include:
United States v. Kowalik, 809 F.Supp. 1571 (S.D.Fla. 1992);
Boca Airport, Inc. v. United States, 838 F.Supp 576 (S.D. Fla. 1993);
Boca Airport, Inc., v. United States, 840 F.Supp. 120 (S.D.Fla. 1992);
Macks v. Clinton, 843 F.Supp. 1440 (M.D.Fla. 1993);
United Petro/Energy Corp. v. United States, 846 F.Supp. 993 (S.D.Fla. 1994);
United States v. Stoecklin 848 F.Supp. 1521 (M.D.Fla. 1994);
Kowalik v. Morris, 1993, WL, 484949, 72 A.F.T.R.2d 93-5888, 93-2 USTC P 50, 575 (S.D.Fla., Aug 23, 1993) (No. 92-7209-CIV-MARCUS);
Noel v. U.S., 12 F. Supp. 2d 1300 (M.D.Fa. 1998);
U.S. v. Johnston, 13 F. Supp. 2d 1316 (M.D.Fl. 1998);
Cragan v. Campellone, 910 So.2d 363 (Fla. 5th D.C.A. 2005);
Edward T. Byrd & Co. v. WPSC Venture I, So. 2d, WL 2493656 (Fla. 5th D.C.A. 2011);
United States v. Tobin, 676 F.3d 1264 (11th Cir. 2012)
Bar Admissions: Florida | Tennessee
Jules D. Zalon, Esq.
Jules D. Zalon is a New York and New Jersey attorney, specializing in trademark (including rights of privacy and publicity), copyright and entertainment matters. He has conducted an active nationwide litigation practice, having litigated trademark, copyright and anti-piracy cases in more than 30 states.
Jules has been practicing law for over 40 years. After graduating NYU Law School, Jules worked as a business affairs lawyer in the giant talent and literary agency now known as ICM. While there he drafted and negotiated contracts that covered the entire spectrum of the literary and entertainment fields. He subsequently established an Intellectual Property department for the Marvel Comics publishing empire, and then joined the prestigious boutique law firm of Linden & Deutsch. While there, he represented publishers (Macmillan; Houghton Mifflin; HBJ) and entertainment clients including the creators of numerous Broadway shows (“Annie”; “Bye Bye Birdie”) and producers (“Pippin”), as well as the music estate of Scott Joplin.
In 1980, Jules created the federal so-called “John Doe Seizure Order,” a procedure which for the first time enabled well--known entertainers and trademark proprietors to seize bootleg merchandise being sold by anonymous street peddlers, often at rock concerts and sports events, a procedure that revolutionized the souvenir merchandising business. This procedure formed the basis for the Trademark Counterfeiting Act of 1984.
In the ensuing years, Jules has handled litigation for Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Van Halen, Rush, U2, the Dave Matthews Band, Pee Wee Herman, Ted Nugent, Famous Amos, the Three Stooges, Michael Jackson, Dennis Rodman and a host of other celebrities.
Jules has successfully litigated against such industry behemoths as Fruit of the Loom and Amazon.
While continuing to manage his own practice, Jules has recently become “Of Counsel” to the McHattie Law Firm.
Bar Admissions: New York | New Jersey
David Korsunsky, Esq.
David works in the McHattie Law Firm’s San Francisco, California office and concentrates his work on software licensing and civil litigation. David earned his J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he focused his studies on international law and civil litigation. While in law school, David was an assistant editor of the Global Business and Development Law Journal, Co-Chair of Student Elections in Student Government, and a student leader at the Civil Practice Clinic. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science from U.C. Berkeley and worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley before enrolling in law school.
Bar Admissions: California
During his time off, David enjoys the outdoors and traveling.
Brian Buck, Esq.
Brian concentrates on counseling in all areas of intellectual property practice. Of particular interest, Brian assists clients with their goals relating to patent preparation and prosecution, patent appeals, patent evaluation and monetization, patent enforcement, and patent and trademark portfolio management.
Brian routinely draws upon the many perspectives gained from tenures with the United States government and in the corporate and law firm settings to deliver the efficient, effective, and ethical representation that clients expect and deserve. Instrumental to these results has been a focus on active listening – a skill often overlooked and underestimated.
Brian received his engineering and law degrees from Villanova University, and employs their combined skill set to offer an analytical, yet big picture approach to problem-solving and other aspects of legal representation. Brian is or has been an active member of multiple organizations dedicated to the advancement of intellectual property rights.
Bar Admissions: Illinois | New York | United States Patent and Trademark Office
Ira Stickler, Esq.
Ira Stickler’s practice focuses on various aspects of intellectual property law. His experience spans a wide range of technologies including medical devices, consumer electronics, and software, having prosecuted hundreds of patent applications over the course of his career. His clients have ranged from major medical device companies to solo inventors.
As part of his practice, Mr. Stickler has helped clients develop patent portfolios and has assisted clients in negotiating settlement and license agreements for their intellectual property. Mr. Stickler has experience providing clients with patentability, patent infringement and freedom to operate opinions. As such, Mr. Stickler has assisted clients in the development of their patent portfolios while ensuring that they do not infringe on patent rights of others.
Mr. Stickler holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a minor in Mathematics.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey | New York | District of Columbia | United States Patent and Trademark Office
Jonathan Tyler, Esq.
Jonathan Tyler has over fifteen years of experience in representing clients on intellectual property matters. He has successfully prepared and prosecuted a large number of patent applications in an array of technical areas including computer software, electrical, and mechanical technologies. He specializes in electrical and computer-related areas such as computer software, wireless networks, optical networks, data storage, signal processing, electromechanical devices, mechanical devices, and medical devices.
Jonathan has obtained hundreds of patents for a variety of clients including large technology companies as well as smaller companies and technology startups. He is adept both at working with inventors to analyze the particulars of an invention and at working with company executives and in-house counsel to manage and build a patent portfolio.
Jonathan received a B.A. in Physics from Dartmouth College, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Bar Admissions: New York | United States Patent and Trademark Office