Richard L. Crisona

Mr. Crisona is an experienced trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property matters.  He has litigated a range of complex cases arising in the commercial context, from securities claims and business torts to the defense of class actions in state and federal courts.  Mr. Crisona’s practice also focuses on all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation.  Mr. Crisona has been admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1982, and advises clients on patent infringement, validity and freedom to operate issues, and on intellectual property licensing matters.

While in law school, Mr. Crisona worked first as a chemical engineer and then as a patent agent for the General Foods Corporation, where he prosecuted numerous patent applications.  After graduation, Mr. Crisona became an associate in the litigation department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and then was a partner in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property firms.

Mr. Crisona practices in the New York and New Jersey state courts, and in federal courts throughout the country.  He has participated in litigation at all levels of the federal court system, including pre-trial proceedings and trials in the United States District Courts and appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  He is experienced with multi-district and class action proceedings in federal court, and in representing defendants in multi-defendant patent “troll” infringement cases.

Mr. Crisona has considerable mediation experience.  In addition to representing clients in numerous court-supervised and private mediations, Mr. Crisona is on the panel of mediators for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the New York County Supreme Court Commercial Division.

Mr. Crisona edits S.D.N.Y. Intellectual Property Law, a blog about patent, copyright and trademark law in the United District Court for the Southern District of New York.