Thomas L. Creel, a partner at Goodwin Procter for over six years, and former chair of the firm’s IP Litigation Practice, is retiring from the firm.
A nationally recognized patent litigator, Tom joined Goodwin Procter in March 2001, arriving from Kaye Scholer, where he co-chaired that firm’s patent litigation practice. He previously practiced at Kenyon & Kenyon for many years.
Tom arrived in Goodwin Procter's New York office at a critical juncture in 2001. Along with Fred Rein, and the attorneys from Schneck Weltman & Hashmall, he was instrumental in building the firm's litigation presence in New York. Especially noteworthy is the powerhouse of IP talent Tom helped to recruit to the New York office. As leader of the firm’s overall IP Litigation Practice, he guided the group through the firm’s reorganization in 2004 and helped to coordinate the litigation side of the IP Practice with the transactional side.
During his more than 40 years of active practice, Tom also taught the patent law course at Columbia University Law School for almost 20 years, served as president of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and served as an arbitrator/mediator for many years.
Tom’s post-retirement plans include focus on a new acting career. He is represented by the IFM and Ginger Dicce agencies and will be appearing in upcoming TV commercials and on The Onion News Network, the satirical on-line news source. On the legal front, he plans to expand his work as a arbitrator/mediator, having been approved to serve in such a capacity for numerous organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization, the American Arbitration Association and the Center for Public Resources. He expects to undertake such other legal tasks as the spirit moves him. Tom has also recently been hired by the Bloomberg News Network, the financial news service, to write commentary on cutting-edge legal issues and court decisions.
We wish Tom all the best in his retirement from Goodwin Procter and his new endeavors, and in recognizing his accomplishments on behalf of the firm.Regina M. Pisa
Chairman + Managing Partner of Goodwin Procter LLP