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As an undergraduate at Cornell University, Meyer Gross LAW 1961 completed 210 credits while simultaneously undertaking a law degree. Perhaps because he was already moving towards law, he was not elected to Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honors society, as an undergraduate. However, more than a half-century later in March 2015, Mr. Gross was inducted in a members-only ceremony conducted in Ithaca.
The ceremony was quite stirring, even for these eyes, which have seen so much over the years, he said at the luncheon following the ceremony. Mr. Gross entertained the undergraduates with whom he was sitting what mechanical engineering education was like 60 years ago, and what constituted diversity in the student body.
In his career as a lawyer, Mr. Gross served as patent counsel for technical firms involved in instrument systems, aerodynamics, and pharmaceuticals, and obtained important patents relating to bi-axial orientation of plastic sheets, use of Interferon for cancer therapy, automatic focusing cameras, and water-drip irrigation. He also provided intellectual property counsel for such individuals as Billy Joel, The Police, The Village People, and Sir Paul McCartney, as well as for numerous foreign companies and international law firms. Mr. Gross is a voting member of the American Institute for Economic Research and a member of the board of the non-profit Classical Saxophone project.
Prominent trial attorney Joseph T. Dixon, III has joined the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron as a shareholder and co-chair of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Mr. Dixon offers clients a unique blend of trial, government, and strategic business experience.
As former Deputy General Counsel for UnitedHealth Group, Mr. Dixon led responses to significant internal investigations and government inquiries. He is adept at crisis management and working with business clients, regulatory bodies and the media in high-profile matters. He brings extensive in-court experience in complex litigation, criminal and enforcement actions. As the former Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section for the United States Attorneys Office for the District of Minnesota, he developed a reputation as one of the leading complex criminal litigators in the state. He is frequently asked to address groups on a variety of topics, including False Claims Act liability, Wall Street prosecutions, and corporate investigations.
Mr. Dixon is active in several professional and civic organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter; as Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School; and on the Board of Directors of the Hiawatha Academies. He is the recipient of many honors, most recently the Spurgeon Community Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the United States Attorney General, the Exceptional Service Award of the Former United States Attorneys Association, and The Minnesota Lawyer's Attorney of the Year award.
Mr. Dixon was graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and earned his law degree in 1995 from Columbia Law School. Following graduation from the Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Gerald W. Heaney of the U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit and subsequently was an associate in the New York offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP.Submitted on Jun 23, 2015