Meet the Team

Deep experience in partnering with clients to
successfully build, prosecute and monetize patent portfolios.

Bruce E. Garlick
Bruce E. Garlick
Founding Partner

Bruce is a founder of Garlick & Markison and has been a licensed patent attorney since 1992. He holds multiple degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a J.D. from The University of Texas, Austin. Bruce is admitted to…

Timothy W. Markison
Timothy W. Markison
Founding Partner

Tim is one of country’s most accomplished patent attorneys having architected billion-dollar patent portfolios for several clients and has drafted more than 3,000 patent applications with an issuance rate over 95%. Tim is also one of the country’s most prolific…

Shayne X. Short, Ph.D.
Shayne X. Short, Ph.D.
Partner

Shayne Short is a partner of Garlick & Markison, was a registered patent agent in 1999 and has been a licensed patent attorney since 2001. He received B.S. (Cum Laude), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from Texas…

Bruce Stuckman, Ph.D.
Bruce Stuckman, Ph.D.
Of Counsel

Bruce Stuckman has been Of Counsel to Garlick & Markison since 2005 and has been a licensed patent attorney since 1993. Bruce specializes in building commercially valuable patent portfolios in high-tech fields, including telecommunications, electronics, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, web…

Kelly Hale
Kelly Hale
Attorney

Kelly has been a licensed patent agent/attorney since 1992.  He holds a B.S. in Chemistry & Engineering from Idaho State University, and a J.D. from the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver. Kelly focuses on preparing and prosecuting patents…

Patricia Markison Healy
Patricia Markison Healy
Attorney

Patty has been a registered patent agent since 2014 and a licensed patent attorney since 2016. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University (Cum Laude) in 2013 and a J.D. from Arizona Summit Law School (Summa…

Edward J. Marshall
Edward J. Marshall
Attorney

Ed Marshall has been a licensed patent agent/attorney since 2000. He graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and a J.D. in 2003. Over the course of his legal career, Ed has…

H. Shannon Tyson
H. Shannon Tyson
Attorney

Shannon Tyson has been a licensed patent attorney since 1995. He holds a. B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a J.D. from The University of Texas, Austin. Shannon’s practice currently focuses on the procurement of…

Katherine C. Stuckman
Katherine C. Stuckman
Patent Agent

Kate has been working at Garlick & Markison since becoming a licensed Patent Agent in 2015. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 2013 and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford…

Tim D. Taylor
Tim D. Taylor
Attorney

Tim joined Garlick & Markison in 2010 as an intern and has been a registered patent agent since 2017. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2015 and a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor…

Melanie Murdock
Melanie Murdock
Sr. Paralegal / Administrator

Melanie joined Garlick & Markison in November 2007 as a paralegal. Melanie obtained an Associate of Accounting degree in 1984, a paralegal certificate in 1989, and the Certified Legal Assistant certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 1991….

Kathryn (Katie) McCrossen
Kathryn (Katie) McCrossen
Paralegal

Katie joined Garlick & Markison in 2010 as a Paralegal, and currently provides support for three patent attorneys/agents. From 2008-2010, Katie was a contractor with Garlick & Markison with the responsibility of reviewing issued patents. Katie graduated from Louisiana State…

Debbie Watson
Debbie Watson
Paralegal

Debbie joined Garlick & Markison in 2011 as a Paralegal, and currently provides support for three patent attorneys.  Prior to that, Debbie worked as a legal secretary, legal assistant and paralegal with various law firms since 2000 and has worked…

Beth Pierotti
Beth Pierotti
Paralegal

Beth joined Garlick & Markison in 2013 as a Paralegal, and is responsible for US docketing, assists with foreign docketing and database management, as well as providing paralegal support to the patent attorneys/agents. Beth received her B.A. in Sociology (Cum…

Kimberly Douglas
Kimberly Douglas
Paralegal

Kimberly joined Garlick & Markison in 2016 as a Paralegal, and currently provides support for four attorneys. Kimberly worked as a legal secretary, legal assistant and paralegal for various boutique and multinational law firms prior to joining Garlick & Markison. …

Anna Neinast
Anna Neinast
Litigation Paralegal

Anna joined Garlick & Markison in 2021 as a litigation paralegal. She has over 37 years of experience as a litigation paralegal and most of those years have been focused on patent and civil litigation. Anna holds an Electrical Engineering…

Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Karen joined Garlick & Markison in 2012 as an administrative assistant.  She is responsible for the preparation and initial review of weekly docket reports, secondary docket verification for not only incoming USPTO correspondence but also new U.S. patent application and…

Robert W. McMurtrie
Robert W. McMurtrie
Intern

Rob joined Garlick & Markison in 2021 as an intern. He received his B.S. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2005 and an MBA with a focus on Information Systems Management from Wayland Baptist University in 2015. Rob is currently in…

Rachal Hittson-Smith
Rachal Hittson-Smith
Assistant

Rachal started working with Garlick & Markison in 2014. Rachal graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Amy Markison
Amy Markison
Assistant

Amy started working with Garlick & Markison in 2014.  Amy obtained Associate Degrees in Culinary Arts from Maui Community College in 2009 and Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, AZ in 2013. Amy is the oldest daughter of founder, Tim Markison.

Alyson (Aly) Garlick
Alyson (Aly) Garlick
Assistant

Aly started working with Garlick & Markison in 2016. Aly is currently a Junior at Texas A&M studying Electrical Engineering. Aly is the daughter of founder, Bruce Garlick.

Isabel Short
Isabel Short
Assistant

Isabel started working with Garlick & Markison in 2020. She attends Texas A&M University and is pursuing Aerospace Engineering with two levels of honors. Isabel is the oldest daughter of partner Shayne X. Short.

Logan Spearin
Logan Spearin
Assistant

Logan started working with Garlick & Markison in 2017.  Logan will graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2022.