Leech Tishman adds five IP attorneys to complement West Coast team

To support the growth of its intellectual property practice, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl has added five attorneys, increasing the firm’s expertise in a variety of industries, including medical, chemical, material, industrial, environmental, financial, software and robotics.

“Our West Coast team has attracted national and international clients,” said Pete Fuscaldo, Leech Tishman’s managing partner. “To meet their needs and to establish a complementary capability on the East Coast, we’re adding five IP attorneys in Pittsburgh with significant experience to serve clients across the country who are at the forefront of technical innovation.”

Joining Leech Tishman as partners are:

Michael D. Lazzara regularly handles matters including preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright applications, portfolio development, patentability opinions, patent infringement and validity studies, trademark clearance opinions, and general intellectual property counseling. He has also handled intellectual property due diligence for corporate transactions and has experience preparing license agreements, nondisclosure agreements, joint development agreements, and other intellectual property related agreements. Mike’s experience also includes providing clients with intellectual property litigation support and patent claim construction analysis.

Alicia M. Passerin has a doctorate from theUniversity of Pittsburgh Department of Neuroscience, where her training was in the field of Neurobiology with subspecialty training in the fields of Neuroanatomy, Cardiovascular Physiology, and Immunology.  Alicia’s multi-disciplinary background provides her with the ability to counsel clients in the life sciences and in the biotechnical, mechanical, chemical, and software engineering fields.

Alan G. Towner began his career as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has experience in the aerospace, chemical, material, mechanical, data storage and e-commerce industries.  He regularly handles matters including preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright applications, patentability opinions, patent infringement and validity studies, trademark clearance opinions, patent reexamination proceedings, Internet domain name disputes, patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation, and general intellectual property counseling.

Joining as associates are:

Christopher J. Owens  whose experience includes mechanical tooling design, medical devices, environmental remediation systems, industrial materials, metal alloys and composites, regularly handles matters including patent searches, preparation and prosecution of U.S. patent applications, preparation and prosecution of U.S. trademark applications, oppositions of U.S. trademark applications and instructing foreign associates regarding patent prosecution.


Charles M. Yeomans
 has experience in the chemical, material and medical device areas, previously working for a specialty chemicals manufacturer where he conducted complex laboratory synthesis and focused on process improvements for new technologies. He regularly handles matters including patent and trademark searches, preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign trademark applications, and patent infringement analysis.

“Patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets are assets that can be worth many times their costs,” Fuscaldo said. “We have the skills and experience to help clients nationwide protect their innovations and generate optimal returns.”

About Leech Tishman

Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Wilmington, Del., and Sarasota, Fla.

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