Luca Hickman is a registered U.S. patent attorney and a Canadian foreign trademark agent at Hender­son, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Myers. Though he holds a Juris Doctorate from the Ave Maria School of Law, it’s his undergradu­ate degrees in electrical engineer­ing that play a big role in his work.

“With a scientific background, I feel I’m better able to understand the unique technical and legal chal­lenges my clients face,” he says. Tm able to use that knowledge to represent engineers, architects and other design professionals against design defect and professional liability claims.”

Hickman also works with inventors, artists and musicians in high-profile matters, including mergers and acquisitions involving publicly traded companies and celebrities.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Begin with the end in mind, i.e., all of one’s actions should be directed in view of one’s final goal­ – what Aristotle called the telos (in English, the “final cause”).