advocate with technical know-how, legal experience, and military leadership
As a prior active duty military officer in the
U.S. Coast Guard, Edgar Gonzalez is known for his ability to bring people
together to achieve resolutions, both in and out of the courtroom, and for
providing solutions to policy makers and program managers on complex, technical
matters. He brings these skills for problem solving and coalition building to
Patterson + Sheridan, where he handles intellectual property litigation as well
as patent preparation and prosecution.
Before joining the firm, Edgar served five
years as a JAG military attorney advising the Coast Guard, the Department of
Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community on
national security and cyber law matters including law enforcement and
intelligence operations, intelligence oversight programs, the implementation of
intelligence systems, and the development of risk-management frameworks for
data privacy. He handled a variety of litigation matters including representing
service members on administrative boards and advising on criminal and civil
proceedings. In addition, Edgar handled major internal investigations and led
the agency’s review of corporate transactions for the Committee on Foreign
Investment in the United States (CFIUS) covering critical technologies,
critical infrastructure, and sensitive personal data.
This military experience proved to be a unique
legal training ground for his IP practice: it required earning the trust of
senior leaders and commanding officers as a junior attorney; it meant negotiating
with international partners and understanding cultural nuances; and it involved
managing teams when responding to emergent situations and national emergencies.
attorney with deep knowledge in chemistry, cybersecurity, and data analytics
Prior to law school, Edgar was a research
chemist in the oil and gas industry, where he worked with a variety of chemical
applications for oil services including upstream, downstream, and drilling
fluids. He also worked alongside engineers in the material science group, where
he leveraged his background in chemistry and mathematics to aid with research
and development. During his undergraduate studies, Edgar was a Welch Chemistry
Research Scholar focusing on biochemistry and biosensor development, and he was
a summer research scholar at Baylor College of Medicine.
Edgar is currently working towards a graduate
degree in cyber intelligence and data analytics from the National Intelligence
University. He is proficient in computer programming algorithms and studies machine
learning and artificial intelligence technologies.
In his free time, Edgar enjoys spending
quality time with his wife and young daughter. He also enjoys playing and
teaching the piano and guitar.
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