William J. Kohler
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovator
William J Kohler
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovator
Matthew B Murphy
Kantor Fitzgerald - Associate General Counsel
VELN - Intellectual Property
Robert ZitnikRobert Zitnik is a highly skilled attorney who drafts and negotiates a range of commercial agreements for VELN’s clients, including industrial equipment sales agreements, services agreements (including multi-party and franchise structured), software agreements and technology licenses, sponsorships, distribution agreements, marketing agreements and influencer contracts, to name a few. He has acted as interim in-house counsel for VELN’s clients and advised them on a number of contract disputes and organizational structure following acquisitions. He also specializes in helping startups and larger businesses develop templates and playbooks for more efficient negotiation of key agreements. He is focused on leveraging automation technology for VELN’s clients and managing their transitions to automated contract review processes. In this area, he has saved clients’ time and money by developing efficient contract management and review processes, while minimizing legal risk with excellent contract template drafting. Previously, he has advised and represented telecom clients AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile on a range of leasing matters, as well as regulatory compliance, for their cell towers in the US market. Robert holds his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from DePaul College of Law, where he specialized in Intellectual Property law. He has authored the following publications:
Grace BolandGrace Boland is an established Irish business lawyer, who provides clients with plain English, commercial legal advice. Grace provides legal advice on Irish law and some aspects of European law, including Irish data privacy laws and GDPR.
Stephen KontosLeveraging his experience as outside intellectual property counsel to some of the largest companies in the world, Mr. Kontos helps in-house IP teams, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and startup founders strategically protect intellectual property that furthers business goals.
David H. LowenschussDavid H. Lowenschuss is a Lead Attorney at VELN. As a practicing attorney who specializes in biotech and life science, Mr. Lowenschuss provides legal guidance to large and small pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Jeffery BrinzaJeffery Brinza is a lead attorney at VELN. Since 1986, Mr. Brinza has been advising clients in the startup environment, venture capital financing, operations, and public company representation, as well as serving as in-house counsel in the life sciences and retail services industries. Mr. Brinza has served as counsel at Butzel Long and Pfizer, and was General Counsel at QuatRx Pharmaceuticals and Millendo Therapeutics, the latter of which he was also Chief Administrative Officer. He has also been involved in mergers and acquisitions, the negotiation and drafting of numerous technology and product licenses, research collaborations, clinical development agreements and product manufacturing agreements.
Matthew B MurphyMatt Murphy is currently a member of VELN’s Strategic Advisory Board, providing the firm with strategic and operational guidance on a variety of internal and client-facing topics. He is a firm believer in the pragmatic, efficient and business-oriented approach that VELN deploys in advising its clients. Matt has previously worked as a Lead Attorney at VELN, advising the firm’s clients on a broad array of commercial contracts and technology agreements. Prior to his time with VELN, Matt worked with the Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology Transactions groups at a large, international law firm. Matt then moved in-house to take on senior leadership roles at two financial technology companies, where he found success building teams, processes, policies and systems to further those businesses, while also operating as the lead negotiator for both of those companies. He is currently affiliated with a large financial services institution headquartered in New York City.
Marcus MazurowskiMarcus Mazurowski is an accomplished corporate lawyer who guides clients through complex issues for the best results. He has experience negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial agreements including sales, services, distribution, healthcare compliance, data privacy, and intellectual property agreements including in-licensing and out-licensing. He prides himself in being forward looking and helps guide clients businesses through implementing win-win agreements with customers and managing intellectual property to maximize its effect.