With an entrepreneurial flair and a background in systems engineering and e-commerce, David thrives on guiding clients through complex legal issues, identifying business opportunities, and protecting their IP.


David draws on his experience as an IP lawyer to help clients build and manage their IP portfolios across a broad range of industries while mitigating risks. He advises on IP and technology-related issues across the broad spectrum of litigation and business law, with a focus on obtaining patents for technology, manufacturing and consumer goods companies. A former patent examiner, he offers a unique perspective to strategically direct prosecution to cover competitor products, develop licensing opportunities and strengthen enforceability.

In-house counsel and inventors rely on David to guide them through product design and development, facilitate invention harvesting exercises, and identify whitespace for forward-looking innovations. David also negotiates IP and technology-related agreements, provides technical guidance and conducts due diligence to support evolving business demands.


David has extensive experience managing patent and trademark portfolios across a broad range of industries, including high-tech, finance, transportation, health care, and sports and recreation.

He has helped clients procure hundreds of patents in the computer, electrical and mechanical arts encompassing cutting-edge technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality applications, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics and automation systems,, medical devices, and autonomous vehicles. He analyzes invention disclosures, prototypes and commercial products to render opinions on patentability, trademark, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity.

David was appointed as a 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, which identifies high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds. LCLD is an organization of more than 220 corporate chief legal officers and attorneys who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.

Further nurturing leadership skills and his commitment to diversity, David mentors through the Capital Innovators program, participates in the Regional Business Council's Young Professionals Network, Leadership 100, and is active in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, including as Central Regional Governor in 2013-2014.

An adjunct professor at Southwestern Illinois College, David teaches upper-level courses on intellectual property and business law. He frequently presents on IP and patent issues, with a focus on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"How COVID-19 is Changing Technology," Stinson LLP Webinar, February 2021

"How COVID-19 is Changing Technology, Sports and the Law," Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar, September 11, 2020

"Fast Data and Sports: How Sports Data is Reshaping How We Look at the World," MCCA Global Tec Forum, April 2019

"AI and the Law," Missouri Bar's 2018 lex | Port Tech Conference, October 2018

"Artificial Intelligence and the Law," Missouri Bar's Spring 2018 Mini Law School Program, March/April 2018

"Rise of the Machines: The Next Generation of Data Modeling," MCCA Global Tec Forum, April 2018

Co-Presenter, "Intellectual Property and the Juvenile Products Industry," JPMA Baby Show, March 2018

Co-Presenter "Caveat Emptor: The Need to Conduct IP Due Diligence," Association of Corporate Counsel St. Louis Chapter CLE, June 2017

Moderator, "Looking through the Clouds to Catch the Rain: Discussing Powerful Tools and Different Approaches to Relationship Building," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Central Regional Conference, St. Louis, MO, August 2017

"Light and Shadow – the Evolving Interplay between Patents and Trade Secrets," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2016

"Rising Waters: Practical Tips on Making It Rain," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, November 2015

"Practical Considerations for a Corporate IP Department," Minority In-House Counsel Association Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2015



Top 100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed in Business, St. Louis Small Business Monthly, 2024

Best IP Attorneys, St. Louis Small Business Monthly,  2023

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Capital Innovators, Mentor, 2013-Present

Missouri Asian American Bar Association, Board Member, 2009-Present

Regional Business Council's Young Professionals Network, Leadership 100, 2014-Present

St. Louis Sports Commission, Associate, 2012-Present

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

  • Central Regional Governor, 2013-2014
  • Annual Convention Host Committee Co-Chair, 2012-2013


  • Missouri
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


The George Washington University Law School, J.D.

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

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