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Russell D. Orkin
Director and Vice President
Webb Law | Russell D. Orkin
Webb Law | Russell D. Orkin


Russell D. Orkin, President of the Webb Law Firm from 1997 through 2012, is a veteran Intellectual Property attorney whose career is characterized by success in many IP areas, particularly materials science and agribiotech. Before joining The Webb Law Firm in the late 1960s, Russ worked in the steel industry as a metallurgical engineer/chief steelmaking metallurgist. Over the years, his work has ranged from protecting steelmaking processes to representing drug makers in disputes over pharmaceutical products. He is considered an authority in the area of plant patents and has helped many local and international breeders to secure protection for their agribiotech developments that include both food products and ornamental flowers, trees, and shrubs used in landscaping. During the Cold War era, he helped a plant breeder on the east side of the Berlin Wall to obtain patent licensing services from the west, and has continued to provide IP support for horticultural business and industry, which flourish today. He was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010.


Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, 1968
Illinois, 1966
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania


John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1965 J.D.

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1960 B.S.
Major: Metallurgical Engineering

Professional Associations and Memberships

Allegheny County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
U.S. Bar/Japanese Patent Office Liaison Council