Maslon is pleased to announce that attorneys Larina Alton, Melissa Muro LaMere, Tom Pack, and Jon Septer have been elected to the law firm's Partnership, effective January 1, 2020. The election acknowledges their tremendous skill, experience, professionalism, and commitment to client service.
Larina is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group and a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a dedicated and versatile intellectual property and business trial attorney with experience in every phase of litigation practice, from pre-suit evaluation of potential patent infringement and counterclaim risk through trial and appeals. Her practice is distinguished by superior experience and repeated success prosecuting and defending inter partes review proceedings, a contested patent proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which plays a vital role in any patent litigation. To date, Larina has appeared in more than twenty such proceedings without a loss, representing both clients who own patents and those challenging a patent's validity.
Melissa is a partner in Maslon's Labor & Employment and Litigation Groups. As of the above release date, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice has confirmed she is the only Latina partner at any mid-size or large law firm in the Twin Cities. Melissa focuses her practice on the full spectrum of employment counseling and litigation matters in addition to business disputes involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, business contracts and torts, and unfair competition and trade practices. Melissa serves on the board of the Minnesota Infinity Project, an organization focused on gender disparity on the bench throughout the Eighth Circuit, was recently appointed to the Hispanic National Bar Association's Latina Commission, and was appointed in 2019 to the Commission on Judicial Selection by Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.
Tom is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group. He concentrates his work primarily on product liability, intellectual property, internal investigations, and in other complex business litigation. He helps clients navigate all stages of the litigation process throughout many forums, including federal and state courts, mediation, and arbitration. Tom has extensive experience with discovery, including complicated eDiscovery, and has prepared successful dispositive motions in several matters. He also maintains an active pro bono practice in the civil rights and immigration law fields, with an emphasis on representing LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Before joining Maslon, Tom was a litigator in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Jon is a partner in Maslon's Real Estate Group. He represents owners, investors, lenders, and closely held businesses in connection with all phases of the commercial and agricultural real estate life cycle. In addition to assisting clients with due diligence review—including loan, title, and survey matters—he advises clients on acquisitions, sales, and development; mobile home and manufactured housing related matters; land use; loan workout; foreclosures; and environmental issues. Jon also has extensive experience in the agribusiness and manufactured housing industries.