Graham Pechenik

Prior to founding Calyx Law in 2016, Graham gained over a decade of experience obtaining and defending some of the country's most valuable patents, representing numerous companies in the agricultural, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, and technology industries.

Graham has worked on litigation teams challenging high-profile patents in court, including Monsanto's patents on GMO crops, Apple's on touchscreen devices, Microsoft's on FAT file systems, and Amgen's on recombinant EPO.

Graham's pro bono experience includes non-profit incorporation and asylum representation, and he was part of a team that represented the governments of several foreign nations in a tax case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

An Oakland, California native, and a longtime advocate of cannabis reform, Graham was involved in the campaign for Proposition 215 in 1996, and has experience in cultivation starting from 1997.

In his spare time, Graham enjoys motorcycling, snowboarding, foraging for wild mushrooms, and reading with his two cats.

Prior Experience

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

  • Kaye Scholer LLP


  • New York University, J.D. (2005)

  • University of California, San Diego, B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Cognitive Science with specialization in Neuroscience, with distinction (2002)


Additional Training

  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Summer School on IP, Geneva, Switzerland (2010)

  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, D.E.J.E.I. (International Law Diploma), mention assez bien (2005)

Admissions & Memberships

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Reg. No. 67,000)

  • California State Bar

  • New York State Bar

  • National Association of Patent Practitioners

  • International Cannabis Bar Association​

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