About Our Firm

Gardella Grace represents clients from start-ups to multinational corporations in a customized, personal manner that differs from those of larger IP firms. Our professionals bring a variety of perspectives to each matter due to our uniquely broad experience in IP enforcement and patent procurement.

The Gardella Grace team has directed multinational enforcement campaigns, procured large international patent portfolios, defended and defeated patents in post-grant proceedings, licensed IP portfolios, developed and implemented defensive and risk mitigation strategies for large corporations, and executed trade secret protection programs.

Our Leadership

Greg H. Gardella

Post-Grant Proceedings | Patent and Trade Secret Litigation | Patent Procurement

Mr. Greg H. Gardella is the Managing Principal of Gardella Grace and spearheads the firm’s Post-Grant Proceedings practice.  He is recognized as a premier national expert in the field of post-grant proceedings. This aptitude derives from a synergy developed through years of experience as a litigation attorney as well as years of experience in patent prosecution.


His combined background as litigation attorney, prosecution attorney, and post grant attorney has further positioned Mr. Gardella as a premier IP strategist. Mr. Gardella specializes in developing and coordinating assertion efforts, valuation and monetization efforts, and trade secret protection programs on behalf of the firm’s clients.


Mr. Gardella has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for multiple consecutive years and has received various awards and recognition from Managing IP Magazine, Intellectual Asset Management, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.

Natalie J. Grace

Patent Procurement | Post-Grant Proceedings

Ms. Natalie J. Grace, Principal, has worked hand-in-hand with Mr. Gardella for more than a decade to build strong portfolios on behalf of the firm’s clients. Ms. Grace specializes in coordinating with the firm’s post-grant and litigation efforts to bolster clients’ defensive and offensive positions through rapid, strategic patent procurement.


Ms. Grace relies upon engineering skills built during a nearly decade-long career in software design to successfully develop strong patent invalidity positions used in the firm’s post-grant petition filings through deep, thoughtful analysis of prior art combinability and thorough explanation of methods and motivations to combine prior art. These skills further aid in identifying holes in combinability arguments presented by both patent examiners and post-grant petitioners as well as in identifying inconsistencies and inaccuracies presented in declaration evidence supplied by experts.

Cook Alciati

Patent and Trade Secret Litigation | Post-Grant Proceedings

Mr. Cook Alciati, Principal, specializes in intellectual property litigation with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. He derives a unique understanding of clients’ needs and concerns from years of in-house experience including efficiently and effectively coordinating a major patent litigation campaign involving industry-wide infringement of company’s patents. This intimate insight into underlying business concerns allows him to coordinate with clients to develop litigation strategies aligned with their key business values.


Mr. Alciati regularly represents clients in district courts around the country and represents clients in inter partes review proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His practice also involves representing clients in appellate matters, principally before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Our Patent Professionals

Hon. Robert J. Morad


Honorable Robert J. Morad serves as a Magistrate Judge in Michigan’s 52nd District Court and also maintains a private practice in the areas of commercial litigation and criminal law. Mr. Morad has tried over 90 cases to jury verdict and has handled numerous arbitrations. In his private practice, Mr. Morad handles complex business cases and white collar defense in both federal and state courts. Prior to joining Gardella Grace, Mr. Morad practiced at the law firm of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone where he worked in the commercial litigation group and the white collar crime group. Mr. Morad’s extensive courtroom experience makes him adept at navigating through the civil litigation process as well as the criminal justice system.

Chad E. Ziegler


Mr. Chad E. Ziegler is a registered patent attorney with over twenty years of experience litigating complex patent infringement, trade secret, and trademark actions in Federal Court.  Throughout his career, Mr. Zeigler has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving complex scientific technology in various fields including genetics (RNA interference), electrical engineering (power systems for Hadron Collider at CERN), pharmacokinetics (drug metabolites) and computer science (CDMA and codecs).  Mr. Ziegler also has extensive experience with patent prosecution, patent studies and other opinion work, particularly in the fields of biotechnology and organic chemistry.

David H. Vance, Ph.D.


For over 25 years, Dr. David H. Vance has been immersed in life science-based intellectual property.  This experience includes preparing and prosecuting large US and worldwide patent families both as in-house counsel and as a consultant for pharmaceutical companies.   He has provided counseling for the in-licensing of technology, freedom-to-operate opinions, competitive analyses, and drug candidate protection.  Dr. Vance has helped companies develop business-focused patent strategies.  Further, his IP experience goes beyond life sciences and includes a diverse array of subject matter such as mechanical devices, graphene production, organic light-emitting diodes, and chemical sensors.

Patrick J. Halloran, Ph.D.


Dr. Patrick Halloran is a registered patent attorney and has served as an advisor and counselor in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life science fields for more than 25 years. His diverse experience involve counseling large, mid-size, and start-up pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as universities and investment groups. His expansive technical, legal, and industry expertise has guided client work on in-license and out-license targets, freedom-to-operate and validity opinions, infringement assertions, trademark registration, and patent prosecution. Throughout Dr. Halloran’s career, he has been a leading advisor for both domestic and international intellectual property and has worked extensively with outside counsel that span the globe including countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Joseph D. Hodler


Joseph Hodler is a registered patent attorney working equally in litigation and transactional matters. For over a decade he has engaged in dozens of patent suits in federal courts and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Cases involve various fields: open-source software, operating systems, financial models, cellular communications protocols, microchips, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and aseptic processing.


In transactional matters, he helps clients develop and protect purposeful ideas by securing intellectual property registrations and shaping collaborative relationships. He has represented start-ups, multinational companies, industrial designers, artists, and academics, in building, managing, and licensing their portfolios. He primarily prosecutes patents in the fields of software, interactive design, and industrial design.

Our Support Staff

Areas Of Expertise

Intellectual Property and Related Litigation

Our multiple-award-winning team has been recognized for its creativity, talent, and ability to resolve complex disputes quickly and efficiently. Gardella Grace P.A. is known for its innovative legal strategies involving patents, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and business litigation. Our lawyers have regularly notched victories for clients in bet-the-company matters having stakes ranging from millions to billions of dollars.

Intellectual Property Procurement and Transactions

Gardella Grace’s transactional group specializes in the procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights on behalf of a wide array of clients, from major international corporations to tech start-ups. We have scores of years of collective experience prosecuting, or obtaining, intellectual property in the biotech, chemical, industrial, medical devices, financial, energy, materials, communication and technology sectors. Our team can handle virtually any technology. Our lawyers also architect, negotiate and draft agreements across these sectors.

Post-Grant and other Administrative Proceedings

Our team has handled some of the highest stakes post-grant matters ever adjudicated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, having served as lead counsel for both challengers and IP owners in well over one hundred proceedings. Gardella Grace’s breadth of experience across litigation and prosecution matters is a particularly valuable asset in these matters, which involve hybrid administrative proceedings that have aspects in common with both litigation and prosecution.

The Gardella Grace team combines uncommonly broad intellectual property expertise with unparalleled technical ability.

Areas of Expertise Meet Our Team