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Yasmine Salem Hamdan

Yasmine Salem Hamdan is a brand protection lawyer, business strategist, & educator in business & entrepreneurship.

She is also the founder of Coaches & Company, a legal startup & media company providing entrepreneurs with the educational resources & tools needed to protect themselves legally in business.

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Shahed Kader

Shahed took a different route to law. Before launching the practice, he worked in sales and growth for software companies for 10 years while attending law school at night–giving him an exceptional understanding of software business transactions and needs.

Shahed received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his Juris Doctor from New-York Law School’s Evening Division. He has been featured in the ABA Journal for his efforts in modernizing the legal job market with alternative legal careers and is a mentor for multiple startup incubator programs. Shahed’s clients range from early-stage software startups to publicly listed software businesses requiring general counsel services in their day-to-day legal needs.

Shahed is well-reviewed on lawyer listing services because of his unique understanding of software businesses.

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Lauren Becker

Lauren R. Becker is a Dallas labor and employment and litigation attorney who focuses her practice on a range of matters in complex business and labor and employment arenas. Ms. Becker’s practice is divided between litigating labor and employment and commercial business disputes, counseling employers on a broad range of labor and employment matters, performing labor and employment due diligence in connection with business acquisitions and sales, negotiating executive employment and related agreements, and drafting employee handbooks and employment policies.

Ms. Becker represents national and international business clients, as well as senior executives, across a wide range of industries, and regularly litigates matters in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She is well versed in litigating tort, commercial and corporate litigation actions in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations. Ms. Becker has represented businesses in multidistrict litigation (MDL) matters, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act claims, breach of contract suits and other complex litigation. Ms. Becker also regularly represents clients in matters involving claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), wage payment disputes, employment discrimination and harassment claims, covenant not to compete claims and trade secret defense issues.

During law school, Ms. Becker clerked at the Office of Solicitor General for the Texas Attorney General. She also served as co-president of the Baylor Law School Women’s Legal Society and
spent two years coaching the student client counseling team.
Mrs. Becker graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in International Relations and Spanish and then got her Law Degree from Baylor Law School.

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Joel Roberson

Joel E. Roberson is a Washington, D.C., attorney and a member of the firm’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. Mr. Roberson’s practice focuses on public policy development,
legislative advocacy and regulatory compliance with a strong emphasis in technology policy, as well as food and drug law. He has significant experience in bipartisan coalition building, strategy
development and high-stakes negotiation on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and trade associations.

Mr. Roberson advises high-tech clients on emerging public policy and regulatory issues, including self-driving cars, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), cybersecurity, privacy and data breach response. Mr. Roberson has extensive experience working with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop policy to support the integration of autonomous vehicles, drones and advanced air mobility. He is well-versed in preparing clients to testify before Congress, including congressional investigations into data breaches. Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Roberson served as a law clerk for the
House Judiciary Committee where he prepared members of Congress to debate the first reauthorization of the Patriot Act.

Additionally, Mr. Roberson advises healthcare and nutrition clients on public policy and regulatory issues, including the regulation of food, pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and medical gases. He has assisted clients to enact legislation reforming the way the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves and regulates OTC drug products. Mr. Roberson regularly advises clients on food safety, including implementation of the Food Safety
Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Farm Bill. Mr. Roberson has drafted healthcare legislation, provisions of major FDA reform bills and amendments to pending legislation that have been enacted into law. He also helps clients prepare public comments to federal agencies and establish internal regulatory compliance programs.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Roberson worked within the elected leadership offices of the U.S. House of Representatives for former Congressman J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) and former Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio). In this role with Congress, he prepared major legislation for floor debate, including development of debate strategy, creation of key messages and distribution of floor briefings for members of Congress and congressional staff. In the immediate wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Roberson led three groups of volunteer law students to both Mississippi and Louisiana to provide volunteer legal services. The students worked on various legal issues including home owner’s insurance, foreclosure, succession, criminal, immigration and administrative law issues as well as providing basic services to those in need.

Mr. Roberson went to Duke University for this B.A. followed by Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Brandon Bloom

Brandon Bloom is a tax attorney in Holland & Knight’s Dallas office. He focuses on providing sophisticated tax planning for private equity fund formation and structuring, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, restructurings, joint ventures and financing transactions.

Mr. Bloom advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies, hedge funds, family offices and public companies, as well as closely held private companies and partnerships. He represents clients in a variety of industries and has significant experience advising clients in the energy and real estate sectors.

Mr. Bloom got his J.D. from University of Oklahoma College of Law followed by his LL.M. at University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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Robert Hill

Robert S. Hill is a Dallas intellectual property (IP) attorney who focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex patent litigation cases.

Mr. Hill has litigated in a wide variety of technology areas, including image processing software, audio codecs, database software, e-commerce software, cache management software, wireless communications technology, enterprise communication systems, adaptive streaming technologies, electrical device shock protection technologies, global positioning systems, micro-electro-mechanical systems, medical imaging technology, data bus architecture, light emitting diodes, quantum dot technology, televisions, printer technology, hearing protection devices, chemical storage systems, specialty petrochemical products, fracking logistics technologies, wearable device technologies, pharmaceutical products, drug risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS), and biotechnology products, including emulsion polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and other high-throughput sequencing and diagnostic technologies.

Mr. Hill also represents clients in cybersecurity investigations and litigation, as well as in other non-patent business litigation involving technology issues, including false advertising, theft of trade secret, breach of contract and software license audit matters. In addition, Mr. Hill has experience serving as lead counsel in antitrust litigation. Mr. Hill further has extensive experience litigating Hatch-Waxman cases.

Mr. Hill represents clients in district and appellate courts across the country, as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Mr. Hill is a member of the 5G Technology Initiative of Holland & Knight’s Technology & Telecommunications Industry Sector Group. He regularly writes and speaks about the intersection of next generation wireless technologies with other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence/machine learning and blockchain technologies, and the legal issues associated with these areas. Mr. Hill is also a member of Holland & Knight’s industry sector crossover initiative between the Technology & Telecommunications and Healthcare & Life Sciences groups, focusing on digital healthcare issues.

In addition, Mr. Hill advises clients on a broad range of IP transactional issues, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret licenses, joint development agreements, master service agreements, master technology agreements, co-manufacturing agreements, technology asset purchase agreements and endorsement contracts. Mr. Hill also advises clients on IP and technology aspects of finance, venture capital, representation and warranty (R&W) insurance, contingent legal risk insurance, aircraft finance, and private equity merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Hill handled IP matters for a global law firm in its Los Angeles office.

Mr. Hill graduated summa cum laude Harvard University with a A.B. in Biology followed by cum laude Harvard Law School.

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Cate Reynolds

Catherine Reynolds focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent and trademark litigation. She has experience in a wide variety of technologies, including telecommunications, software and semiconductor device fabrication as well as prosecution and non-infringement analysis experience in inorganic and organic chemical compositions and
processes; downhole oilfield compositions, processes and machinery; and pharmaceutical and medical devices.

Mrs. Reynolds attended Oregon State University and then was cum laude at Southern
Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

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Hillary Kramer Lynch

Hillary Lynch serves businesses and entrepreneurs as a
commercial litigator and employment law advisor. Hillary has more than a decade of civil litigation experience in federal courts, state courts, and arbitrations resolving disputes in a diverse range of conflicts: employment, real estate, professional liability, product and premises liability, and oil and gas. Her record includes obtaining summary judgment dismissals, advantageous settlements, favorable verdicts, and positive appellate rulings.

Hillary is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Hillary’s employment litigation experience includes cases concerning: the Texas Labor Code; the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title VI. She has won numerous dispositive motions in both state and federal courts representing the following diverse client base: social media dating app; product manufacturers; commercial landlord; title company; attorney and law firm; accountants; owners of retail premises and petrochemical premises.

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Matt Acosta

Matt Acosta is a complex commercial and Intellectual Property
litigator and adviser experienced in a variety of matters, including those involving breaches of contract, trade secret and unfair competition, patent and trademark litigation, breach of warranty, banking, and insurance. His litigation practice includes counseling clients at every stage of the trial process, including developing cost-effective litigation strategies, reducing the burdens of discovery, negotiating favorable settlements, and representing clients at trail. Matt has litigated cases throughout the country, including in Illinois, Florida, Utah, Delaware, California, and Texas.

Matt has also practiced before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and appeared before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation.

In addition to his trial practice, Matt assists clients in developing Intellectual Property strategies and protection. This includes navigating the costs and benefits of trademark, trade secret and patent protection, performing infringement and liability analyses, and providing general IP counseling. Matt has represented and advised a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in the consumer electronics, biomedical, internet service, mobile application, and telecommunication technology spaces.

Following law school, Matt clerked for the Hon. Leonard Davis, Eastern District of Texas,. While in law school, Matt interned for the Hon. Walter Smith Jr., Western District of Texas, Waco Division, as well as the Hon. Robert Pemberton, Texas Third Court of Appeals – Austin.

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Mark Melton

Mark Melton is a tax attorney in Holland & Knight’s Dallas office. He focuses on corporate and federal income taxation issues related to domestic and international transactions of private equity and hedge funds, as well as other investment partnerships, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts (RETs) and operating businesses.

More specifically, Mr. Melton assists clients with investment fund formation, deal acquisition and disposition structuring, financial instruments and derivatives, and audit representation. He is experienced in a broad spectrum of tax issues such as complex partnership allocations, mergers and acquisitions, inbound and outbound cross-border investments, and investments by sovereign wealth funds, tax-exempt entities, international organizations and other institutional investors.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Melton served as a fund tax manager for a multibillion-dollar international private equity group. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a Level Il candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.