Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. opened an office in Boulder, Colorado on May 7. The location complements Leydig’s offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area, and Frankfurt, Germany, and allows it to better serve clients’ interests in a rapidly growing technology hub.
Leydig members Stephen Barone and Gary Chapman; counsel Sally Sullivan, Mary Breen Smith, and Michael Curtis; associate Neal Vickery; and scientific advisor Boris Chernomordik work in Boulder.
“We could not be more excited about welcoming Steve, Gary, Sally, and the entire Boulder team to the firm,” says Leydig President John Kilyk, Jr. “They are an exceptional group of intellectual property lawyers with deep roots in the area. Their talents and shared commitment to exceptional representation and service make them a perfect fit for Leydig and our clients. With our Boulder location, Leydig now has offices to serve clients in each of the continental U.S. time zones, in addition to our presence in Europe.”
Barone, Chapman, and Sullivan focus on intellectual property strategy, technology commercialization, patent prosecution, and portfolio management.
Barone, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, believes the new Leydig office brings powerful synergies for Boulder and Denver-area clients.
“Our chemistry and chemical engineering practice complements the strong interdisciplinary teams at Leydig,” Barone says. “The combination is strategically positioned toward diverse industries, including pharma, medical devices, green tech, and chemical manufacturing, all of which are seeing growth nationally and in the Boulder/Denver area.”
Colorado is home to an estimated 11,000 technology companies, and Boulder ranked No. 1 in Bloomberg’s 2017 Brain Concentration Index, a national analysis that measures business growth and the concentration of workers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
Barone says that Boulder’s growth and its institutional strengths make it a natural home for Leydig.
“Boulder makes a great beachhead for Leydig in the emerging technology space, given the strong university and government lab presence and uniquely pioneering incubator and accelerator ecosystem we have here,” he says.
Chapman, who earned a Ph.D. in biophysics, has vast experience with complex technologies that arise from the intersection of life sciences, physics, and chemistry. He says the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of emerging technologies makes it crucial that lawyers from different fields work together.
“Being able to leverage Leydig’s deep bench of diverse talent and bring it to Boulder offers a wonderful opportunity to provide better value and service to our clients,” he says.
Holding a Ph.D. in chemistry, Sullivan uses her extensive background in the field to serve pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. She and her Boulder colleagues are enthusiastic about joining a firm that not only has Leydig’s depth of experience, but also shares their philosophy.
“We all think the same way in terms of high-quality work, exceptional technical proficiency, and a commitment to client service,” Sullivan says.
Smith is a patent attorney whose technical focus includes small molecule pharmaceuticals, biological therapeutics, food technology, high-tech materials, clean technology, polymers, and therapeutic and diagnostic methods.
Curtis is a patent attorney whose practice includes a wide range of diversified technologies, such as biochemical compounds, scientific instrumentation, pharmaceuticals, plant patent applications, and medical devices.
Vickery is a patent attorney whose technical background includes chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, petroleum exploration, and materials science.
Chernomordik, Ph.D., focuses on chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, and nanotechnology, and has written 18 scientific manuscripts in his areas of expertise.