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Rasheed McWilliams

Chair Litigation Practice Group
Rasheed McWilliams

As a child I wanted to be a research scientist or medical professional when I grew up. Based on these interests, I have always had a passion for science and invention. I was the child with terrariums set up containing reptiles and amphibians, as well as the junior chemistry sets performing experiments. Whether it was the study of mammalian biology or the wonders of physical science, I was an unashamed science geek.

This passion ultimately led me to majoring in Chemistry at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude with Chemistry Department High Honors in 1999. While in undergraduate, I was a NASA Project S.P.A.C.E. Scholar and NIMH-COR Research Fellow. As part of the NASA program, I interned at NASA Langley Research Center, where I worked in a LIDAR research laboratory. During this internship, I was credited with doing the analysis of the underlying data for NASA Technical Paper No. 3661 titled Angular Alignment Testing of Laser Mirror Mounts Under Temperature Cycling. The time spent at NASA Langley introduced me to invention disclosures and the innovative process as it relates to research organizations. My next NASA internship was at NASA Kennedy Space Center, where I operated a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer to test the particulate and other matter recovered from the heat tiles of returning shuttle orbiters. Each of these research experiences gave me a healthy appreciation for the time and effort expended by scientists and engineers to solve the problems faced in today's society.

My passion for the law began when I was appointed the Chief Justice of the Honors and Conduct Review Board during my senior year of college. The Honors and Conduct Review Board functioned as the student court with jurisdiction over the academic and social misconduct of the students. My role as chief justice sparked a strong interest in the practice of law, which ultimately led me to discover the wonderful world of patent infringement litigation. This was an area that would satisfy my passion for science and technology, while allowing me to use my skill at debate and persuasion to meet the needs of my clients. To further my goal of becoming a patent infringement trial lawyer, I attended New York University School of Law, where I obtained my J.D. in 2003. I have practiced in the areas of commercial, entertainment and intellectual property litigation and transactions for over 11 years. I have extensive experience in all aspects of complex civil litigation, entertainment and new media litigation and transactions, and intellectual property acquisition, counseling, enforcement and licensing. I began my career at two of the largest intellectual property focused law firms in the United States, where I gained experience working for many of the world's largest corporations to defend their patents and intellectual property interests. Representative clients have included Apple, Astra-Zeneca, Novartis, Merck, Pfizer, Microsoft, Verint Systems, LG Electronics, Walt Disney Enterprises, and Conde Nast Magazines.

I am a trial lawyer who specializes in combining legal knowledge with business insight to tailor optimal solutions to the business and legal needs of clients. I am licensed in the states of New York, Georgia and California. I have represented clients before arbitrators, mediators, the state courts of Georgia and California, various U.S. District Courts; the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. I look forward to speaking with you about the solutions to the business or legal issues you are presently facing.