Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that George Likourezos ’95 has been selected as the alum of the month for April. Mr. Likourezos is a leader in his profession, was an active member of the Touro Law community while attending law school, and remains engaged with the law school as a member of the Alumni Council and by participating in a number of fundraising events as well as a number of programs for current students. His accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to George Likourezos.
George Likourezos, 1995
Partner, Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP
George Likourezos is a 1995 graduate of Touro Law Center. George grew up in Brooklyn with his parents Vasilios and Vasiliki and brother Antonios. His father and mother immigrated to the United States from Sparta, Greece in 1969 and worked long hours in a hotel and a clothing factory, respectively, to ensure a solid education for their two sons. George attended Soterios Ellenas Parochial School in Park Slope, before attending Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge and Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn. George attended Polytechnic on a full scholarship after winning an essay contest in 1987 sponsored by the University in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and its impact on science and engineering. While at Polytechnic, George studied electrical engineering and also took engineering management courses. He graduated in 1992 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Operations Management, before beginning his legal studies at Touro Law Center in the fall of 1992.
It was during his junior year at Polytechnic that George started to think about different careers he could pursue with an engineering degree, aside from engineering. One day at the Career Services Office he read an article about patent lawyers. The article described the patent law profession and specifically how patent lawyers assist individual inventors and companies in obtaining patents for their inventions. George was intrigued about this profession and decided that he should become a patent attorney. He realized that as a patent attorney he will be able to use his engineering background to read engineering blueprints and communicate on a technical level with inventors and engineers, and also be proficient in the law to counsel and guide inventors and companies in protecting their inventions.
At Touro Law, George was a staff writer for The Restatement and its Editor-in-Chief during his third year. Also during his third year, in 1994, he was awarded by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association the prestigious Hon. William C. Conner Intellectual Property Writing Competition award. The winning paper was later published by the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society (JPTOS) in its June 1995 issue. George had additional legal papers published in JPTOS and several other legal Journals during his law career.
After his first year at Touro Law, George was eager to get hands-on experience in the patent law profession. He was an intern at Casella & Hespos after his first year of law school during the summer of 1993. The following summer, he was an intern at the Intellectual Property (IP) law firm of Wyatt, Gerber, Burke & Badie. In the fall of 1994 he worked for the IP firm of Dilworth & Barrese. George became an associate at Dilworth & Barrese a year later after having taken the New York and New Jersey bar exams, and also the Patent Agent’s Exam administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In 2002, he joined the new law firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt (CDFS) as an associate. George became a partner two years later and has seen the firm grow from ten lawyers in 2002 to more than 40 lawyers today. At CDFS, George oversees IP matters for large Fortune 500 companies, as well as for individual inventors and small-to-midsize companies. During his patent law career, he has been successful in securing many U.S. and foreign patents for his clients in areas such as computer networks, digital electronics, communication systems, speech and pattern recognition, electrical circuits and components, acoustics, optical scanning and imaging, business methods, and semiconductor devices including semiconductor manufacturing. He is also a co-inventor on seven U.S. patents.
George is admitted in the Courts of the States of New York and New Jersey and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He and his wife, Maria, who is also an attorney, live in St. James, NY with their two daughters, Vasiliki and Katherine.
Today, George stays in touch with several of his Touro Law professors, attends Touro Law alumni events and is a member of the Touro Law Center’s Alumni Council. His firm has been a consistent sponsor of the Touro Law’s Annual Goods and Services Auction and the Annual Susan M. Dietrich Clyne ’88 Memorial Golf Outing. He has also supervised law interns from Touro Law at his law firm.
George’s advice to current Touro law school students is “Stay focused and always keep your goals in sight. Touro Law will provide you with the legal training to ensure that you have a very rewarding legal career.” He also states, “Remember Touro Law after you graduate by giving your time and money to help future Touro Law students also realize their goals.”