Manuel J. Velez
Chair of the Philanthropy and Development Committee, Intellectual Property Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Manuel Velez is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice in Mayer Brown's New York Office. He has B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biology. His practice focuses primarily on patent infringement litigation and PTAB proceedings in such areas as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices. Manuel has extensive experience litigating Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA cases. In this regard, his experience runs the full gamut, from conducting pre-case assessments to managing litigations for innovator companies in high-stakes cases in federal courts. In this role, Manuel has argued at Markman and many other hearings, including those for motions for summary judgment, motions for sanctions, and motions to compel. He also performs due diligence in connection with M&A transactions, including providing freedom-to-operate opinions.
Manuel served as a law clerk to Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí, US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Manuel is a member of the New York Office's Hiring Committee and Pro-Bono Committee.