Ulmer & Berne Grows Chicago, Cleveland Offices With Attorney Additions

CLEVELAND - Ulmer & Berne LLP has announced the addition of attorneys in its Chicago and Cleveland offices. The addition of Business Litigation associate Givonna L. Long marks the continued expansion of the firm's Chicago presence, while Douglas J. Gordon joins Ulmer & Berne as a Cleveland-based associate in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice, adding critical depth to the firm's capabilities in that area.

Long comes to Ulmer & Berne from Novack and Macey LLP and Gordon joins the firm from Thompson Hine LLP.

Long, 36, concentrates her practice in commercial litigation. She has represented a wide range of clients in disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, securities fraud and breaches of non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, among others. She also has extensive experience representing clients before industry arbitration panels, recently defending a CEO against allegations of securities and common law fraud, piercing the corporate veil and breach of contract in an action before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, stemming from an agreement to purchase the controlling interest in a publicly held corporation. Long earned her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Gordon, 43, is a registered patent attorney and concentrates his practice on the preparation and prosecution of electrical, software, and green energy patent applications, the drafting of patent validity and infringement opinions, and the creation of technology licensing agreements. He has experience in a number of technology fields, including software development, hardware design, video engineering, routers and network architectures, voice and data switches and telecommunication infrastructures. Gordon is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned his B.S. from Tufts University and his J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Ulmer & Berne, established in 1908, is a full-service Midwest regional law firm with more than 180 attorneys in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Chicago. For more information, visit