My professional background
I am, and have been since 2004, an intellectual property and business law attorney; I've been a patent attorney since passing the patent bar in November 2004 and being admitted to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office in 2005. My solo practice is located in Clifton Park, NY and I serve the entire Capital District as well as clients as far away as California and Nevada.
However, the law is my third career. Before law school, I earned my Master's degree in technical writing from RPI and spent 20+ years as a technical documentation specialist in the computer industry. I'll date myself: I wrote one of the early DOS manuals. I owned and operated, off and on, my own technical writing and editing firm for about 10 of those 20+ years.
Before I went for my Master's, I was a lab tech in a virology lab. Yes, I was a biology major in college. That's actually what made me eligible to sit for the patent bar in 2004, so the circle is complete in an odd sort of way.
How to work with me
What I can offer
I love helping people figure out how to meet their challenges. I'm certainly qualified to help you figure out which business structure best meets your needs, help you decipher a contract, help you figure out if a franchise is right for you, help you decide whether a particular type of deal is right for you, and help you navigate the complex terrain created by intellectual property concerns. Note that legal advice in these areas is NOT part of the mentor/mentee relationship; this is helping you figure out how to proceed, not providing legal services. Thus, if you start asking me legal questions, my response will be "That's a question for your attorney."