Pierce Atwood Names Seven New Partners

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to announce that these seven attorneys have been named partners in the firm:

Christopher A. Baxter, based in Portsmouth, NH, is a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on advising clients on a wide range of patent issues. He has drafted and successfully prosecuted to issuance numerous patent applications, both domestic and foreign, for chemical, life science, mechanical, and software technologies. Chris graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law where he was editor of the UNH Law Review.

Christina M. Berkow, based in Portland, Maine, advises clients on a range of corporate and transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, private offerings, and general corporate representation, including drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and counseling clients with respect to corporate governance. Christina received her J.D. from New York University (NYU) School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.

Karishma Jiva Cartwright, based in Boston, focuses her practice on drafting and prosecuting software-based patent applications, including machine-learning algorithms and AI systems, for large and small corporations, startups, and universities. She also has experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions for technology areas such as business methods, financial methods, network communications, electronics, medical devices, and mechanical systems. Karishma graduated from UNH School of Law, receiving a J.D. with honors and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. She is the former vice president of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.

Peter P. Gelzinis, based in Boston, advises clients on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. He has extensive experience working with clients on complex transactions relating to the acquisition, disposition, financing, joint venture, leasing, and development of different types of commercial properties, including office, industrial, mixed use, multifamily, hotel and retail properties. He regularly negotiates purchase agreements and loan documents, performs due diligence, and manages the transaction through closing. Peter received his J.D. magna cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.

Olga J. Goldberg, based in Portland, Maine advises clients in complex state and local tax matters, including transaction planning and tax compliance. She represents clients on tax controversy matters from the administrative level through litigation and appeal or settlement. Olga’s practice covers all types of state and local taxes, including corporate income, business profits, franchise, sales and use, and property tax, with a focus on New England and Texas. Olga received her J.D. with honors from University of Texas School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law.

Kyle M. Noonan, based in Portland, Maine, represents clients in complex commercial litigation, including class actions and regulatory investigations. Kyle’s clients include companies in the finance, health care, construction, forest products, and telecommunications industries. Kyle graduated from George Washington University Law School with honors.

Beth H. Roberto, based in Boston, focuses her practice representing lending institutions in the structuring and documentation of commercial real estate loan financings in the multifamily residential, retail, hospitality, commercial and industrial sectors. Beth received her J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.

Pierce Atwood Managing Partner David E. Barry states, “This diverse group of new partners represents the best of Pierce Atwood.  Their advancement enhances the strength and depth of key practice areas across the firm and reflects our commitment to professional excellence and client service.  They are dedicated and talented lawyers, driven by their commitment to provide our clients with exceptional service, creative solutions, and strong results.”