Kegler Brown Expands IP Capabilities with Addition of Experienced Patent Team

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter is pleased to announce that its nationally recognized intellectual property practice, which has traditionally focused on trademark, licensing and trade secrets, has been strengthened by the addition of three patent lawyers and a patent paralegal.

Arland “Art” Stein, who formerly served as a co-chair of the IP practice at the law firm of Hahn, Loeser & Parks, joins Kegler Brown as a director. Former Hahn Loeser patent lawyers Lorraine Hernández and Brian Finch have also joined Kegler Brown as associates, along with Deborah Lewis, paralegal.

The addition of this experienced patent team bolsters Kegler Brown’s IP practice and allows the firm to offer sophisticated patent work to its national client base.

“We are very excited to have them join our team,” said Chris Weber, Kegler Brown’s managing director. “Art, Lorraine and Brian bring tremendous energy, experience, diverse technical training, and a demonstrated commitment to responsive client service that is consistent with our firm’s culture.”

Rob Schuler, chair of Kegler Brown’s IP practice, also remarked, “Not only is their collective patent counseling and litigation experience impressive, but their individual backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, physics and business broadens our ability to address the wide variety of needs our clients have and add an important dynamic to our growing IP team.”

About the Team

Art Stein has more than 40 years of experience practicing in IP and litigation, having tried numerous complex patent infringement cases and serving as appellate counsel before the Federal Circuit. He has both prosecuted hundreds of patents and trademarks, and negotiated license agreements around the world. Stein earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University.

Lorraine Hernández is a registered patent attorney, primarily practicing in the areas of patent prosecution and litigation of domestic and international intellectual property. She has a noteworthy background in chemistry, having worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an analytical chemist in the areas of quality control and research and development. Her career also includes tenures at Chemical Abstracts Service and Battelle Memorial Institute. Hernández earned a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law after graduating from The Ohio State University with an M.S. in Chemistry. She also earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico.

Brian Finch has experience in both the prosecution of patent applications and in litigating patent infringement disputes. Founding and operating a successful family business sparked his interest in intellectual property law. Brian now focuses his practice on assisting other businesses to manage their patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secret matters. He earned a J.D. from Capital University Law School, and both a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Deborah Lewis provides support in all areas of patent and trademark law and IP litigation. Her experience includes patent and trademark prosecution, post registration filings, preparation, upload and filing of trademark and patent applications, schedule and docket maintenance, and researching and assisting with filing inter partes review. She is a graduate of Blackstone Career Institute’s paralegal program.