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PITTSBURGH – July 21, 2017 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert L. Wagner brings more than 15 years of experience in complex litigation and intellectual property counsel to its energy team. Dr. Wagner has significant knowledge regarding energy-related litigation and technology and deep experience handling patent infringement and trade secret litigation. Dr. Wagner has handled numerous litigation matters for energy and natural gas company contractors and drillers, including a wide range of financing and personnel issues.                   

Licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dr. Wagner handles provisional, non-provisional and PCT patent applications and trademark registrations related to optical, electrical, computer and mechanical technologies common to energy development and distribution. He is a fierce protector of IP assets and brands as he audits, evaluates and ultimately strengthens company portfolios.

"We are thrilled that Rob is joining our team," said Matthew F. Burger, shareholder and chair of Buchanan’s Energy section. "I’ve worked with Rob on a number of cases and have been impressed with his analysis of legal issues and attention to client service. Our energy clients will benefit from his multi-disciplinary background, strategic thinking and strong advocacy skills."

"Buchanan has an exceptional reputation in the energy industry and I am thrilled to be a part of such a strong and respected team," said Wagner. "I believe Buchanan’s breadth and depth of experience in all aspects of the energy industry will uniquely position the firm to navigate businesses through the challenges and opportunities shaping energy markets in future years."

Wagner holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and a M.S. from the University of Michigan. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School and his B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College. As part of his Ph.D. dissertation, he built a table-top particle accelerator using some of the most powerful lasers in the world to validate decades-old theories and had the opportunity to present his work to international audiences. Wagner is actively involved in his church and various professional associations, including as member of the Advisory Committee for the Study of the Local Patent Rules for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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