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Erin O. Dungan

Patent law allows me to combine disparate sides of my brain and personality to help my clients.

My Approach

Practicing law in intellectual property, especially patents, allows me to combine disparate sides of my brain and personality in representing my clients: the puzzle-solving and personal, and the argumentative and the strategic.

When I represent my clients in intellectual property litigation, what I’m really doing is protecting their hard work and ingenuity. With my background in biomedical engineering, I understand what it’s like to toil away at a lab bench, and the blood, sweat and tears that go into developing truly novel technologies. I want to help my clients protect their creativity, and work closely with them to defend what is rightfully theirs.

In addition to my intellectual property litigation practice, I do pro bono work assisting individuals seeking asylum in the United States, and I represent children who have been taken away from their parents, through the Children’s Law Center. I am a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, and an active member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Justice Foundation.

A Pivotal Moment in My Career

While I was pursuing my Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at Stanford and starting to look for a job, a group came to campus to present on careers in the sciences. One of the presenters was from a law firm. Until that moment, I hadn’t even realized that engineers and scientists would have a use in the law, and was intrigued right away. Every day I am grateful knowing that I can use my skills in a way that directly and personally helps people, with an immediacy I was not likely to find in my previous path.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2014-2015, 2017

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota Justice Foundation

Board of Directors, 2014-present

Stanford University

Alumni undergraduate applicant interviewer, 2014-present

Marshall School

Duluth, MN
Board of Trustees, 2017-present

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Law student mentorship program