Lerner David Welcomes New Partner Keith McWha

Keith McWha has joined the intellectual property law firm of Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP as partner. The addition reinforces Lerner David's pharmaceutical and transactional practices.

McWha comes to Lerner David with more than 15 years of legal experience as a patent attorney and intellectual property specialist including post grant and inter partes reviews, clearance opinions, litigation, transactional matters, due diligence and portfolio counseling. He was formerly a partner at McCarter & English. Prior to entering private practice, he served as in-house counsel at Becton Dickinson and Company in New Jersey.

Lerner David managing partner William L. Mentlik cites McWha’s diverse intellectual property practice as especially valuable to the firm’s litigation team: “It’s rare to find someone with such a breadth of legal experience and background — the legal knowledge of various intellectual property law areas with a background and perspective as both an in-house counsel and private practitioner.”

Mentlik continues, “With more than 15 years of practice working with clients in a variety of high technology industries, and coming from an in-house background himself, Keith understands very well the significance of delivering value-added results for clients. Keith has an established track record of success in handling legal matters for companies in both domestic and in foreign jurisdictions, and consistently strives to obtain optimal results for clients.”

McWha has counseled and represented clients in various industries including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, polymer science, cosmetics, industrial equipment, renewable energy, consumer goods and electronics, telecommunications, information technology, and financial services.

McWha holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, and a master’s degree in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts and earned his juris doctor in 1997 from Seton Hall University School of Law. McWha is admitted to the bar in New Jersey and New York as well as registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.