Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC announces today the addition of Alston & Bird partner Chris Kelly, expanding the firm’s PTAB practice and deepening its patent prosecution bench. Nationally recognized as a leading IPR lawyer and prosecution strategist, Mr. Kelly joins MCC as principal following high-profile wins at the Federal Circuit and PTAB.

“Chris is a long-time colleague of our firm and we are thrilled to now have him as one of our partners,” said managing partner, Meredith Struby. “We’ve built a reputation for top-notch PTAB trial work and a prosecution approach geared for preparing our client’s portfolios for that level of scrutiny. Chris’s track record in these areas speaks for itself. His impressive reputation, focus on client service, and dedication to practice innovation make him a perfect fit and an enormous asset to our firm.”

Mr. Kelly arrives after a thirteen-year career at Alston & Bird, bringing a wealth of experience as lead counsel in IPR trials and Federal Circuit appeals. An engineer with more than a decade of patent prosecution experience, Chris also focuses on managing high-value patent portfolios and is a sought-after advisor for clearance investigations, reexams, reissues, and patent licensing.

A recognized leader in the IP community, Chris has served on the executive committee of the Atlanta IP Inn of Court and received practice recognition from Patexia and Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Kelly holds a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a law degree from the University of Tennessee.