MELVILLE, N.Y., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leviton announced the appointment of Meir Blonder to the role of General Counsel. In his new role, Mr. Blonder will be responsible for all of Leviton's legal matters, along with overseeing all legal staff. In addition to his role as General Counsel, Mr. Blonder will maintain his current position as Leviton's Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, supporting Leviton offices and facilities across five countries. Mr. Blonder has served as Leviton's Chief Intellectual Property Counsel since 2006, during which he created and headed the company's Intellectual Property (IP) Department. Prior to joining Leviton, Mr. Blonder spent thirteen years in private practice as an IP attorney. His last six years before joining Leviton were focused on complex patent litigation at Skadden Arps. "In Meir's eight years with Leviton, he has developed a strong knowledge of the company, which coupled with his wealth of legal experience make him well qualified for his new responsibilities as General Counsel," said Mark Baydarian, Leviton's Chief Financial Officer. "During his tenure, Meir has proven to be an asset to our organization with his sharp legal mind and skillset." A licensed member of the New York State Bar, Mr. Blonder holds a Juris Doctorate from Cardozo Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Hofstra University. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. About LevitonLeviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today's residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit www.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.