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Electrical engineering past gives Schlevensky a jolt

By: Beth Kevit, [email protected]//September 30, 2015//

Electrical engineering past gives Schlevensky a jolt

By: Beth Kevit, [email protected]//September 30, 2015//

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Eric Schlevensky draws on his more than a decade of experience as an electrical engineer when working with clients to meet their intellectual-property needs.

Schlevensky, a 2008 graduate of Marquette University Law School, is a non-equity shareholder at Milwaukee-based Boyle Fredrickson and specializes in trademark applications, patent prosecution and general intellectual-property counseling.

“As an engineer, we don’t always think of obtaining a patent as a top priority,” he said.

But those patents are critical for businesses to thrive, Schlevensky said. He chose to enroll in law school after meeting his wife, who also is an attorney, and deciding to reduce his travel obligations while continuing to make use of his technical training.

His experience in product development—and as an inventor who has secured two patents—helps him discuss the technical aspects of clients’ products in great detail while staying removed enough from the process of creation to orchestrate patent applications and respond to possible difficulties.

“I can understand their time pressures and what they’re going through on the development cycle,” he said.

Schlevensky also spreads his knowledge of intellectual-property law by teaching fundamentals courses for fellow attorneys, as well as for various engineering groups. Speaking at an annual Boy Scout Law Day event about copyright and computer law, he helps budding lawyers understand his profession. His commitment to his community has meanwhile led to a position on the council of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

His dedication to his clients earned him the election to non-equity shareholder after seven years with the firm, and he said he wants to continue to build upon his reputation for being a conscientious lawyer.

“I’d like to be able to provide a good service at a good value for them that will protect their interests,” he said.


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