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An accomplished patent attorney, Joe counsels corporations worldwide on strategic intellectual property programs.

Having devoted his career to client intellectual property matters, Joe handles opinion work, guidance and patent licensing for large agricultural and biotech companies. He has served as lead counsel on global client portfolios such as the agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto (now Bayer), guiding intellectual property strategies on herbicides and biotech seed products for the company.

Joe’s extensive background spans both in-house and private practice, as well as working closely with international outside counsel. Collaborating with legal teams, he also acts as a critical advisor and consultant for attorneys within the firm.




  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
      • SMU Law Review, Staff and Board of Editors
      • Phi Delta Phi
  • B.S., Missouri State University
    • cum laude
    • Chemistry and Economics
      • Omicron Delta Epsilon


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Missouri
  • Arizona
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Served as lead counsel handling international intellectual property (IP) for Monsanto Company (now Bayer), responsible for global IP portfolio covering herbicides.
  • Worked closely with international outside counsel – specifically in Argentina, Brazil, India, China and Australia – in development and maintenance of value capture systems for Monsanto Company (now Bayer) biotech seed products.
Outside the Office

Joe enjoys golfing, hiking, cooking and reading.

Longtime avid golfers, Joe and his wife spend much of their free time on the golf course. They also hike the foothills in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joe enjoys cooking, reading fiction and visiting his two daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren in the Kansas City area.

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