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Joshua Edwards
Charter Member
Intellectual Property Law

1200 S Figueroa Street, 900, Los Angeles, CA 90015


Joshua provides strategic guidance on a wide range of film, television and production agreements for above-the-line talent, independent producers and production companies. A former talent representative, Joshua has significant experience at the negotiation table, complemented by a macro-level understanding of the film and television industry and in-depth knowledge of the deal terms available to above-the-line talent, producers and production companies. This multifaceted experience enables highly effective negotiations and sophisticated dealmaking. He has represented leading talent, recurring guest stars and series regulars on noteworthy projects such as:

Ivor Elrifi
Charter Member
Intellectual Property Law

55 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001


Dr. Ivor Elrifi is the chair of Cooley\'s global patent counseling and prosecution practice group. He advises pharmaceutical, biotechnology, life sciences and medical device companies, research institutions, universities, hospitals and governments throughout the world, particularly in the US and Europe. His practice includes patent prosecution, litigation, arbitration, licensing and transactional work with a focus on novel therapeutic treatments, biotechnology, genetics, diagnostics, biomarkers, drug formulations and medical devices. Ivor counsels clients worldwide in developing and implementing patent strategies and in the prosecution, licensing and enforcement of patents. He has extensive experience in advising clients on transactional work and regularly counsels clients with respect to investments, mergers and acquisitions. He has also advised plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation and arbitration cases. Ivor is widely recognized as one of the top life sciences patent lawyers in the world by numerous prominent legal directories and publications. In 2019, he was singled out as the “Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year” by LMG Life Sciences (he also won the award in 2018 and 2016). In addition, year after year, including 2019, he has been named a \"Life Sciences Star\" by LMG Life Sciences, an \"IP Star\" by Managing Intellectual Property, a leading patent lawyer by IAM Patent 1000, honored as one of the world\'s leading experts on patent law by Euromoney, and named a leader in IP law by Chambers, Legal 500 and Super Lawyers. In the latest edition of Chambers, Ivor is recognized as \"a phenomenal biotech expert\" with \"a brilliant mind and a great penchant for detail,\" with one client noting \"we could not have survived without him.\" Prior to joining Cooley, Ivor was co-chair and section manager of Mintz Levin\'s intellectual property practice and a member of the firm\'s management committee. Earlier in his career, he served as patent counsel and then general counsel and vice president for CytoTherapeutics in Providence, Rhode Island, and as patent counsel to Modex Therapeutics in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has spoken at numerous international conferences, and he has written numerous articles for leading legal and scientific publications.

James Etheridge
Charter Member
Intellectual Property Law

2600 E Southlake Blvd, Ste 120-324, Southlake, TX 76092


Dean Fanelli
Charter Member
Intellectual Property Law

975 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Dean began his legal career in the late \'90s. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Dean was a founding partner and chair of Fanelli Haag PLLC. Fanelli Haag was a leading intellectual property boutique law firm focused on issues facing the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Fanelli Haag joined Seyfarth in October 2016. Prior to founding Fanelli Haag, Dean was in private practice in the Washington, DC, office of an international law firm, where his work focused primarily on patent prosecution and counseling of clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, veterinary, consumer products, and nutritional industries. Dean gained additional experience in strategic patent management and licensing, while seconded in-house with an international pharmaceutical drug-delivery company, and while at a major consumer product company. Dean has a hands-on approach to anticipating and meeting his clients\' needs. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and he has given presentations and published articles on different topics related to intellectual property throughout the world.

Gary Fergus
Distinguished Lawyer
Intellectual Property Law

535 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA


Before founding Fergus, A Law Office, at the end of 2001, I practiced for 22 years as a trial lawyer in one of the top 30 national law firms, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP. I was one of that firm's senior trial partners and managed their largest litigation group while maintaining an active trial practice in bet-the-company cases. Because I am a sole practitioner, all my clients get the benefit of my 40 years of experience, my attention to their problem and prompt responsive communications. Since opening my San Francisco office, I have represented plaintiffs and defendants at trial or in settlements that resolved complex litigation including intellectual property matters. Education: Stanford AB 1976 with honors; University of Wisconsin JD cum laude 1979; New York University School of Law LL.M. cum laude 1981.