McCarter & English Expands its IP Practice in NY and Boston with the Hiring of James G. Cullem and Lisa D. Tyner

August 27, 2013

NEW YORK, NY and BOSTON, MA (August 22, 2013) – McCarter & English is pleased to announce that Lisa D. Tyner and James G. Cullem have joined the firm’s intellectual property practice. Ms. Tyner, who has more than a dozen years of experience as an IP lawyer, joins in the New York office. Mr. Cullem, who has served as general counsel for two early stage biotech companies and brings 15 years of experience as an IP lawyer, joins in Boston. They will both serve as special counsel.

The additions continue the expansion of the firm’s IP group, which also recently added Dr. Eric Evain as a partner in Wilmington, DE and so far has added 11 lawyers, technical specialists and patent agents in 2013. The group now has more than 100 lawyers, technical specialists and patent agents.

“Lisa and Jim bring valuable knowledge and experience to McCarter due to their extensive work in the bio tech industry,” said Elizabeth Hanley, the head of McCarter’s Intellectual Property/Information Technology Group. “Adding them to our already deep group is part of our ongoing effort to provide our clients with elite service covering the full range of IP matters.”

Mr. Cullem is a registered patent attorney with combination of expertise in both business development and I.P./licensing issues that face most early-to-mid stage biotech companies. His specific areas of focus include molecular diagnostics (predictive, companion), proteomics, diagnostic biomarkers, genomics, drug targets, and immuno-based discovery technologies. He received his J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center and his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis.

“I’ve worked with several members of the McCarter team over the years, and I feel the firm is a great fit for me,” Mr. Cullem said. “I wanted to join a top IP life sciences firm, and McCarter’s value proposition and price point are second to none. The firm provides a very personalized level of service.”

Ms. Tyner specializes in patent prosecution and due diligence investigations, and assists clients with the preparation of patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions. She practices in the area of life sciences, including the fields of immunology, genomics, protein therapeutics, diagnostic assays, and imaging technologies, with a particular focus on antibody-based therapeutics. She has represented a wide range of clients, from universities and small start-ups to large multinational corporations.  She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and her B.S. in biology from Boston College. She worked with Elizabeth Hanley when they were both at another firm.

“I’m excited to reunite with Betty and join an IP group that is thriving in large part because of the unusually high level of team work the firm utilizes to maximize client service,” Ms. Tyner said. “McCarter’s commitment to its life sciences practice provides a great platform to serve my clients while expanding my practice.”

About the Intellectual Property/Information Technology Practice

McCarter & English's full IP group has more than 100 intellectual property and information technology lawyers and patent agents, including more than 25 with Ph.D.s. The group was recently ranked among the nation's top ten IP practices by Law360 Litigation Almanac, according to the number of patent cases in which it is counsel. Chambers USA guide, considered the premier survey of law firms nationwide, has recognized the IP practice group as among the best in the country.

About McCarter & English, LLP

McCarter & English, LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington. In continuous business for more than 160 years, McCarter & English is the law firm of choice for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-market and emerging growth companies across a broad range of industries. For more information, visit


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