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Oral Caglar is an Associate General Counsel specializing in intellectual property, technology transfer, and research-related legal issues. He is the lead for the Research Affairs Practice Group and a member of the Business Affairs Practice Group. Mr. Caglar received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. After working in that field, he attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was the Chief Production Editor for the Law Review and a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. Upon graduation, Mr. Caglar joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, & Hampton in its Intellectual Property Group. Subsequently, he accepted a position with Honeywell Aerospace, ultimately attaining the position of Senior Intellectual Property Counsel.

Mr. Caglar is a member of the American Association of Corporate Counsel, the National Association of College & University Attorneys, and the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association.

 

Adam Cochran is an Associate General Counsel and member of the Research and Business Affairs Practice Groups who specializes in Intellectual Property. Mr. Cochran is a Patent Attorney who provides legal support in patent, copyright, trademark, licensing, and related matters for various divisions and administrative departments as well as JPL. Prior to joining Caltech, Mr. Cochran was General Counsel at Vestar, Inc. (now merged with Gilead Sciences), and was previously a partner in the Los Angeles patent firm of Nilsson, Robbins and an associate in the Olson, Trexler patent firm in Chicago.

Mr. Cochran graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry and Business Administration from Hanover College, an M.S. from Purdue University and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.

 

Chantal Morgan D'Apuzzo is an Associate General Counsel specializing in intellectual property. She is a member of the Litigation and Risk Management and Research Affairs Practice Groups.  Dr. D’Apuzzo manages patent litigation cases and provides legal advice to the Institute in matters involving research.  She is counsel to the IRB, IACUC, and IBC research review boards and works with researchers to respond to government requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Prior to returning to her alma mater Caltech, Dr. D'Apuzzo advised clients with patent prosecution matters at Finnegan and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati P.C., and patent litigation at Munger, Tolles and Olson. She clerked for the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer in the Central District of California, assisting the Judge with complex patent cases.

Dr. D'Apuzzo earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Princeton University, a doctorate in biochemistry from Caltech, and a law degree from Stanford Law School.  Dr. D'Apuzzo is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted in the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California as well as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association.  She is a former active member of the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court in Los Angeles and the Federal Circuit Bar Association, with which she did pro bono work for veterans and sat on the Bench & Bar Conference planning committee.

In 2013, Dr. D’Apuzzo was a finalist for the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award by the Los Angeles Business Journal and named one of Pasadena’s Top 100 Attorneys by Pasadena Magazine.

 

David Dayan is an Associate General Counsel and member of the Business Affairs Practice Group. Mr. Dayan specializes in all aspects of corporate law including such diverse matters as contracting, financing, and technology agreements, as well as tax and development issues. Mr. Dayan began his career practicing corporate law at Dewey Ballantine in New York and has also practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. Prior to Caltech, he was a partner at a boutique corporate law firm representing start-up and early stage emerging growth companies in a wide range of legal matters.

Mr. Dayan received his undergraduate degree with distinction from Cornell University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law where he was on the Editorial Staff of the Journal of International Law and Politics.

 

David A. Flores is an Associate General Counsel specializing in government contract law issues as well as campus housing, facility and construction law. He is the group lead for the Business Affairs Practice Group, a member of the Education and Workforce Group and the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. Prior to joining Caltech's Office of the General Counsel, Mr. Flores negotiated contracts for JPL's Magellan, NSCAT, and Topex projects. Mr. Flores was also a bid protest attorney with the Government Accounting Office. 

Mr. Flores earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC). He received his J.D. from USC Gould School of Law where he was a co-chairman of the U.S.C. La Raza Law Students Association. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. 

 

Ann Martin is an Associate General Counsel specializing in labor and employment law and is the group lead for the Education and Workforce Practice Group. Ms. Martin previously worked at Caltech as the Director of Employee Relations. Prior to joining Caltech, she was an Associate at the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker practicing in its Labor and Employment Group.

Ms. Martin earned her undergraduate degree in History from UCLA.  She received her J.D. cum laude from Loyola Law School where she was a member of the International and Comparative Law Review. She is admitted to practice in California.

 

Kerry Dolan Slater is an Associate General Counsel specializing in environmental, health and safety, and agreements among universities.  She is a member of the Education and Workforce, and Research Affairs Practice Groups. Prior to joining the Caltech's Office of General Counsel, Ms. Slater clerked for The Honorable Kim Wardlaw at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Prior to her clerkship, Ms. Slater practiced government contracts and employment law at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington D.C. 

Ms. Slater is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar. Ms. Slater is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Washington D.C. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Association of Corporate Counsel. 

 

Tina M. Tran is an Associate General Counsel specializing in litigation and employment matters. Ms. Tran is a member of the Education and Workforce Group and the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. Prior to joining Caltech's Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Tran was a litigation and employment partner of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP where she specialized in counseling and litigation on all areas of employment law and complex commercial business litigation.

Ms. Tran earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

 

Hima Vatti is an Associate General Counsel specializing in Risk Management representing Caltech in litigation matters.  She is the group lead for the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group and a member of the Research Affairs Practice Group. Prior to joining Caltech, she served as the Associate Director of the Office of Research Integrity & Assurance at Cornell University, as an attorney in the Litigation Group at the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and as a trial attorney and member of the Attorney General's Honors Program in the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, organizing villages in initiatives to improve water sanitation and healthcare.

Ms. Vatti earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, D.C., and California. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

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