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Commerce and Community: July 13, 2013

Commerce and Community: July 13, 2013

News and notes from around the business community

Albany Law School appoints new staff attorney

ALBANY — The Albany Law School recently appointed Emily Ekland to the position of staff attorney in the school’s Government Law Center (GLC).

In her new role, she will conduct legal research and write articles spanning municipal law, environmental law, entrepreneurship and clean technology, among other issues; organize conferences on government-related issues; and manage summer fellows and work study students.

An Albany resident and 2012 graduate of Albany Law, Ekland was most recently a postgraduate fellow in the GLC, where she updated the Legal Handbook for Early Stage Business and coordinated a white paper series on alternative energy systems and business startup issues, both projects supported by NYSERDA. During law school, she was a law clerk for the School Administrators Association of New York State, based in Latham.

Ekland was executive editor of the Albany Government Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in history and political science from Russell Sage College in Troy.

OrthoNY opens at Malta Medical center

MALTA — OrthoNY is now seeing patients in the Malta Medical Emergent Care facility at Northway Exit 12.

This second Malta office is staffed by Drs. Lawrence Fein, Jonathan Gainor, Joseph LaRosa, William Byrt and Justin Ferrara, with onsite X-ray services to facilitate diagnoses and treatment. The practice also has an established office on Route 9 at the corner of Knabner Road.

OrthoNY originated earlier this year with the merger of Northeast Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga, the team that has provided bone and joint care in northern Saratoga County for more than 15 years. Convenient locations include the two in Malta and one in Saratoga Springs, with all surgeries being performed at Saratoga Hospital.

OrthoNY will differentiate the two Malta locations as Malta Route 9 and Malta Exit 12.

Albany law firm gives duties to 3

ALBANY — Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, announced the selection of Nicholas Mesiti as new managing partner.

Susan E. Farley and Blanche E. Schiller will join Mesiti on the firm’s management committee.

Nicholas Mesiti has been with the firm since 1990 and is an experienced and versatile intellectual property law practitioner and litigator. He has been lead trial counsel in numerous infringement jury and non-jury trials and appeals, and his technical and legal abilities have enabled him to handle complex patent infringement cases in various technologies including medical devices, semiconductors, electronics, communication systems, optics, industrial and power generation machinery, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products.

Mesiti graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1985. He acquired his law degree from Albany Law School in 1988. He is admitted to the bar in New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, Fourth and Second Circuits, and he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Farley graduated from Union College in 1981, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in chemistry. She also attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich for one year, concentrating in inorganic chemistry. Thereafter, she attended Albany Law School, graduating cum laude in 1984.

For almost a decade, Farley managed several HRFM committees including the Litigation and Transactional Practice Area, the In-House Certified CLE Provider programs and its Risk Management/Conflicts Avoidance and Ethics Committee. She served as lead trial counsel in countless intellectual property infringement cases, garnering notable precedential decisions and verdicts including a landmark product configuration jury verdict in excess of $5 million in the Southern District of New York.

She is a frequent publisher and guest lecturer on the law of industrial and high-end consumer products design protection, focusing on the interface between patent, trade dress/trademark and copyright laws. Farley is the lead author of the Design Patent Jury Instructions published by the Intellectual Property Owners’ Association.

Farley was selected as a Corporate and Upstate NY Super Lawyer and in 2011 was named to the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Upstate NY across all practice disciplines. She is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO and is admitted to all federal courts in New York and Illinois as well as multiple federal appeals courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Schiller is a member of the New York State Bar and U.S. Patent Bar. Her practice focuses on the patenting of computer software and other computer-related inventions. Her experience spans all areas of software, including e-commerce and business methods. Schiller’s practice also encompasses obtaining trademarks and copyrights and licensing of technology rights. She has lectured in the areas of protecting software rights and the patentability of software, as well as other areas of intellectual property.

Schiller graduated from Long Island University summa cum laude, majoring in computer science in 1985, and she received a Juris Doctor degree from Touro College in 1989, where she was editor of the Law Review. She was the first female president of the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association and was a board member of the Guilderland United Soccer Club for many years.

Planned Parenthood promotes official

SCHENECTADY — Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson has promoted Dreama Meckley from accounting manager to vice president of finance and administration.

Meckley will be responsible for the effective management of the agency’s financial resources and efficient operation of the financial, purchasing, information technology and billing functions.

Meckley served as accounting manager at PPMH for 23 years.

Desmond gets new sales director

ALBANY — The Desmond Hotel welcomes back Jack Roddy as director of sales on June 28.

Jack has an extensive career in the hotel industry, having held catering and sales management positions at several hotels in the Albany area along with a previous 11 years experience at The Desmond.

Jack is a member and past president of Meeting Professionals International of Northeastern NY and serves as secretary of the Albany Kiwanis Club. An alumnus of Siena College, he lives in Brunswick with his wife, Pam, and has three children, John, Caitlin and Aaron.

Marketing agency adds new group

ALBANY — Integrated marketing agency Eric Mower + Associates has launched EMA Energy + Sustainability.

This new specialty group leverages the agency’s expertise by helping energy providers as well as manufacturers of energy-efficient products and technologies to promote their services.

EMA’s Energy + Sustainability team includes experts in insight and analytics, creative ideation, design and branding, public relations and public affairs, social media and strategic planning. The team conducts research studies, interviews industry experts and shares insights through articles, blog posts, webinars and videos. The agency’s client roster includes respected companies like GE, Nucor, Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, Iberdrola and Transmissions Developers Inc.

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