Our Team

Haley Ayure

Haley helps clients in transactional and general commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, secured transactions, commercial lending, securities law compliance and general corporate governance. Haley also practices in the area of immigration law, with a focus on business immigration matters.

Michael Dever

Mike Dever helps start-up and growing companies protect and enforce their intellectual property assets. He advises companies on how to avoid infringing on their competitors' patents and assists companies in selecting, adopting and using trademarks. His practice also includes drafting and negotiating intellectual property licenses. Michael also counsels clients in connection with IP issues associated with acquisitions and financings and also assists in the valuation of intellectual property.

Robin Dierbeck

Robin is an experienced corporate attorney who has represented clients in the energy, health care technology and pharmaceutical industries as well as non-profit organizations. She concentrates her practice on private company mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt investments, financings, commercial contracts, and corporate governance matters for both corporate clients and nonprofit entities.

Ralph Fischer

Ralph Fischer has experience in patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law including litigation, patent solicitation, licensing, trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings, International Trade Commission investigations, registration of trademarks and copyrights with the United States Customs Service and related exclusion proceedings.

David Gould

David Gould assists startup/emerging companies and technology providers of various types ranging from biotechnology and manufacturing to IT in connection with the financing, selection, acquisition, disposition and use of technology. He works closely with the firm’s Intellectual Property, Biotech and Health Care Sections on industry-specific funding, licensing, acquisition and sale transactions, as well as with the Energy Section on complex upstream mineral asset transactions.

Edward Grattan

Edward focuses his practice on corporate finance and technology out of the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He has experience advising clients on funding coal asset sales and structuring private commodities transactions and contracts.

David Gurwin

David A. Gurwin chairs Buchanan's Technology Transactions, Entertainment and Media Law, and Copyright practice groups. He and his team represent companies and individuals in commercial transactions involving intellectual property assets and technology-related issues.

Susan Hartman

Susan Hartman advises clients on the acquisition, use, development and commercial exploitation of technology transactions and intellectual property-related assets. Susan is recognized by International Asset Management as "[Pennsylvania's] most effective transactional IP specialist" and was named to the publication's Patent 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Professionals list for her technology transactions practice. Susan has helped start-ups spun out of research-oriented universities with technology transfer, technology protection and commercialization matters. She has also worked with companies using government or university facilities to further develop their technologies under various arrangements including external sponsorship agreements.

Erin McLaughlin

Erin McLaughlin helps employers to develop and implement practical approaches to labor and employee issues. She counsels clients on compliance with anti-discrimination, military and other medical and family leave laws; hiring, evaluating and discharging employees; drug and alcohol testing; developing personnel policies and employee handbooks; pay practices and employee benefits; and health and safety issues. Erin also defends employers in employment litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.

Jennifer Minter

Jennifer Minter counsels emerging growth companies in venture and angel financing, general corporate guidance and equity-based compensation issues. Jennifer help clients with federal and state securities law compliance, corporate governance and board matters, as well as securities transactions for private and public companies.

Perry Patterson

Perry Patterson is chair of Buchanan's Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice Group. His practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, venture capital-backed startups and emerging companies and corporate finance, as well as general business and legal counseling. He counsels clients in a variety of industries including insurance, media, technology, life sciences, retail, medical device, aerospace and defense, specialty metals, manufacturing, eyewear and health care.

Steven Smith

Steven Smith acts as outside general counsel to a diverse group of small and middle-market companies. In the general corporate and commercial area, Steven handles various aspects of business formation, planning, financing and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.

Duane Stewart

Duane A. Stewart focuses his practice on patent prosecution, portfolio management and litigation; trademark procurement and portfolio management; and analysis and due diligence for transactions including significant intellectual property. Duane has been recognized as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property and he was one of 318 attorneys nationwide named a Client Service All-Star by research and consulting firm BTI, based on unsolicited client recommendations.

Adam Wicks

Adam Wicks focuses his practice on wide range of corporate matters, and advises clients ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies on financings, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state securities law compliance. He works with clients in a variety of industries including technology, security alarm and the non-profit sector.