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Lanning G. Bryer '83, Ralph H. Cathcart '90 & Scott J. Lebson '98

Lanning G. Bryer '83, Ralph H. Cathcart '90 & Scott J. Lebson '98

Intellectual Property Attorneys,
Ladas & Parry LLP

Lanning G. Bryer

Lanning G. Bryer ’83 (LB) is a partner in Ladas’ New York office and is director of the firm’s mergers, acquisitions and licensing group. He is an active committee member of several intellectual property organizations and has been identified as a New York Super Lawyer. He has written and lectured extensively on foreign trademark practice and commercial transactions involving the acquisition, financing and licensing of intellectual property.

Ralph H. Cathcart

Ralph H. Cathcart ’90 (RC) is a partner in Ladas’ New York office. He oversees national counterfeit and enforcement programs for clients and previously represented a luxury goods client in one of the largest seizures of counterfeit watches in U.S. history. He is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra Law, where he teaches Trademarks.

Scott J. Lebson

Scott J. Lebson ’98 (SL) is a partner in Ladas’ New York office in the firm’s mergers, acquisitions and licensing group. He is an accomplished speaker and has lectured extensively on intellectual property matters, particularly in the evolving area of intellectual property securitization. He is also the author of numerous articles in the area of intellectual property.

What was the biggest challenge as you started your legal career?

LB: The biggest challenge was getting that opportunity to demonstrate my work ethic and legal skills in a paid position. I understood that experience was the most important skill to develop early on in my career.

I had worked for two public defender programs before attending law school, one of which was paid and one of which was on a volunteer basis. The skills learned during both jobs proved invaluable for later application.

Briefly describe your career path and current area of practice.

RC: Upon graduating from Hofstra Law School, I became associated with the general practice firm Winick & Rich, P.C. I had clerked for that firm as a summer associate after my second year at Hofstra Law. I always volunteered to do the IP-related work, even if I was very busy.

Consequently, having gained significant IP-related experience at Winick & Rich, I then sought to specialize by joining an IP boutique law firm. I joined Ladas & Parry as a midlevel associate, was promoted to of counsel, and thereafter, partner.

Which skills that you learned or experiences you had at Hofstra Law have proved most valuable in your work?

SL: Since my practice focuses on transactional aspects of intellectual property, classes such as Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy provided a sound footing for understanding commercial transactions.

Have you maintained relationships with any of your Hofstra Law professors or classmates? If yes, please describe the relationships.

RC: I have maintained relationships with several Hofstra Law professors and classmates. In particular, I consider Professor Monroe Freedman a friend and have stayed in contact with Professor Leon Friedman as well.

I have also stayed in contact with a few classmates, and one in particular, Ron Wilson, remains a best friend and I am his son’s godfather.

Are you active in any professional organizations? If yes, please describe your involvement.

SL: I am involved in several professional organizations related to IP. I was recently selected to be a committee member for The Trademark Reporter, an International Trademark Association (INTA) publication, and am active in the Licensing Executive Society and the New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section.

What advice would you offer to Hofstra Law students about best preparing themselves for the jobs in the IP field?

LB: Search widely and look to develop your legal skills however you can and with whatever opportunities come your way. If you are passionate about a particular field of law, be dogmatic and do not give up. Build your networks wide and deep.