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Overview

As Chair of KJK’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice groups, David helps a broad variety of companies, individuals and non-profits to protect their intellectual capital, including advising them on patent licensing, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfer, joint development agreements and social media issues.

Over his 35 years in practice, David has developed a reputation among his clients for his ability to keep the big picture in mind in every legal matter and communicate clearly even the most complex concepts impacting his clients. His approach is to encourage clients to take proactive steps to avoid legal issues before they arise.

Much of David’s civic involvement focuses on his leadership positions in religious organizations such as the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, where he is past president and a current board member, and Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, where he is the former chancellor and warden. He has also been active civically in the Human Rights Campaign, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, the ACLU of Cleveland and other organizations.

David also holds the position of KJK’s Administrative Partner, managing the administrative staff and acting as the firm’s General Counsel.

“So much of intellectual property work has to do with design and aesthetics. The visual training I got as an art history undergraduate student, and as my ongoing work as the co-owner of a design gallery today greatly informs the legal work I do for clients.” -David R. Posteraro

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1981
    • Case Western Reserve University Journal of International Law, Articles Editor
    • Canada U.S. Law Journal, Articles Editor
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graduate Studies in English Literature, 1978
  • Fordham University, B.A., English and and American Literature, Philosophy, 1978
    • Undergraduate English Award

Civic Involvement

  • Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, President and Board Member
  • Trinity Cathedral, Chancellor, Warden and Vestry Member
  • Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Executive Committee
  • Cleveland City Records Commission, Citizens Representative
  • Jane Campbell Mayoral Transition Team, Member
  • AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, Past President
  • ACLU of Cleveland, Trustee
  • Human Rights Campaign, Governor
  • HRC Federal Club, Co-Chairman

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Ohio State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Super Lawyers, 2006
  • Human Rights Campaign Leadership Award, 2006
  • Key to the Kingdom in Thanksgiving for Vestry Leadership 2009-2015

Presentations & Publications

  • “Intellectual Property Law for Churches,” Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, Chicago, Moderator and Speaker, 2011
  • “Trade Secrets,” American Corporate Counsel Association, Moderator and Speaker, 2002
  • “Intellectual Property,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Moderator and Speaker, 2001
  • “Technology for Real Property Practitioners,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Speaker
  • “The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act,” Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and Anderson Consulting Business Symposium, Speaker
  • “Licensing of Software: Some Common Problems,” Licensing Executives Society of Greater Cleveland, Speaker

Representative Experience

“I have worked with David Posteraro for over ten years. Throughout that time, he has consistently provided the expertise and attention we’ve needed on tough customer contract negotiations and other legal matters. He does it with professionalism and, thank goodness, humor!”

– Connie Clore, COO, Asurint 

“When I compare David to all the attorneys I have worked with over the years, there is no real comparison. He has taken the time to not only understand our industry but also the culture of Asurint. I enjoy our banter back and forth and there is no doubt he has improved my business acumen and my understanding of the legal aspects of business in a way that was thoughtful and informative. I cannot thank him enough for the business partner he have become to me.”

– Steve Palek, Chief Sales Officer, Asurint

  • Assisting clients with transnational patent, trademark and copyright licensing arrangements
  • Working with clients on matters relating to trademark, trade dress and copyright protection
  • Negotiated a long-term supply contract for an aviation equipment manufacturer
  • Advising clients on International Trade Commission Section 337 proceedings
  • Advising clients regarding confidentiality and non-circumvention agreements for doing business in China
  • Represented an international patent holding company in development of worldwide patent strategy
  • Represented a state gubernatorial campaign in connection with a claim of trademark and copyright infringement
  • Developing Intellectual Property Policies for major universities
  • Negotiated technology transfer agreements between a university and its affiliated professional schools
  • Advising clients on compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Providing counsel to religious organizations and churches regarding employment law, organizational matters, political activity and copyright issues