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YOCEL ALONSO, B.A., University of Houston, University of Salamanca, Spain; J.D., University of Houston.

Mr. Alonso is the former chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and has served in similar capacities for the Houston Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section. He represents clients in the entertainment business, including recording artists, record companies, publishers, radio and television personalities, and promotion companies.

DAVID BENDER, SENIOR PRIVACY COUNSEL, DLA PIPER RUDNICK GRAY CARY Sc.B. (Applied Mathematics), Brown University; LL.B., University of Pennsylvania; LL.M. (Patent Law), S.J.D. (Computer Law), George Washington University

Mr. Bender, who specializes in privacy and data protection, information technology law, and intellectual property law, recently retired from White & Case LLP, where he was chair of that firm’s global Privacy practice.


B.A., Rice University; J.D., Yale Law School

Ms. Bolin specializes in intellectual property litigation. Ms. Bolin clerked for Judge Lee H. Rosenthal in the Southern District of Texas for the 2006-2007 term. At Yale, Ms. Bolin was president of the Law & Technology Society and received a grant from Microsoft for her work with the Information Society Project.

RONALD L. CHICHESTER, RONALD CHICHESTER, P.C. B.S., M.S., University of Michigan; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Chichester, a 15-year patent attorney, services his own clients and consults for other law firms on technology related matters.

RUSSELL CHORUSH, HEIM PAYNE + CHORUSH LLP B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Chorush specializes in patent infringement and antitrust cases in the high technology arena. Since graduating valedictorian of his law school class and receiving the top score on the Texas bar examination, he has represented various clients in litigation in fields ranging from electronics to pharmaceuticals.

RICARDO COLMENTER, WEATHERFORD INTERNATIONAL, INC. J.D., UCAB Caracas Venezuela; LL.M. (Intellectual Property & Information Law), University of Houston Law Center; LL.M. (Intellectual Property and Human Rights), Raoul Wallemberg Institute, Lund University


Mr. Colmenter’s practice centers on transactional law, which involves structuring hardware and software acquisition, licensing and negotiating international services and technology consulting agreements and oilfield services contracts. He represented Venezuela in the Andean Community Meetings and the Free Trade Area of the Americas, and took the lead role in negotiating legal requirements regarding the establishment and enforcement of industrial property for members of the Andean Community (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia).


B.A., Providence College; J.D., Fordham University School of Law

Mr. Devlin, formerly senior counsel with Exxon Mobil Corporation, practices in the areas of antitrust, franchise, advertising and promotions, government investigations, environmental law,corporate law, legislation, alternative fuels, and general commercial law.

JEFF C. DODD, ANDREWS KURTH LLP B.A., University of Houston; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Dodd’s practice centers on transactional information law, which involves developing e-commerce strategies, structuring hardware and software acquisition licensing, negotiating distribution agreements, and registering and enforcing intellectual property rights.

VALERIE K. FRIEDRICH, BAKER & MCKENZIE LLP B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Friedrich practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on client counseling, including formal opinions on issues of patent infringement and validity, multinational patent portfolio management and technology licensing.

DAVID HRICIK, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MERCER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW B.A., University of Arizona; J.D., Northwestern University Law School

Professor Hricik, a nationally known expert on intellectual property in relation to professional responsibility, occasionally teaches a Professional Responsibility course in the Law Center’s summer session.


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Ms. Israel specializes in intellectual property law, with an emphasis in litigation, opinion work, and client counseling. She has extensive experience in licensing and in patent and trademark prosecution.

PAUL KRIEGER, MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP B.S., University of Pittsburgh; LL.B., University of Maryland; LL.M., George Washington University

Mr. Krieger is a leading practitioner and author in the fields of trademark law, unfair competition law, and trade secret law. He has served as an adjunct professor at UHLC for more than two decades.

TERRIL G. LEWIS, WONG, CABELLO, LUTSCH, RUTHERFORD & BRUCCULERI, L.L.P. B.S.E.E., University of Notre Dame; M.E.E., Rice University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; LL.M., George Washington University

Mr. Lewis’s practice is devoted primarily to patent litigation, patent prosecution, and intellectual property counseling.

JOHN NORRIS, HOWREY LLP B.Ch.E., University of Arkansas; J.D., George Washington University

Mr. Norris’s practice is in the area of patent, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition matters, concentrating on patent litigation involving a wide range of technologies, especially those related to chemical and petrochemical technologies. His practice includes counseling clients on intellectual property enforcement matters, defensive and litigation strategy, licensing, and settlement negotiations.

HOLLY K. TOWLE, K&L GATES A.B., Whitman College; J.D., University of Washington School of Law

Ms. Towle’s practice focuses on privacy and data security, commercial law as impacted by use of electronic media and information assets, payment systems, intellectual property such as software, and information and database issues

JEREMY WELCH, SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORP. B.A., Rice University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Welch has represented clients in a variety of technologies, including recordable optical discs, inkjet printing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas (gas-to-liquids, downhole tools, drilling equipment, drilling mud filtration, formation mapping), fuel cells, hot melt and pressure sensitive adhesives, medical devices, microporous polymer films, conventional polymer films, lithium ion batteries, database management software, and synthetic lubricants.


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