Les is an Intellectual Property Attorney at Quinn IP Law, where he brings more than two decades of corporate engineering, management and in-house legal experience. In addition to his skills in patent drafting, prosecution and opinion work in a wide range of technologies, he has deep expertise in three particular areas: (1) leading brainstorming sessions with inventors to help them expand, harvest and protect their inventions; (2) complex technology-related transactions (including multi-party international JV/M&A deals); and (3) portfolio mining and monetization.
Prior to joining Quinn IP Law, Les worked at several large corporations including Ford Motor Company, Visteon Corporation, General Motors Corporation and multiple business units of GE. He understands the priorities and concerns of in-house counsels because of his own years of experience in that same type of role. He has worked on various mechanical, electromechanical, software and controls-related technologies in areas such as engines, transmissions, hybrid powertrains, fuel cells, semiconductor fabrication, circuit boards and connectors, mechatronics, chemical processes, plastics, manufacturing and assembly processes, transportation systems, medical imaging and medical devices.
Les has lived and worked in Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Illinois, and Japan, and he has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Because of his love of learning and teaching, Les has served as an Adjunct Instructor multiple times at two different colleges. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching others how to day trade, and playing guitar and bass in local garage bands.
Les received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School where he founded the school’s Intellectual Property Law Society and was a Faculty Scholar Award recipient. He is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.