Marshall Gerstein Expands with Five Team Members, Including Three Attorneys

April 3, 2019

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP announces the expansion of its Chicago office with the addition of Thomas R. Burns and John J. Lucas as associates. Peter J.W. Melsa, patent agent, and Serge Minin, Ph.D., technical specialist have also joined the firm.

“The addition of these talented attorneys and specialists results from the growing demand our Firm is experiencing for seasoned intellectual property counsel and technical guidance,” said Jeffrey Sharp, managing partner of Marshall Gerstein. “We are excited to welcome these professionals to Marshall Gerstein and introduce them to our clients. These individuals further bolster our patent prosecution and litigation capabilities, and their proven track records and depth of insight will no doubt assist our clients in protecting and commercializing their innovations.” 

Thomas R. Burns is a patent litigator with a focus on representing clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He has extensive experience representing both pharmaceutical innovators and generic drug manufacturing clients in all aspects of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation, along with experience in biologics litigation and inter partes review petitions before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He earned his undergraduate degree in genetics from Iowa State University and his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

John J. Lucas defends clients against infringement claims. While attending law school, Lucas served as a law clerk for two intellectual property law firms in Chicago. He earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and his law degree from DePaul University College of Law.

Peter J.W. Melsa prosecutes patents for clients in all areas of electrical, software and computer technologies. His industry experience includes extensive knowledge of broadband communications and signal processing. He holds 24 U.S. patents. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University.

Serge Minin, Ph.D. assists in prosecuting patents for clients in the electrical and software technology industries. His advanced education and industry experience includes extensive knowledge in the areas of electronics, lasers, optics, instrumentation, communications and signal processing. He earned his undergraduate degree, Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is exclusively focused on intellectual property law. The Firm provides sophisticated intellectual property advice and legal services to many of the world’s largest, most innovative businesses, research institutions, universities, and entrepreneurs. Chambers & Partners has ranked Marshall Gerstein as “first-rate for litigation,” and “one of the best biotechnology practices in the entire country.” Corporate Counsel magazine lists the Firm as a “Go-To Law Firm of the Top 500 Companies” for intellectual property and litigation. The Firm is also ranked as a top intellectual property law firm by Managing Intellectual Property, Fortune, Intellectual Property Today and Intellectual Asset Management magazines. Learn more at and

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