Marshall Gerstein Elects Three New Partners

January 17, 2019

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is pleased to announce the election to partnership of Kimberly L. Berkowski, Ph.D., Tiffany D. Gehrke, and Ryan N. Phelan, effective January 1, 2019.

“We congratulate Kimberly, Tiffany, and Ryan on their recent elevation to the Firm’s partnership,” said Managing Partner Jeffrey S. Sharp. “These three professionals are truly fantastic attorneys, providing excellent counsel and care to their clients. We know that we will continue to see great things from this group of new partners, and look forward to their future success in our Firm.”

Kimberly L. Berkowski, Ph.D. prosecutes patent applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and polymer/material sciences for various types of clients, including international corporations, start-ups, and universities. Dr. Berkowski’s technical research and teaching background enable her to work seamlessly with scientists and non-scientists alike to produce quality work and favorable results. Kimberly has extensive bench experience with the synthesis, characterization, and application of small molecules, polymers, peptides, and biomaterials. Kimberly also brings exceptional technical communication skills that she cultivated during her years of teaching in academia. Kimberly received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, her Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her B.S. in chemistry and biochemistry from University of Detroit Mercy.

Tiffany D. Gehrke secures and protects intellectual property rights for a broad range of clients. In this role, Ms. Gehrke regularly counsels clients regarding prosecution and enforcement matters. Tiffany has extensive experience representing retailers, manufacturers, publishers, consulting companies, and organizations across a wide variety of industries. Tiffany understands the value of clients’ intellectual property rights and assists those clients in obtaining and protecting those rights in the U.S. and throughout the world. Tiffany enforces clients’ intellectual property rights through litigation in state and federal courts, through proceedings before the USPTO, and through other dispute resolution forums. Tiffany received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and her B.S.E. in computer science engineering from University of Michigan.

Ryan N. Phelan is a registered patent attorney who counsels and works with clients in intellectual property matters, with a focus on patents. As a former technology consultant with one of the world's largest consulting firms and with a background in computer science and engineering, Mr. Phelan has extensive experience in computer system and software design, engineering, development and related technologies. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 clients with patent matters in technical areas including electrical and software engineering, machine learning, virtual reality, imaging, internet and e-commerce, computer networking, encryption and security, mobile telecommunications, consumer electronics, insurance and finance applications. Ryan focuses on results for his clients in patent protection and procurement, patent portfolio development and management, infringement and invalidity opinions, intellectual property litigation and post-grant proceedings at the USPTO, including inter partes reviews. Ryan received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and his B.S. in computer science from University of Louisiana Lafayette.