Chairman, Intellectual Property Group, Bond, Schoeneck& King, PLLC
Years in current role:18
What do you enjoy most about practicing intellectual property law?
I have been active in the intellectual property field for 30 years. Over that time I have witnessed significant changes in the laws and in the ever-increasing importance of intellectual property as an economic driver. One aspect of intellectual property law that was always enjoyable is that the subject matter with which we work is, by its very nature, always unique, new and changing. It therefore does not become mundane; never a dull moment! I also have taught Internet Law at Syracuse University College of Law for well over 20 years and that area, peripherally related to intellectual property law, and that too has much the same ever-changing qualities that make it challenging and interesting.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
The changes to the workplace that occurred so suddenly. Remote work is not anything particularly new, but on the scale and immediacy with which the pandemic brought it about has raised some challenges primarily in terms of interaction.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
I would say the changes in the workplace mentioned above will lead to more fluidity in terms of the legal marketplace. There will likely be more movement amongst younger lawyers and staff due to the proven abilities to work efficiently and effectively remotely, thereby creating opportunities and a bit of chaos in the legal market.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I am the Chair of the Board of the Museum of Science and Technology Foundation in Syracuse. I enjoy supporting STEM education for children which is a focal point of the museum’s mission.
I also serve on the Board of the Onondaga Historical Association, which is an interesting organization that has a local history museum, among many other historical education components to its mission.
I also serve of the Board of the YMCA. As a former college soccer player and life-long fitness participant, the Y’s focus on health and supporting children is well worth supporting.
In the past I have chaired the board of the Make A Wish Foundation, which is also a terrific organization.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
Travel without restrictions; hopefully a return to the “old normal” in terms of community.