Paul Frank + Collins Hires Experienced Patent Attorney Michael J. Wasco, Expands Intellectual Property Practice

Burlington, VT - Paul Frank + Collins P.C. is pleased to announce the expansion of its Intellectual Property practice with the addition of patent attorney Michael J. Wasco. Mr. Wasco is a seasoned attorney with nearly 10 years of professional legal experience. He adds significant depth in the areas of patent, trademark, and intellectual property law to the Burlington firm’s slate of IP practitioners that serve local, regional, and national clients.

Mr. Wasco represents a diverse selection of clients from individual entrepreneurs and start-up technology entities to large organizations and universities. He presently serves as outside counsel for a Fortune 100 company, managing the preparation and prosecution of an extensive patent portfolio in oil & gas technology.  He has experience counseling clients on all facets of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, and copyright matters.  At PF+C, Mr. Wasco will assist the firm’s clients in obtaining, enforcing, and defending patent rights. He will also help develop comprehensive, strategic portfolios of IP rights, and help clients leverage their valuable intellectual property assets. “The expansion of the IP practice at PF+C  has been on the back burner of the firm’s strategic planning for a number of years,” commented Stephanie Mapes, the firm’s newly elected President, “and we are very excited to have someone as talented and experienced as Mike lead us into the future of this practice area. Intellectual Property law complements our other national and international level practice areas, which we brand as “Worldly Insight,” including our immigration and captive and insurance services practice areas.”

Mr. Wasco earned his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.  Prior to attending law school, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer for several years in semiconductor, biotechnology, and system and process automation industries.  This unique experience enables him to understand, identify, and deliver value add services to clients across the spectrum of size and technologies areas.  Prior to joining PF+C, Mr. Wasco was a Senior Associate at Hiscock & Barclay LLP, an NLJ “Top 250 Firm” in upstate New York.  

About Paul Frank + Collins

Formed in 1968, Paul Frank + Collins P.C. is a Vermont Law Firm with over 50 employees based in Burlington, Vermont.  The firm’s attorneys provide a wide range of legal services to commercial, institutional and individual clients throughout Vermont, the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Europe. Visit Paul Frank + Collins online at or by phone 802.658.2311 and connect via LinkedIn.