David Shewchuk is the Acting General Counsel for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He serves as the principal legal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Shewchuk also supervises the Office of General Counsel and its three component offices: the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.
Mr. Shewchuk's permanent role is Deputy General Counsel for General Law. As Deputy General Counsel, Mr. Shewchuk leads an office of 30 highly-skilled attorneys and paralegals. The Office of General Law provides advice to USPTO clients on the full range of federal agency legal issues: fiscal, procurement, rulemaking, administrative law, labor and employment, and information law.
Prior to becoming Deputy General Counsel, Mr. Shewchuk spent eight years handling some of the USPTO’s most complex and challenging labor and employment law issues, first as Associate Counsel and then as Senior Counsel for Labor in the Office of General Law.
Mr. Shewchuk also worked for five years at the U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), including as the agency’s Deputy Solicitor. In the FLRA Solicitor’s Office, he defended the agency’s decisions against challenge before U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has also worked as a litigation associate in private practice, with a focus on professional malpractice defense.
Mr. Shewchuk received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from the College of William & Mary’s School of Law.