When I joined Winthrop, I had zero knowledge of intellectual property; I was as green as they come. One day, the other, more senior associate in the group announced she was leaving – and I was left to be the one the partners would lean on. I had a steep learning curve, and quickly grew in my understanding and skills. I was suddenly the person my partners were relying on, and I knew I had to step up to the challenge.
Because I practice in both intellectual property litigation and on the buying, selling and licensing of intellectual property side, I get to see the whole life cycle, and can use the experience with each side to inform the other. On the transaction side, I work with clients to draft trademark related agreements, services, software licensing, and compliance issues. I work to make sure the ownership rights are clearly defined in every situation, and develop a deep understanding of the product to make sure the terms and the allocation of risk is appropriate.
In litigation, too, it’s important to understand the business and the potential exposure, and how agreements are drafted to have a better idea of how to prevail in a dispute. I represent clients in federal district court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in relation to trademark, unfair competition, copyright and cybersquatting claims.
Many of my clients are small, start-up companies, and I love working with them from the first step. I partner with them to find solutions for their problems. I also understand that, with smaller, newer companies, often you have to rub each nickel ten times before you can spend it – and I take that into account in all of my advice to my clients.
Outside of work, I am an avid Vikings fan – I never miss a Sunday. I like to keep active, and my young daughter definitely helps with that.
A Groundbreaking Moment In My Career
Honors & Awards
"Under 40 Hot List"
Benchmark Litigation, 2017
"Up & Coming Attorney"
Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2011-2017
Societas Arcus Award
University of St. Thomas Alumni Association, 2012
Associations & Memberships
International Trademark Association
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
University of St. Thomas School of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Board
University of St. Thomas Class of 2001 Reunion Planning Committee
Little Free Library
Board of Directors, 2017-Present
University of St. Thomas School of Law Trademark Clinic
The Trademark Reporter
Editorial Board, 2008 - 2010