Carl M. Bennett (of counsel)
Carl Bennett is Of Counsel to Pitts & Lake, P.C. and currently practices in the area of intellectual property law. He assists clients in the acquisition, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights as well as the licensing of intellectual property. He was an equity partner of a large international law firm and later a founding partner of a boutique law firm in Phoenix, Arizona prior to joining Pitts & Lake, P.C.
Before going to law school, Mr. Bennett started his professional career as an accountant working primarily as an auditor in the Memphis office of Haskins & Sells, CPA’s (then a “Big 8” CPA firm later known as Deloitte Haskins & Sells, and now known as Deloitte Touche Tomatsu). He joined Cook Industries, Inc., then a “Fortune 200” company dealing in merchandising, storage and shipping of commodities, starting as an accounting manager, then promoted to southwest region accounting manager, and later to assistant controller, serving as the manager of the U.S. accounting group and the coordinator between the accounting group and the information technology group. Mr. Bennett uses his accounting background to assist clients in the calculation of damages in intellectual property litigation.
In the 1980’s, Mr. Bennett formed and managed a computer software development company that developed, sold and installed complex and highly-integrated computer systems designed to run on mainframe computers, and later modified to run on micro computers. His responsibilities included the design, documentation, testing and installation of the company’s computer systems.
Mr. Bennett served as an electronics technician in the United States Air Force at military bases in the U.S., the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam where he installed, monitored and maintained telephone multiplexing and microwave radio transmission equipment used in military communications networks, similar in operation to the Bell telephone systems maintained in the U.S. at that time. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Mr. Bennett worked as an instrumentation technician in Proctor & Gamble’s automated Pringles plant in Jackson, Tennessee repairing and installing electronic controller devices that controlled the flow, speed, thickness, temperature, pressure and other aspects of the automated manufacturing process.
- Intellectual Property
Education and Academic Honors
- University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, Juris Doctor
- University of Missouri, Kansas City, M.B.A.
- University of Tennessee, B.S. (major in Accounting)
- State of Tennessee (currently active)
- State of Arizona (currently inactive)
- State of Kansas (currently inactive)
- State of Missouri (currently inactive)