Patent Attorney Greg Popowitz, Litigation Partner Eric Assouline, and Legal Assistants Ana Hesny and Juliana Alvarez all toast to Greg Popowitz’s promotion to Partner at Assouline & Berlowe, P.A.
Being an attorney was never in his long term plans. Growing up in South Florida, Greg Popowitz helped his father build wood projects around the house. He also had the opportunity to take a Manufacturing class in junior high school. Being able to construct (and sometimes deconstruct) projects took him down a path towards engineering. Greg loved being able to see how things work, whether it was a simple mechanical pencil or changing the rotors on an automobile’s brakes.
With that in mind, Greg applied to the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia (or “GT” for short). Greg started his freshman year of college in 1998 and chose to major in mechanical engineering.
At Georgia Tech, Greg learned about the complexities of design, manufacturing, and failure analysis, just to name a few. He also learned how important it was to work in a team environment. Georgia Tech’s diverse student body afforded Greg the opportunity to work with students across the country and the world. Greg also learned how to effectively manage his time given the highly technical and aggressive curriculum. The study skills Greg acquired at Georgia Tech would pay handsome dividends for Greg down the road in law school.
After graduating from Georgia Tech in 2002, Greg began to work for Visteon Corporation, a former subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. Greg worked on drive shafts in the driveline systems division, based near the Motor City, Detroit Michigan. Greg’s first rotation at Visteon started in the plant where he worked as a product engineer on current model designs. Greg was involved in troubleshooting both design and manufacturing issues, which included Six Sigma principles. Greg presented his findings to high level executives at Ford Motor Company. Greg also worked on forward model designs, where he conducted durability tests and helped launch the driveshaft for the 2005 Ford Mustang.
During his time at Visteon, a colleague received a patent on a new driveshaft that used a “slip in tube” design. Greg started asking questions about patents and how a patent protects new inventions. Greg spoke to Visteon’s in-house counsel, who happened to be a registered patent attorney. For the first time, this sparked Greg’s interest in attending law school in order to become a patent attorney.
In 2006, Greg applied and was accepted at Nova Southeastern Law School (NSU). Greg also took and passed the patent bar exam in order to become a registered patent agent. Greg interned at an Intellectual Property law firm in order to learn the practical sides of patent law.
While interning, Greg saw firsthand how important a well crafted patent is when challenged in major patent litigation. At NSU, Greg also had the opportunity to interview both George McGovern and John Anderson, former Presidential candidates.
After graduating from NSU (cum laude) and becoming a registered patent attorney, Greg worked at a large Florida law firm handling complex mortgage related litigation. While the work was challenging, Greg quickly learned he wanted to focus more of his practice on IP and have more direct access to help clients on the front lines.
Then, Greg accompanied his wife, Bankruptcy Attorney Ashley Popowitz, to a lunch, where he met Ashley’s friend and colleague, Eric Assouline. Eric and Greg, who both shared an immense love for cars, immediately hit it off. Eric wanted to find a way that Greg could add to the already highly talented IP and commercial litigation team at Assouline & Berlowe, P.A.
In 2013, Greg was offered an associate position at the Firm. Greg’s practice centered on two main practice areas: patent, trademark, and other related Intellectual Property prosecution matters; and commercial and business litigation matters. On the IP side, Greg was able to speak to clients from the initial intake to delivering a registered trademark or issued patent. Greg has seen small businesses grow and become recognized brand names. Greg has been able to play a small role in helping businesses and entrepreneurs protect their inventions and brands and also create assets in the form of IP. On the litigation side, Greg has been able to help clients bring a wide array of claims and also assist clients in defending similar claims. While each case is different, Greg has learned to assess the nature of the case and help the firm’s clients achieve their long term goals. Greg has also been involved in a handful of appeals involving the firm’s cases, which has allowed him to work closely with Eric Assouline to assist in writing appellate briefs regarding orders and judgments involving our clients.
In April 2018 Greg will already be with Assouline & Berlowe for five years. Greg has learned a great deal during his limited time at Assouline & Berlowe and he is surrounded by a wealth of talented attorneys and staff geared towards helping the firm’s clients maximize their results.
Assouline & Berlowe is honored to promote Greg Popowitz to Partner and we are all excited to see how Greg can continue to engineer his and the firm’s success for years to come.
Keep up the Good Work Greg!