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Milwaukee – November 7, 2014 – The law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. (WHD) is pleased to announce that Michael J. Cronin and Melinda S. Giftos have been elected shareholders.
Cronin is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Madison office and leads WHD’s Life Sciences Team. Cronin practices in the area of intellectual property, especially patent issues relating to biotechnology, medical, pharmaceutical and chemical technology. With degrees in biology, biochemistry, and law, he brings considerable expertise and unique perspectives to the services he provides. He has 12 years’ experience working in medical and academic laboratories and biotechnology companies, and has authored multiple scientific articles and presented his work at numerous scientific meetings. Cronin received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, and his B.S. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. He is listed among Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Intellectual Property (2013-2014).
Giftos is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Madison office. She represents clients in a wide array of industries with complex intellectual property matters and focuses on helping companies build value in and protect their most important assets, including their brands, content, data, creative works and inventions. In addition to her IP work, she closely tracks developing legal issues relating to branding, social media, privacy and technology and is, therefore, readily able to advise her clients on potential risks and best practices in these areas. She is also skilled at preparing and negotiating complex technology transactions, such as open source software and software-as-a-service license agreements. Giftos received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and her B.S. from Florida State University. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors, a founding site liaison and active coach for Girls on the Run of Dane County, a positive youth development program which encourages young girls to become self-confident, involved, and healthy leaders.
“Mike and Mindi have extensive experience in the areas of law our clients need,” said WHD’s Chief Executive Paul Eberle. “Their election to shareholder formally recognizes their contributions and dedication to client success.”