Our Alumni

April Besl '07April Besl

April Besl is an associate in the intellectual property department at Dinsmore and practices with the licensing and enforcement and entertainment law practice groups. Her practice focuses on non-patent intellectual property issues, including trademarks, copyrights, social media, Internet law, advertising and trade secrets. She services a diverse portfolio of trademarks and copyrights for domestic and international clients, ranging from large corporations to individual entrepreneurs. April has experience assisting clients with emerging issues related to the impact of social media, the web and technology on their business and marketing strategies. She also helps clients to protect and enforce their trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property from misuse via social networking sites, Internet search engine optimization strategies and keywords, and misuse on mobile devices and other emerging technologies.

April received a bachelor’s degree in management from Miami University in 2004 and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2007. She is the acting president and vice president of CincyIP and a member of the U.S. Subcommittee of the Non-Traditional Marks Committee with the International Trademark Association.

James Casey '88James Casey

James Casey is a research manager and attorney based in San Antonio, TX. He has worked in the field of research administration since 1994 and over the years worked at major research universities (Northwestern, Wisconsin) and emerging research institutions (Bradley University, UT-San Antonio). Most recently he was assistant vice president for sponsored project administration at UT-San Antonio where he was responsible for developing, implementing and leading pre- and post-award areas of grant, contract, industrial and international agreements and research administration.  He is a member of the advisory board for the School of Law's Program in Law and Technology and the State Bar of Wisconsin's Communications Committee. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1988, where he was a member of the Dayton Law Review, and has been a member of the Wisconsin Bar since 1990. This spring he is receiving a certificate of commendation from the Wisconsin Bar for his September 2012 Wisconsin Lawyer article entitled, “Jury Service-Through an Attorney’s Eyes.”

He serves on the planning committee for the International Research Collaborations project convened by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at the National Academies and is a former executive board member of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership. A member of the National Council of University Research Administrators since 1995, James is a past and present member of its board of directors and is the former senior editor of NCURA Magazine. In 2009, he received the NCURA Distinguished Service Award.

He views international research administration as a necessary component of a successful career. Internationally recognized for his expertise, he has presented on areas of research management in 11 foreign countries. He also presently serves on the interim executive committee of the AAAS BMENA Bioscience Forum, which is designed to link scientists in the Broader Middle East and North Africa region with scientists in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Kelly Henrici

Kelly Henrici '94

Meet Kelly Henrici, Executive Director of the Program in Law and Technology

Kelly Henrici ’94 serves as Executive Director of Dayton Law’s Program in Law and Technology. In her role as Executive Director, Kelly leads the law school’s efforts to market, enhance and manage the Program. She is most recently credited with launching the law school’s first Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Law Clinic, which provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in an area of law tailored to their career interests. The inaugural class of clinic students provided free legal advice to the winners of the University of Dayton’s Business Plan Competition and others in the University community.

Kelly teaches several other courses in the Program in Law and Technology, including Video Game Law and Conflict Management & Alternative Dispute Resolution, from a business and intellectual property perspective. Kelly believes "it's all about the students! I enjoy watching them master the material. Then, it all comes together in the Clinic when those students are able to take all they've learned and apply it to real clients with real legal needs. It's truly magical."  

The Program also regularly provides continuing legal education, such as symposia and seminars, including the most recent 23rd Annual Seminar on Significant Developments in the Intellectual Property Law of Computers and Cyberspace. Kelly enjoys planning and hosting these extremely informative events with the assistance of Nan Holler-Potter (pictured right). “Our speakers are always engaging and leaders in their field of practice," Kelly says. The upcoming symposium in October will feature Professor Oliver Goodenough from Vermont Law School, who will discuss creative solutions to current intellectual property law issues in light of Congressional gridlock.

Outside of the classroom, Kelly just stepped down as the longstanding Chair of the Dayton Bar Association’s Law & Technology Committee and is Chair-elect of the University of Dayton’s Athletic Advisory Board.

In addition to her professional interests, Kelly is an avid runner and cyclist and is an active volunteer for several charities.

Perry Reynolds '09Perry Reynolds

Perry Reynolds is associate general counsel at Sogeti USA. He supports Sogeti’s domestic and international business with responsibilities spanning from corporate to intellectual property law. He also teaches business law and litigation at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. Prior to joining Sogeti, Perry worked at LexisNexis as a business information consultant.

He received an A.A.S. in web development from ITT Technical Institute in 2002, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University in 2005 and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2009. Prior to attending law school, Perry worked as a software developer and graphic designer. He is a member of the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association.

Brian Sullivan '10Brian Sullivan

Brian P. Sullivan is an attorney at the Law Office of Thomas E. Lees in Dayton. A registered patent attorney, Brian focuses his practice on counseling clients about U.S. and foreign patent matters, including portfolio management, prosecution and IP enforcement. His practice also includes trademarks, copyrights, branding and intellectual property litigation and support.

Prior to attending law school, Brian worked as a field applications engineering specialist. During that time, he lived in Silicon Valley, Chicago and Dayton, and supported digital designers across the United States in the design and use of Altera field programmable gate arrays. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton in 1995 and a J.D. and an LL.M. degree in intellectual property and technology law from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2010. Brian is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association.

Ted Wood '98Ted

Ted Wood is a partner at Parks IP Law, where he practices patent law and leads the firm's grid industry group in the Washington, D.C., area. He previously was a partner at the Washington law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, and received a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1998. Prior to practicing law, Ted achieved the rank of major with the U.S. Air Force. He is now a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves.

With nearly 30 years of microprocessor, computer networking and communications experience, he assists innovators with protecting and leveraging their work while ensuring marketplace exclusivity. Ted's patent practice handles matters such as patent application preparation and prosecution, reissue, reexamination and appeals. His subject matter expertise includes electronics, computer graphics, architecture and networks, wireless communication systems, e-commerce and Internet applications, GPS services, automotive systems and medical devices. He has published numerous articles and has spoken at various events, including the 2012 Smart Grid Security Summit.