Gavin J. Milczarek-Desai, Ph.D., Partner / Tucson Office Managing Partner


Gavin Milczarek-Desai, Ph.D., Tucson Office Managing Partner, has successfully prosecuted patent and trademark cases for hundreds of clients. Possessing a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and having performed graduate research at the Arizona Cancer Center, Gavin has extensive knowledge of complex chemical, molecular, and genetic technologies used in research and in clinical as well as agricultural applications. Furthermore, as skilled as he is in the biomedical and chemical arts — protecting intellectual property in fields such as agrochemicals, microbial fuel cells, and thin-film photovoltaics — his education and years of experience have empowered him to understand and serve a wide variety of patent and trademark needs for national and international clients, including research, medical, and educational institutions, agrochemical companies, and engineering and technology companies in general.

Gavin has long been interested in treatments and cures for cancer, but rather than going into medicine after engaging in research at the Arizona Cancer Center for six years, he decided that he wanted to help translate the fruits of research to actual use. He observes that nearly everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another, so he became a lawyer to facilitate the development of basic medical research, first in oncology and then for any potential breakthrough in biology and chemistry.

Aside from his duties as managing partner of the Tucson office, Gavin also chairs the office IP Practice Group and the Office Recruiting Committee, while also sitting on the firmwide IP Alerts Committee and the Opinion Letters Committee.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Arizona–James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 2000)
  • University of Arizona (Ph.D., 1997)
    • Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Sigma Xi (Grant Recipient)
  • Bard College (B.A., 1991)
    • Major: Biology
    • Kellner Scholar
    • Bard Research Fellowship

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • University of Arizona James E. Rodgers School of Law (Adjunct Professor 2011)
  • Founding volunteer attorney for the Quarles & Brady IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell BV® Peer Review Rated
  • Named one of eight Inside Tucson Business "Up and Comers" for 2008
  • Named by Tucson Business Edge to Tucson's "Forty Under 40"