Who We Are: Adjunct Faculty

Innovation and extrepreneurship teaching at Pitt Law is supported by a powerful roster of adjunct professors who work with innovators and entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh region.


  • Rodney Akers, Esq. (telecommunications law).
  • Lynn Alstadt, Esq., sharedholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (patent law).
  • Heather Batzel, Esq. (commercializing new technologies)
  • C. Allen Black, Esq. (biotechnology law).
  • Christian Ehret, Esq., senior associate with the Webb Law Firm (patent law).
  • Elliot Dater, Esq., partner with Schnader, Harrison, Lewis & Segal (law and entrepreneurship).
  • Ralph Fischer, Esq., counsel with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (patent law).
  • Adam Kelson, Esq., partner with Saul Ewing (understanding the legal services marketplace).
  • John McIlvaine, Esq., shareholder with the Webb Law Firm (patent law).
  • Matthew Pritchard, Esq., founder, Surge IP LLC (trademark law).
  • Stephanie Sciullo, Esq., Mine Safety Appliances (in-house law practice).
  • Marcy Smorey-Geiger, Esq. (in-house law practice).
  • Steve Tanzilli, Esq. (Dean, Rowland School of Business, Point Park University) (entertainment law)
  • Peter Watt-Morse, Esq., partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (IP licensing).

The IPI is grateful for substantial volunteer support from the following practicing attorneys:


  • Eric Davis, Esq., partner with Elliott & Davis.
  • Michael Lazzara, Esq., partner with K&L Gates.
  • David Lehman, Esq., partner with K&L Gates.
  • David Oberdick, Esq., Of Counsel with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott.
  • Richard Rinaldo, Esq., Of Counsel with Williams & Coulson.
  • LaurĂ©n Shuttleworth Murray, K&L Gates