Raina S. Haque, JD
USPTO Registered Patent Attorney
Reg. No. 73,838
Raina is the founder and lead attorney of Erdős Intellectual Property Law. For her, creativity and critical analysis go hand-in-hand. She sees her practice as not just a profession, but a calling. She is an intellectual property attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has served as counsel to major healthcare and research institutions. She clerked in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina where she analyzed business litigation and drafted precedent-setting legal opinions that became the law of the Federal Middle District of North Carolina. Prior to joining the legal profession, she was a business analyst and software engineer at a major Wall Street financial firm in New York City, New York. She was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences in the Neurotoxicology and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance labs. At Wellesley College, her alma mater, she majored in bioinformatics.
Raina is not just a geeky techie--she devotes as much attention to history and creative writing. At Wellesley College, she minored in Middle Eastern studies. She has written several poems, short stories, and screenplays. Her favorite causes are those that seek to empower marginalized groups. She sees intellectual property law as a way to resist marginalization by connecting creativity to commercial prosperity.
Jon C. Mayhugh, JD
Jon focuses on counseling startups, businesses, and non-profits throughout the business cycle. His specialty is getting businesses investor-ready and closing licensing and royalty deals. Jon's love for all things "startup" led to his appointment as the attorney-fellow at the helm of the Wake Forest Community Law and Business Clinic. He is one of the leaders in crowd financing law in North Carolina. Jon is called upon to structure complex business transactions and securities across several technological fields and lends his expertise to the startups that are accelerated by the Center for Creative Economy, the Flywheel New Ventures Club, and the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center. Jon has also assisted the Wake Forest Veterans Legal Clinic, whose focus is helping North Carolina’s veterans with various legal issues.
Jon is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law and graduated cum laude with a degree in finance from the University of Central Florida. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jon was a senior associate with Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York City, New York, and was a director with a large non-profit organization in Fort Myers, Florida.
Ali James Portaro, JD
Alexandra James Portaro, is an attorney acting in a contractor capacity for Erdős Intellectual Property Law + Startup Legal for special projects that the Firm is undertaking in Q4 of 2017 and Q1 of 2018. She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she was the Publication Editor for the International Law Journal and assisted incoming first year law students as an Honors Writing Scholar. Prior to joining the legal profession, she translated for the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX and worked for Oscar de la Renta, where she helped trademark the shoe “The Charlotte” and manage runway shows. She received her undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University, where she majored in Art History and Spanish. She has a passion for art, fashion, and all things creative.