I am an experienced lawyer, with a diverse client base centered around intellectual property assets. I provide a full range of services, advising on corporate formation and governance, finance issues, intellectual property issues, including e-commerce and technology licensing. I represent companies as well as entrepreneurs. When required, I litigate disputes.
LAW OFFICE OF PETER KELMAN, Waltham, MA 2001 - Current Sole practitioner representing both individuals and companies in business transactions, entity formation and governance. Extensive experience creating, preserving and licensing intellectual property assets. Assist clients in a wide range of operational matters such as real estate leases, employment issues and client contracts. Litigate disputes in both state and federal courts. Provide pro bono services to select charities and youth-centered organizations.
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA 2001 – Current
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY, Waltham, MA 2007 - 2019 Adjunct professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on various legal topics including business law, employment law, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and entrepreneurship. Member of Northeastern University incubator assisting startups.
POSTERNAK, BLANKSTEIN & LUND, Of Counsel, Boston, MA 2000 - 2001
Represent clients, principally in technology, consulting and e-commerce ventures, as to corporate formation, creation of equity plans, licensing, financings, employment issues, and protection of intellectual property. Prosecute trademark registrations. Create numerous agreements for Internet ventures. Publish articles on Internet law matters, such as domain names, electronic signatures and information privacy in the Boston Business Journal, National Law Journal, Mass HighTech and Boston Law Tribune.
PERKINS, SMITH & COHEN, Of Counsel, Boston, MA 1998 - 2000
Represent businesses and individuals in equity distributions, employment issues, real estate transactions and intellectual property issues. Advise public company client on day-to-day operational issues involving Massachusetts law. Lead firm task force on legal aspects of Y2K. On pro bono basis, advise Free Software Foundation on technology licensing contracts.
SYMMETRIX, INC., Lexington, MA 1989 - 1998
General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Technology Consultant
As general counsel and chief administrative officer of Symmetrix, a technology consulting firm (100+ professionals, $20MM annual revenues), accomplishments include negotiation of client contracts, management of intellectual property (trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret), advising on equity and debt financings, corporate governance, employment law, employee benefits and immigration issues.
As information technology consultant, advise clients in financial services, insurance and manufacturing areas on needs analysis, design and implementation of distributed pc-based systems. Design and implement information systems to capture and retrieve corporate knowledge.
GREEN, FRIEDMAN & PACKER, Associate, Boston, MA 1987 - 1989
Civil litigation, both plaintiff and defense, including trials in state district court. Extensive drafting of pleadings, discovery documents and briefs in areas of construction, malpractice defense, personal injury, collections and divorce. Active motion practice including summary judgment hearings. Conduct depositions.
INDEX SYSTEMS, INC., Technology Consultant, Cambridge, MA 1983 - 1986
Provide expert assistance to clients relative to the deployment of computer based solutions to business problems. Design, program and maintain pioneering pc-lan system to assist major bank in processing its trust accounts; retain bank as client for eight years.
Massachusetts Bar; United States District Court; Boston College Law School Intellectual Property American Inn of Court; Harvard Entrepreneur Club; Boston Bar Ass'n Internet and E-Commerce Committee
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of LAW, J.D., top 25% of class 1983
YALE UNIVERSITY, B.A., Philosophy and Psychology, 3.5 G.P.A. 1975
Town of Wayland: Commissioner of T-Ball; Commissioner for Wayland Youth Basketball; Founder of Tri-Town Youth Basketball League; Town of Wayland Y2K Commissioner - 1998 - 2000; Magic Garden Day Care Center, Board of Directors – 1995.