Biographies

Stuart E. Benson

Mr. Benson (Of Counsel) represents foreign and domestic clients in intellectual property and international trade matters. He has broad experience in U.S. trademark law, domain name law, section 337 litigation of intellectual property rights, customs law, international trade agreements, and international contract negotiation.
Areas of Practice: Trademarks, International Trade
  • Phone: (202) 261-1030
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: sbenson@mdslaw.com

Stephanie C. Cutler

Stephanie Cutler joined Manelli Selter PLLC in 2009 after 20+ years as a business, corporate and real estate lawyer for large national firms, most recently at Holland & Knight, LLP. She is the resident partner at the Firm's Fairfax, Virginia office.
Areas of Practice: Real Estate Transactions, Corporate and Business Transactions
  • Phone: (703) 272-7948
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: scutler@mdslaw.com

Eliot J. Halperin (In Memoriam)

Mr. Halperin passed away in December 2015. Mr. Halperin joined Manelli Selter PLLC in 1997 after nineteen years at Graham & James LLP, where he was a partner since 1981. Previously, he was an official of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Areas of Practice: Transportation & Shipping, Maritime Law, Administrative Law
  • Phone: Office Mgr. (202) 261-1034
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: Office Mgr. at ljcardea@mdslaw.com

Daniel J. Manelli

Mr. Manelli (Of Counsel), after nine years as a partner at Graham & James LLP, established Manelli Selter PLLC. His practice is focused on regulatory matters involving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trade association law and legislation.
Areas of Practice: Food and Drug Administration, Legislation, Environmental Law, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety
  • Phone: Office Mgr. (202) 261-1034
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: Office Mgr. at ljcardea@mdslaw.com

Jeffrey S. Melcher

From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Melcher worked in the Isotopes Department of Aldrich Chemical Company, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as an organic chemist. Mr. Melcher obtained a B.S. degree in Chemistry/Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984.
Areas of Practice: Patent prosecution, Intellectual property counseling
  • Phone: (202) 261-1045
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: melcher@mdslaw.com

Deana E. Rose

Ms. Rose (Of Counsel) joined Manelli Selter PLLC in March, 1997 where she continues her practice in maritime, transportation, competition and administrative law. She is an experienced litigator.
Areas of Practice: Transportation & Shipping, Maritime Law, Administrative Law
  • Phone: (202) 261-1016
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: drose@mdslaw.com

Michael H. Selter (In Memoriam)

Mr. Selter, a founding partner of Manelli Selter PLLC, passed away in March 2016. Mr. Selter was involved in all types of civil litigation at the trial and appellate level.
Areas of Practice: Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Employment Litigation, Employment & Consulting Agreements, Trade Secrets
  • Phone: Office Mgr. (202) 261-1034
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: Office Mgr. at ljcardea@mdslaw.com

Leon R. Turkevich

Mr. Turkevich joined Manelli Selter PLLC as a partner in 1999. Mr. Turkevich has been practicing patent law since 1988, and has counseled numerous clients in Internet technologies.
Areas of Practice: Patent Prosecution, Intellectual Property Counseling
  • Phone: (202) 261-1059
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
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Paul E. White

Mr. White was a partner for 7 years in the intellectual property law firm of Cushman Darby & Cushman, LLP and for 5 years in the intellectual property group of the international law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP (now, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP).
Areas of Practice: Patent procurement, Licensing and business agreements related to intellectual property, Infringement, validity and patentability opinions, Post Grant Proceedings, Patent term extensions, IP audits including due diligence reviews of IP assets, IP development, management and commercialization
  • Phone: (202) 261-1050
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: pwhite@mdslaw.com

Edward J. Stemberger

Mr. Stemberger joined Manelli Selter PLLC as a partner in March 1997 and has drafted and prosecuted numerous utility and design patent applications covering a broad range of mechanical, mechanical/electrical, semiconductors and medical devices. Mr. Stemberger has significant experience in preparing applications relating to automotive equipment, power operated tools and electric power generation systems.
Areas of Practice: Patent Prosecution, Intellectual Property Counseling
  • Phone: (202) 261-1014
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: stemberger@mdslaw.com