Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., one of the 10 largest law firms in the country devoted exclusively to intellectual property law, is pleased to announce that Edward R. Gates has been elected President and Managing Partner. Gates succeeds Timothy J. Oyer, who served in the role for 14 years prior to deciding to step aside when his current term expired earlier this month. Oyer will continue to be a shareholder in the firm’s Chemical & Materials Technologies Practice.
Gates has held a number of leadership positions at the firm, including serving as President and Managing Partner for five years, Chairman for 15 years, and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for 20 years. He founded the Biotechnology Practice and Pharmaceutical Practice, and his current focus is on expanding the life sciences arm of the Post-Grant Proceedings Practice. Gates brings with him the creative thinking and experience that are essential for building on the firm’s strategic plan.
“It is amazing to think about how the 13-person firm I joined in 1984 is now such a powerhouse with over 150 legal professionals,” said Gates.
During Oyer’s tenure, the firm nearly tripled in size and expanded its footprint with the opening and later expansions of its New York office. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he successfully led the firm to a strong 2020, a year in which the firm promoted the most shareholders ever and made no layoffs.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President and Managing Partner for the past 14 years,” said Oyer. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues and our innovative clients in my role as an attorney/counselor.”
“I am passionate about this firm, the people in it and the clients we serve. At the end of the day, our goal has been and will always be to provide excellent service to our clients. To do so, it is critical that we continue to focus on our clients’ business goals, continue to utilize our deep technical and legal experience, and continue to seek and promote diverse talent across the firm,” said Gates.