San Diego Biotech Lawyer Scott McPherson Joins Hull McGuire as Special Counsel

PITTSBURGH-SAN DIEGO-WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2010 - Scott E. McPherson, a respected San Diego biotech specialist and patent attorney, has joined Hull McGuire PC as Special Counsel, effective June 1, 2010. He will work with shareholder Julie McGuire on IP management and transactions in North America and Europe.

Scott McPherson has a B.A. in Biology from the University of California-San Diego, and an M.S.P.H. in Toxicology from the San Diego State Graduate School of Public Health. Between 1990 and 1999, he worked as a pharmacologist and toxicologist in the biotechnology industry.

In 2002, after graduating from the University of San Diego College of Law, he worked as in-house counsel for Nanogen Inc. He then spent six years with the San Diego office of DLA Piper, and the IP firm Townsend Townsend & Crew.

Scott's work for Hull McGuire clients will include (a) searches and opinions on freedom to operate, (b) opinions on invalidity, (c) management and evaluation (including due diligence), and (d) some patent prosecution.

He is also expected to assist Dan Hull with Lanham Act claims, clean water and solid waste issues in the U.S. and the European Union, and environmental law legislative projects in Washington, D.C.

"We met Scott McPherson in 2003 when we first opened up a California office--and we just kept talking to him," Hull said. "His dual training and careers in applied biotech and now IP law are unique, even in California and Washington D.C.'s biotech communities."

"Scott went from a daily regimen of applied science to one of solving legal problems for the same industry," Hull continued. "In that second career, he's served as both inside and outside counsel at very good shops. He knows how clients see and weigh IP issues."

S McPherson IP Law

Scott McPherson will continue to operate his San Diego-based firm, S McPherson IP Law, where his practice focuses on IP management, advocacy and procurement for start-up and established companies.

Hull McGuire PC

Established in 1992, Hull McGuire ( solves problems in the areas of U.S. and international corporate tax, corporate transactions (including securities), complex federal litigation, ADR, IP, employment practices, environment, energy and natural resources, SOX, SEC, and EPA criminal and civil compliance and defense, and federal legislative affairs. The firm is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has offices in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, California.


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