Fox Rothschild Boosts West Palm Office by 25 Percent

April 25, 2016 – Press Releases

Bolsters South Florida Presence with IP, Real Estate & Wealth Management Pros

In a move that significantly expands its West Palm Beach presence, Fox Rothschild LLP has welcomed several intellectual property, real estate and wealth management professionals to the office.

“We are thrilled to welcome this talented group, which effectively grows Fox’s West Palm office by nearly 25 percent,” said Office Managing Partner Amy S. Rubin.

Firmwide managing partner Mark L. Silow echoed Rubin’s sentiments, saying, “While our firm continues to strategically expand its national footprint, we believe it is important to ensure each geographic location is filled with top-notch talent who can service clients in a wide range of matters.”

Since its opening in 2005, and now home to 26 attorneys, Fox’s West Palm Beach office has been a hub of development, providing clients with a wide range of legal services. The firm was named among the “Top Firms” in the region by the South Florida Legal Guide.

The office’s newest members are:

  • Donald P. Dufresne, Partner, Real Estate
  • Michael A. Hyett, Partner, Taxation and Wealth Planning
  • Gregory A. Nelson, Partner, Intellectual Property
  • Amy A. Dobbelaere, Ph.D., Patent Agent

“IP is a strong area for us — in Florida and nationwide,” Silow said. “The experience that David, Gregory and Amy bring to the firm perfectly complements and augments our existing IP capabilities.”

“Donald’s background in real estate transactions and financing work for agricultural, commercial and residential properties, along with his niche work in equine law, will benefit our clients nationwide,” he added.

Silow noted that Hyett joins as part of a three-attorney team from Rothenberg Hyett Eisen & Lang, P.A., which had offices in Boca Raton, FL, and Atlantic City, NJ.

“This team enhances our range of practice areas offered in South Florida, which includes litigation, intellectual property, taxation and wealth planning, labor and employment, real estate, financial restructuring, bankruptcy and family law,” Rubin said.

Learn more about Fox’s newest South Florida members:

Dufresne has extensive experience in all phases of real property practice, including offering the full range of title services and handling the acquisition, development, sale, construction, leasing and financing of agricultural, commercial, condominium, assisted living, equestrian and residential properties. He has a particular focus in equine law and matters involving the equestrian industry. Additionally, he is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Dufresne earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to joining Fox, he was a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder.

Hyett brings more than 35 years of experience representing generations of high net worth individuals, creating and managing family charitable foundations and designing and fulfilling wealth strategies to meet client goals. He also represents public charities and advises small business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs on a wide range of real estate, corporate, commercial and partnership matters.

A graduate of Dickinson College, Hyett received his J.D. from New England Law in 1975, and an LL.M. in Estate Planning from The University of Miami in 1976. He is board certified in taxation by the Florida Bar Board of Certification and is a member of the New Jersey, Florida and New York State Bars.

Nelson strategically guides clients in all phases of patent, trademark and copyright law, including prosecution, licensing and litigation. His clients include technology companies and universities, which he assists in developing patent strategies related to medical devices, biotechnology, chemistry, materials science and computer and internet technology.

Nelson received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and his B.S.Ch.E from the University of Florida.

With a doctoral degree in molecular genetics, Dr. Dobbelaere handles patent prosecution for life sciences inventions by numerous universities and life sciences companies. Trained as a molecular biologist, she possesses extensive knowledge in molecular biology, gene therapy, virology, genetics, immunology, stem cell technology, pharmaceutical sciences, transgenic plants and animals and genomics.

Dr. Dobbelaere earned her Ph.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook and her B.S., with honors, from the University of Miami.

Prior to joining Fox, Nelson was a partner and Dobbelaere was a senior patent agent at Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP.

* Not currently admitted to practice in Florida.