Why Choose Our Firm

ABOUT US – If you’ve met us already, you might have seen from our welcome that we are different. We speak different than most lawyers, we talk like you because we have been on your side of the table.  That’s because we are you — first and foremost, we are entrepreneurs, startup/business owners with families just like you who understand what it takes to start something, grow it, and turn it into something that improves the world.

Meet Our Partners

Quick Facts:

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 2012, William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

  • LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship,cum laude, 2014, from Duke University Law School, Durham, NC

  • B.I.S., magna cum laude, 2009, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • Licensed in Arizona and Hawaii

  • Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese

Business & Estate Planning Attorney

Brint Hiatt


Brint advises his business clients on entity formation and structuring, venture finance, business transactions, IP licensing, regulatory compliance, and insurance, financial and tax foundations. Besides being a licensed attorney and managing HPS Law Group LLC, Brint Hiatt is himself an entrepreneur that is passionate about helping businesses and founders achieve the goals that are important to them. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to managing business or personal risk, Brint and his team are creating unique systems for entrepreneurs to use in their legal planning, which can keep up with the ever-changing business environment, proactively positioning them for sustainable growth.

Brint began his career in entrepreneurship in 2005, and has broad commercialization and leadership experience working for venture-backed companies with domestic and international footprints, in both early and later stages, and augmented that experience by becoming a lawyer in 2013.

Brint is the lucky husband to his wife, and father to two sets of twins and a newborn. Brint spends most of the free time he can spare from his own family hosting workshops, and working with entrepreneurs, having been a mentor for the Phoenix chapter of the Founder Institute, volunteering on the Venture Ready Panel at the Arizona Commerce Authority, and also serving as a judge for the annual Duke Startup Challenge since 2014.

Patent Attorney

Clark Proffitt

Clark is a patent attorney certified in law, science and technology, concentrates his practice in representing clients in a broad range of intellectual property and patent matters, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, transactions, and business formation. Mr. Proffitt has broad experience in all aspects of intellectual property law and has performed trademark prosecution and patent prosecution for a range of technologies including medical devices and diagnostics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, software, semiconductor materials and electrical engineering.

Mr. Proffitt has significant experience before federal district courts, the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the International Trade Commission and the U.S.P.T.O. Mr. Proffitt occasionally speaks Spanish and served a church mission to the Latin community in Miami, Florida and Served two months as counselor and assistant to Ashanti Ashram in Coimbatore, India in 2004.

In 2013, Mr. Proffitt fell off a cliff while hiking Zion’s National Park, providing valuable insight into the kind of legal work he’d like to do in his career. Prior to forming Accelerate IP, Mr. Proffitt was a Steve Lisa Fellow at Arizona State University’s Technology Transfer Office, and practiced for eight years at a boutique intellectual property firm.

Quick Facts:

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Certification in Intellectual Property Law, 2008, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • B.Sc., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Licensed in AZ
  • U.S. District Court, Arizona 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (2010); U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2011)
  • Fluent in Spanish

Quick Facts:

    • J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law

    • MBA in Finance from Western International University

    • BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University

    • Licensed in AL

Intellectual Property Attorney

Burt Skiba

Burt Skiba is a licensed attorney specializing in intellectual property law, he has extensive experience in mechanical engineering and advising clients on various aspects of intellectual property law.  He advises a wide range of companies in all manner of transactions involving intellectual property matters. Mr. Skiba assists clients with patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other IP related business counseling. He specializes in early-stage startups helping establish and implementing your business’s intellectual property plan.

Mr. Skiba has significant experience taking an invention from concept to helping with the design and then turning that design into a patent application. In addition, Mr. Skiba has extensive experience in trademark law and has helped businesses develop their brand and protect that brand once established.

During law school, Mr. Skiba worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center and a large law firm where he wrote multiple patent applications on a broad range of technologies. Prior to law school, Mr. Skiba worked as a mechanical engineer for 11 years, and has extensive technical experience with complex systems such as turbine engines, rockets, and missiles. While as an engineer Mr. Skiba received his MBA in Finance. Mr. Skiba uses his engineering and business experience within his law practice to help his clients protect their ideas, processes, and methods building value in your company. Mr. Skiba has formed three startups of his own and knows what it takes to protect your IP. 

Mr. Skiba spends his free time with his wife and four kids, coaching baseball and football, and taking his kids golfing.

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123 North Centennial Way
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Mesa, AZ 85201
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