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Speaker's Biographies

Ari M. Bai, Esq., Partner, Polsinelli

A former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and an in-house patent counsel for a multimillion dollar company, Ari Bai brings unique perspective and experience for assisting clients in protecting and leveraging their proprietary technologies. With more than 20 years’ experience navigating through the complexities of patent prosecution, clients rely on him to identify and protect disruptive technologies affecting the market, Ari is committed to delivering results for clients who need to protect their most important inventions. Ari has significant experience with identifying inventions that are suitable for patent protection, preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to obtain patent protection on complex inventions, providing counsel on strategies for protecting inventions that will influence the market, and representing medical device companies in navigating the unique challenges of obtaining patent protection for this type of invention.  Ari is a frequent educational speaker on topics critical to patent clients and remains abreast of legal trends that affect the potential patentability of clients’ product lines. Ari was selected by Arizona Business magazine as a Leader in Law in Intellectual Property in 2019. He was also selected by Arizona Business magazine as Arizona’s Top Lawyers – Intellectual Property, 2013, 2014.

Sean M. Berens, Esq., Associate, Perkins Coie LLP

Sean Berens is an associate with the Real Estate & Property Development practice. Sean focuses on leasing, financing, purchase and sale transactions and other matters related to commercial real estate.  Before joining Perkins Coie, Sean was an associate in the New York office of Greenberg Traurig, where he provided land use advice to developers, lenders and building owners.  Sean is active in pro bono matters, which have included representation of a victim of human trafficking and immigration representations.

Timothy D. Fontes, Esq., Associate, Polsinelli

Timothy Fontes draws upon his combined background of business and technology to pursue maximum value for the intellectual property of Polsinelli’s clients. Whether through trademark, copyright, patent, or other forms of intellectual property law, Tim endeavors to provide a broad spectrum of guidance. He believes in listening carefully to clients with the goal of developing long-lasting relationships. Tim has worked with a broad range of technical areas including: Medical devices, Semiconductors, Analog and digital circuits, Audiology devices, Software, Networking and internet technology, Media technology, and various other computer, electrical, and mechanical devices.

Maria Fernanda Hubbard, Esq., Associate, Polsinelli

Maria Fernanda Hubbard is a business litigation attorney with an emphasis in insurance recovery. She works with clients to proactively help them respond to insurance issues involving representation on property and casualty lines, product liability, toxic and mass torts, environmental and natural resources liabilities, errors and omission policies, captive insurance, and self-insured retentions.  She was recently named by AZ Business Magazine as one of 12 Millennials to Watch in 2019, and was highlighted as one of tomorrow’s leaders who is making an impact today.  Hubbard is currently serving a three year term on the newly established Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Ethics Advisory Committee.  She also serves on the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee.  Hubbard is active in Los Abogados and the Hispanic National Bar Association.  She was recently named one of Arizona’s Top 50 pro bono attorneys by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education.  In 2017, Hubbard was one of 50 Latina attorneys selected nationally to participate in the Latina Leadership Academy.  A graduate of the University of Arizona, Hubbard earned her B.A. in mathematics and went on to earn her J.D. summa cum laude from the James E. Rogers College of Law.  Prior to joining Polsinelli, she clerked for the Honorable Ann A. Scott Timmer of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Andrew Jacobs, Partner, Snell & Wilmer

Andrew Jacobs is a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, is a partner at Snell & Wilmer and leads its appellate practice. He led the State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee from 2014 to 2018 and was a major contributor to the 2017 and 2018 revisions to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. He was named Member of the Year by the Arizona State Bar in 2016 along with two others. In March 2019, Andrew was one of five persons nominated by the Appellate Court Appointments Commission for Governor Ducey's consideration for the Arizona Supreme Court vacancy to be filled in April 2019.

Lindsay A. Jewell, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Lindsay Jewell, a partner in the Real Estate & Land Use practice, is a deal lawyer who negotiates, documents and closes complex transactions on both the buyer’s and seller’s side in an efficient, proactive and organized manner. Lindsay works on local and multistate real estate transactions and has significant experience in the hospitality industry, including acquisitions, dispositions, hotel finance, REIT structuring, joint ventures, franchise and hotel management agreements, and development, asset management and operational matters.  Additional areas of Lindsay’s experience include retail and office lease negotiations, financing transactions on both the borrower’s and lender’s side, corporate governance, and complex title and survey review and similar due diligence matters. She also has counseled clients with respect to licensing and regulatory compliance under state and federal laws.  Lindsay frequently works on various aspects of CMBS specially serviced commercial real estate loans, including loan modifications, forbearance agreements, discounted pay-offs, foreclosures and REO dispositions for a wide variety of commercial properties. These include retail centers, office complexes, industrial parks, hotels and multifamily buildings.

Karen Lisko, Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant, Perkins Coie

Litigation consultant Karen Lisko, Ph.D., works with attorneys to make them more persuasive.  Karen relies on 30 years of experience conducting mock trials and interviewing actual judges and juries to strategize with legal teams in civil and criminal litigation. Karen holds a doctorate in legal communication, a specialized degree attained by only a few consultants in the nation, and is the author of two books, Patently Persuasive and Proven Jury Arguments and Evidence. 

Laura Rogal, Partner, Jaburg Wilk

Laura is an attorney with the Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk.  She assists clients with their commercial litigation and offers guidance in resolving disputes without court intervention.  Her work focuses on intellectual property, employment, internet law, defamation, emerging business and technology.  She has assisted a high profile Internet business, with heavily contested litigation in several states; grow by achieving successful resolution through motion practice, document intensive discovery, electronic discovery, negotiations and oral arguments.   Being an active community member is important to Laura. She is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXIII as well as being active in the State Bar of Arizona, as an Executive Committee Member at Large of the IP Section and Past Chair of the E-commerce and technology sections.  She has been a mentor at SEED SPOT and has experience as both a support team member and an Event Team member for Ignite Phoenix.   Laura is a CONNECT board member of Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. Additionally, she was previously the Southwest Region Chair of Women's Lacrosse Officials, US Lacrosse and is also an official in the Western Women’s Lacrosse League.   Offering a fresh perspective to her clients on not only the law, but also enhancing attorney client relationships through straightforward communications is a strong suit of Laura’s. She has always been an athletic individual and finds that the same qualities which have helped her excel in sports also help her excel as an attorney, namely, discipline, concentration and a competitive spirit.

Mark Songer, Expert, Robson Forensic

Mark Songer is a court qualified expert in Forensic Document Examinations. He provides investigations, reports, and testimony towards the resolution of matters involving disputed documents or signatures, including: wills, checks, contracts, deeds, account ledgers, medical records, and autograph authentication.  Mark is a former FBI Special Agent and FBI Forensic Examiner, and was the designated handwriting expert for the Evidence Response Team-Los Angeles. During his tenure in the FBI, Mr. Songer instructed numerous law enforcement officers and examiners in handwriting identification, crime scene investigations and the collection of writing samples. He has also developed and implemented Criminal Justice and Forensic Science programs at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of California and La Sierra University. In addition, Mark is a former Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science at National University, San Diego, California.  Mark served in both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army (ROTC), and is a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

James Swinyard, Business Development, Robson Forensic

James Swinyard manages business development efforts across the Western Region of the United States, including the firm’s involvement with regional legal organizations. Prior to joining Robson Forensic, James worked closely with engineers and architects in the Land Use Consulting and Green Architecture industries. This experience has contributed toward his understanding of construction and environmental issues.  A graduate of Washington State University, where he majored in finance, James’ education and professional experience have helped him to develop a nuanced understanding of the way codes, standards, and finance factor into litigation. When he isn’t developing the western region, James enjoys exploring the local food scene and shedding the carbs on his snowboard.

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