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The Team

All of our attorneys and agents have advanced graduate degrees and considerable professional work experience in their respective technical fields.

This includes chemistry, biochemistry, immunology, virology, genetic engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and mechanical engineering. All of our attorneys and patent agents are registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition, our attorneys and agents are dedicated to excellence in scholarship and have published numerous articles in areas of practice relating to patent law.

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S. Highlander

Patent Attorney - Managing Member

Steven Highlander’s practice focuses on portfolio management for universities, non-profits and small to mid-sized corporate clients. Preparation and filing of patent applications, as well as prosecution of these cases, makes up the bulk of his docket. He also has considerable opinion experience...

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D. Parker

Patent Attorney - Member

Dr. David Parker plays both offense and defense when protecting clients’ intellectual property assets. Dr. Parker places a premium on the strategy and management of intellectual property portfolios.

From the moment of innovation to the ultimate marketplace, Dr. Parker maps out a course...

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C. Spence

Patent Attorney - Counsel

Chris Spence, J.D., received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1991. After working as an engineer for Celanese Chemicals for 9 years, he attended The University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 2003. Upon graduation from law...

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M. Voges

Patent Attorney - Member

Mark Voges’ practice focuses on patent prosecution, portfolio management and opinion work related to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, polymers, materials science, and biotechnology.

Prior to practicing patent law, Mark Voges spent five years working as a chemist and a manager for the...

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M. Byrd

Patent Agent

Prior to joining Parker Highlander, Marshall gained over 8 years of practice experience as a patent agent and technical advisor with the law firms of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP. He has extensive experience in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution on behalf...

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G. Findlay

Patent Agent

Geoff Findlay, Ph.D., joined Fulbright in 2003 where he worked as a patent agent and technical advisor for nine years. Geoff holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Williams College and a Ph.D. in molecular neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin. Geoff is a member of the Phi...

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C. Hamilton

Patent Agent / Paralegal - U.S. & International

Caroline Hamilton, M.A. received a bachelor’s degree in Biology cum laude from Agnes Scott College in 2000 and a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003. Prior to joining Parker Highlander in 2013, Caroline worked in house for Idera Pharmaceuticals for 5...

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A. Joyner

Patent Agent

Amanda Joyner, Ph.D. joined Parker Highlander after completing a Ph.D. program in Molecular Biology at Vanderbilt University, a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Virology at Vanderbilt University, and a post-doctoral fellowship in drug development at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital....

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R. Long

Patent Agent

S. Reid Long, Ph.D. joined Parker Highlander after finishing a graduate program in chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. Before starting his graduate studies, Reid received a dual bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Plan II....

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M. Mann

Patent Agent

Monica Mann, Ph.D. joined Parker Highlander after completing a Biomedical Science graduate program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the area of cancer biology and a post-doctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to her graduate studies, Monica obtained a B.S. in...

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A. Waldeck

Scientific Advisor

Andrew R. Waldeck, Ph.D. joined Parker Highlander after completing a graduate program in chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his graduate studies, Andrew received a B.S. in Chemistry as well as a B.S. in Mathematics from The University of Vermont. During his graduate...

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C. Blessing

Paralegal - U.S. & International

Prior to joining Parker Highlander, Casey Blessing was a paralegal with Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Austin, Texas, where she spent over five years working on U.S. and international patent prosecution matters. Casey’s practice currently focuses on international matters, but continues to...

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J. Norman-Wolfe

Paralegal - U.S.

Jennifer joined Parker Highlander at its inception in 2012. Prior to that, she gained over 7 years of experience as a patent paralegal with the law firms of Fulbright & Jaworksi LLP (Austin, TX) and Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto (Costa Mesa, CA). She has extensive experience in...

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R. Ortiz

Paralegal - U.S. & International

Prior to joining Parker Highlander, Richard Ortiz was a paralegal with Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Austin, Texas, where he spent over five years working on U.S. patent prosecution matters. In addition to handling both U.S. and international patent prosecution matters, Richard maintains...

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S. Stowers

Paralegal - U.S. & International

Sherry has over 22 years experience in the intellectual property field, mostly in the area of foreign patent prosecution. Prior to joining Parker Highlander, Sherry was a senior paralegal at the Austin Office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. for 12 years and a legal assistant with Arnold,...

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M. Burke

Project Assistant

After almost 10 years in tax and compliance in both the government and private sectors reviewing tax accounts, preparing legal tax documents and affidavits for taxpayers and insurance licensees, Michelle Burke switches gears to join Parker Highlander as a project assistant.

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C. Jackson

Project Assistant

Prior to joining Parker Highlander, Christopher served as a Legal Secretary for 13 years at the Austin office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and since 1990 was a Legal Secretary for several law firms in Dallas and Austin. His experience includes Litigation, Patents, Trademark and Copyright...

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D. Milleson

Project Assistant

Prior to joining Parker Highlander, Dolly accumulated over 25 years of experience assisting legal professionals. She has worked extensively in the intellectual property practice, with more than 10 years of experience specifically in patent prosecution.

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C. England

Docketing Administrator

Prior to joining Parker Highlander, Christy accumulated over 13 years of legal experience in both patent and trademark prosecution. She spent the last 8 years as a Sr. Docketing Specialist with the Austin office of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP.

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R. Kahler

Docketing Specialist

Before joining Parker Highlander, Rosemary worked in intellectual property section at Fulbright and Jaworski’s Austin office, Hobby and Beusse in Winter Park, FL, and other IP firms. She has over 10 years of combined experience in patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, as well as patent and...

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C. Gould

Office Manager

Cheri joins the Parker Highlander group with over 30 years of accounting experience including 18 years in the area of law. Cheri is the former controller of both Clark, Thomas & Winters P.C. and Duggins Wren Mann & Romero LLP. At Parker Highlander PLLC, Cheri manages the day to day...

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  • 1120 S. Capital of Texas Highway
  • Building One, Suite 200
  • Austin, TX 78746
  • Phone: 512-334-2900
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