Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2020 Legal Elite | Intellectual property


Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Charlotte

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Favorite music
Pink Floyd
(rock band)

48; born in Spartanburg, S.C.; bachelor’s from Muhlenberg College and law degree from University of Denver; married to wife, Tracy, with daughter, Lucy.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
Intellectual property touches almost everything in our society in one form or another. Intellectual-property laws reward creativity and protect what people and companies have worked hard to develop. It is exciting to see how individuals and businesses can turn an idea into a successful product or venture. Being able to help clients obtain and protect their intellectual-property rights is a challenging and fulfilling career.
What he’d be if not a lawyer
Before I was a lawyer, I worked as a chemist. So, I’d probably be stuck in a lab somewhere doing experiments and trying not to blow myself up!
Best advice received
Always be positive, open-minded and willing to learn.
Favorite place
Vail, Colo. You can ski every day for a week and not ski the same trail. The back bowls provide a vast expanse of terrain where you can forget all of life’s issues and just ski to your heart’s content.
Favorite book
The Stand by Stephen King. This is a great book about the struggle between good and evil mixed in with demons and other really creepy stuff.
Favorite movie
Heat. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino: How can you go wrong? Great movie about a gang of thieves and the cops who try to stop them. Action packed, but with a great plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole movie.
Skiing, motorcycles, backpacking, and pretty much anything that gets me outdoors.
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