Wolf Greenfield Elects Robert Walat as President and Managing Partner

Wolf Greenfield is pleased to announce that Robert Walat has been elected President and Managing Partner.

“Wolf Greenfield has always been more than just a place of work for me. In my 25 years at the firm, I have seen tremendous progress and advances. Our team has nearly tripled in size, and I’ve had the pleasure of watching colleagues grow both professionally and personally. I’ve also been fortunate enough to work alongside exceptional clients to develop and execute on their intellectual property strategies,” said Rob.

Rob succeeds Edward Gates, who served in the role for the past three years and had previously held a number of leadership positions at the firm, including serving as President and Managing Partner for five years and Chairman for 15 years. Ed will continue to be a shareholder in the firm’s Biotechnology Practice and Pharmaceutical Practice.

“I am honored to hand the reins to Rob,” said Ed. “His deep knowledge of our firm and his passion for our employees and clients will serve as a catalyst for many great things to come under his leadership.”

“Ed’s dedication to our firm over the past 40+ years has been remarkable,” said Rob. “We are grateful for his leadership and thrilled that he’ll continue to help mentor our team and serve as counsel for many firm clients.”

Rob is chair of Wolf Greenfield’s Chemical & Materials Technologies Practice, and focuses his practice on competitive analysis, counseling, and patent portfolio development. Clients praise Rob for his lawyering, knowledge of their business strategy, and pragmatic advice. He previously served two terms on Wolf Greenfield’s Executive Committee and has chaired the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee. Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Rob had industry experience as a material scientist.

“Client satisfaction remains paramount,” said Rob. “Since our inception in 1927, our clients have been our top priority. I look forward to collaborating with my teammates on innovative ways to best serve our clients and help them achieve their goals, all while preserving the unique culture of our firm.” 

The news of Rob becoming President and Managing Partner was covered by Law360 Pulse