A Tribute to Terry L. Musika, Invotex Co-founder
Terry L. Musika
Invotex co-founder Terry L. Musika died December 18, 2012, having lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Considered one of the top intellectual property damages experts in the country, Terry was involved in many of the largest patent verdicts and settlements in US history, including service on the Apple team to deliver a one billion dollar verdict against Samsung in /Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al/ earlier this year, and as NTP’s expert witness in a $612.5 million agreement between Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) and NTP Inc. to settle the "BlackBerry" suit in 2002.
Terry provided expert testimony in more than 200 separate proceedings. His antitrust damage opinion and expert qualifications were cited in a published opinion by The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
A lifelong athlete, Terry attended Indiana University (BA 1970, MPA 1974) on an athletic scholarship. In 1970, he received All American honors and in 1972, participated in the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon in 1972. Also in 1972, Terry was part of a 4 x 400 meter relay team that set an indoor world record.
While running remained an integral part of Terry’s life, he was also an entrepreneur. He spent his career starting new businesses and developing new business concepts. His innovation extended into his practice and even into the damages theories for which he became so well known.
Serving the accounting profession for more than 35 years, Terry’s experience included every level of the accounting and auditing profession from staff level auditor to National Audit Partner in one of the world’s largest international accounting firms. Terry’s “Big 4” public accounting background included five years with Peat, Marwick and Mitchell(predecessor of KPMG), and seven years with Coopers & Lybrand (predecessor of PricewaterhouseCoopers). He established and served as the Member‐in‐Charge of the Management Advisory Services practice for the regional accounting firm CW Amos & Company before spinning off to form first PENTA Advisory Services and ultimately Invotex.
Terry’s loss is felt acutely by his family – his loving wife Sherry of 40 years, children Michael, Ally, Jennie and her husband Yair Riemer, brother John and his wife Linda, sister Jill Ohar, mother Olamae, and 11 adoring nieces and nephews -- the legal and IP communities, and all of us at Invotex, alums included. /He was a fiercely loyal/ friend and a much admired adviser.
He touched the lives of many. Generous with his knowledge, gracious with his time, Terry was a legendary mentor, role model, and father figure to many here at our firm.
Professionally, Terry was legal counsel’s co-pilot. Clients, colleagues, and even adversaries had a deep appreciation for his intellect, intuition, tenacity, and spirit.
His love of people was equaled by his love of the game. A brilliant practitioner, once Terry offered an opinion, there was no turning back. Cross-examination only enhanced his credibility. He was unflappable, his integrity /unimpugnable/. He carried himself with dignity, restraint, and humility.
We at Invotex pay tribute to our loyal friend, esteemed partner, and treasured mentor. Always a force for change, growth, and progress, we mourn his untimely passing.