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Legal Team

HGE is supported by an excellent group of legal advisors. To learn more about our team, please read below.

James H. Hancock, Jr. 

James H. Hancock, Jr.

James H. (Jim) Hancock, Jr. is a Partner in Balch & Bingham's Energy section. His practice is focused primarily on the licensing and relicensing of hydroelectric power projects under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act, including license compliance and administration, relicensing, Clean Water Act compliance, water withdrawals and project joint uses, water rights, shoreline management and environmental issues. He has also been involved in most legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting the hydropower industry over the past 15 years.

Mr. Hancock also advises clients on federal election law issues, including registration and administration of political action committees, lobbying registration and campaign finance. Mr. Hancock has testified before Congress on hydropower legislation and is a frequent speaker on issues affecting the hydropower industry.

James D. Petruzzi 

James D. Petruzzi

James D. Petruzzi received his bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering with honors from the University of Texas and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. Jim worked with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, a San Francisco-based national law firm and concentrated in litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property matters and antitrust. Jim also worked with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, an international general practice law firm in the Dallas, Texas area exclusively litigating patent, trademark and copyright matters. Jim is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice in Texas, California, and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Petruzzi has litigated patent, trademark and copyright cases in courts throughout the United States and has significant courtroom and arbitration experience presenting cases before judges and juries and at the American Arbitration Association and has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

Charles Cella 

Charles Cella

Charles Cella, co-founded GTC and is a recognized thought leader and leading practitioner in the patent and licensing fields. He provides patent strategy, licensing and technology-transaction services to a broad range of clients, from industry leading software companies to single-inventor startups.

Prior to GTC, Charles founded and was CEO of BountyQuest, an Internet marketplace for information relevant to the strength, validity or applicability of patents and for which he recruited investments from Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly, among others. Previously, Charles was the first patent attorney at Foley Hoag LLP, where he grew the practice to twenty-five people and advised high-tech and biotech firms of all sizes on building IP portfolios and negotiating technology transactions. Charles holds a A.B. in Physics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia's School of Law.

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