Snell & Wilmer Announce Promotions Including 2 Intellectual Property Attorneys

By Press Releases
January 18, 2018

PHOENIX (January, 2018) – Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce six attorneys have been elected to join the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2018. In addition, five attorneys were elected to counsel. Among those are new IP Partner Jeffrey Morton, and new IP Counsel Andrew Flior.

Jeffrey Morton New IP Partner

Jeffrey Morton is a 2007 graduate of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. He also received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis. Jeff has been a member of the firm’s intellectual property group in Phoenix since 2016 where he has been an active mentor to other associates. Jeff practices in both Arizona and California and is also admitted to practice in British Columbia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.  His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, with particular expertise in the life sciences industry. Jeff has significant patent prosecution experience in a wide-range of technologies including immunotherapeutics for treating diabetes and cancer, genetic sequencing methods and related devices, and agricultural products such as transgenic seeds.

Jeff also has an active transactional practice and has represented clients in numerous intellectual property-related transactions. He is regularly called upon to give timely and cost-effective advice when clients are commercializing their intellectual property assets. His experience covers a wide range of industries includes preparing and negotiating patent license agreements and sponsored research agreements, and advising on intellectual property issues in asset sale and merger transactions. In the community, Jeff is a volunteer baseball coach for i9 Sports and an ambassador for the TGen Foundation.

Andrew Flior New IP Counsel

Andrew Flior is a 2009 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago. Andrew was a summer associate with Snell & Wilmer in 2008, and after interning at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, joined the Orange County intellectual property practice group.  His practice is concentrated in intellectual property protection and litigation. He has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of industries, including financial services and technologies, medical devices, software and business products, and mechanical devices. In addition, Andrew has experience in preparing and prosecuting trademarks, performing due diligence work related to the possible purchase of patents, preparing infringement and validity opinions, and has counseled clients on patent strategies and how to best maximize a patent portfolio budget. He has litigation experience in patent and trademark matters at the U.S. District Court level, and in patent matters before the International Trade Commission.

About Snell & Wilmer

Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.swlaw.com.

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