The Stevens community mourns the loss of alumnus and Board of Trustees member Martin C. Fliesler, Esq., 69, who passed away on July 27, 2012 after a very brave four month battle against a rare and aggressive cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma.
“Marty was a long-time supporter of Stevens who has touched the community in countless ways through his incredible enthusiasm, commitment and generosity,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “His passing is a great loss.”
As a Board of Trustees member since 2007, Fliesler was instrumental in expanding Stevens’ presence on the west coast, especially the Bay Area, by connecting the University’s leadership with its large alumni network. He was also committed to enhancing and supporting Stevens’ entrepreneurial activities.
“Marty was a tremendously kind and caring spirit who was exceptionally dedicated to Stevens,” said Stevens Vice President for Development Ed Eichhorn. “He will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him.”
“We can credit Marty for so much of what we have built in the Bay Area,” added Assistant Vice President for Development Dawn da Silva. “He was extremely enthusiastic about Stevens and did whatever he could to bridge the energy from Hoboken with fellow alumni on the west coast. He always made time for his work for the Bay Area alumni group. Marty and his leadership will be missed.”
Born in the Bronx, Fliesler earned his B.E. from Stevens and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. After starting his career in intellectual property law as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Fliesler founded San Francisco-based Fliesler Meyer LLP, a law firm specializing in high technology and intellectual property law. As founding senior partner, he represented scores of national and international high technology clients including Oracle, Apple, Yahoo! and Xerox in all phases of intellectual property law and its application to free market U.S. and worldwide economic markets.
A member of the California and New York bar associations, Fliesler served as chair of the model patent jury instructions working committee for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, which helped explain complex patent law to juries. He was also chair of the magistrate judge merit selection panel for this District Court, as well as president of the San Francisco Bay Area intellectual property association.
Fliesler is survived by his wife of 44 years, Roselle, two children, Stephanie and Elliot, and five grandchildren.