125 Member Spotlight



We asked our members,  What does AIPLA mean to you?
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Dean Eyler

"Unique opportunities, valuable relationships, access, networking, and educational enrichment."

Member since 2014

Partner, Lathrop GPM

Stanton D. Weinstein

"AIPLA provides a place where we advance each other and the IP profession."

Member since 1992

Formerly in-house with Lockheed Martin


James A. Forstner

"AIPLA has offered me collegiality, education, and growth."

Member since 1980

Of Counsel, Kuhnen Wacker

Rivka Jungreis

"Expertise. Development. Networking."

Member since 2011

Senior Director, Associate General Counsel, Teva Pharmaceuticals

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Philip G. Hampton II

"Nurture, belonging, understanding."

Member since 1993

Senior Partner & Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Polsinelli

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Phyllis Turner-Brim

"A place where I can be myself and use my unique talents."

Member since 2006

Deputy General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel, HP Inc.

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Naomi Abe Voegtli

"Diverse connections. Leadership opportunities. Mentors."

Member since 1999

VP, Chief IP Counsel, BorgWarner, Inc.


Nicole Wanty

"Improving mental health awareness through the Committee on the Profession."

Member since 2009

Senior Associate Patent Attorney, Talem IP Law

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Rob Weaver

"AIPLA is my connection to the IP community, thought leaders and trendsetters."

Member since 2008

Member, The Brickell IP Group, PLLC


Renata Righetti

"The first IP association where women-dedicated events reduced gender – and other diversity – gaps in our profession."

Member since 2015

President, Bugnion Spa

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Gabrielle Roth

"AIPLA is meaningful engagement and involvement in a dedicated TM community. "

Member since 2010

Partner, Sughrue Mion PLLC

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Elaine Spector

"The relationships are the icing on the cake."

Member since 1996

Partner, Harrity & Harrity LLP

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Bob Stoll

"Great friendships. Source of information. Voice in policy."

Member since 2011

Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

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Jennifer Nall

"AIPLA stays on the cutting edge of issues impacting IP law."

Member since 2012

Partner, DLA Piper LLP 

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Kevin Noonan

"Opportunity to become a better patent lawyer and contribute to the field."

Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
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Amie Peele

"AIPLA has been foundational to my personal and career growth."

Member since 2003

Founding Partner, Peele Law Group, PC

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Eugenio Perez

"The best IP worldwide organization."

Member since 2002

Partner, Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff, S.C.


Jennifer Kovalcik

"A place to build friendships, and to develop, lead, and learn."

Member since 2003

VP, Technology & IP Counsel, Community Health Systems

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Joshua Kresh

"AIPLA has been my second home for IP colleagues."

Member since 2011

Managing Director, Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School

Nancy Linck

"Individuals working together to improve our IP system."

Member since 1986

Pharmaceutical Patent Practice Consultant and Expert Witness, NJ Linck Consulting

Myra McCormack

"I never cease to be amazed at the intelligence that surrounds me at AIPLA meetings."

Member since 1995

Associate Patent Counsel, Consumer Lead, Johnson & Johnson

Jacques Etkowicz

Jacques L. Etkowicz

"Commitment to the advancement of intellectual property law and practice."

Member since 1995

Shareholder, RatnerPrestia

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Kandis Gibson

"IP professionals passionate about growing, learning, and shaping the IP system."

Member since 2013

Associate, Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP


Justine Gozzi

"Perspective. Belonging. Mentorship."

Member since 2007

Special Counsel, Baker Botts, LLP

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Sheldon H. Klein

"Incredible opportunities, as well as a rare privilege and true joy of leading as President."

Member since 1981

Senior Counsel, Lathrop GPM


W. Todd Baker

"AIPLA has always been there for me — enduring relationships, a home base, and nurturing growth."

Member since 2001

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Melissa Buss

"AIPLA has helped me become the best IP attorney I was meant to be."

Member since 1997

Assistant Chief IP Counsel, 3M Company

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Isi Caulder

"AIPLA enrichment and connections “pair perfectly” with an IP career."

Member since 2015

Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto Canada

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Jim Crowne

"Education. Challenges. Collegiality."

Member since 1987

Deputy Executive Director for Legal Affairs, AIPLA

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Mel Garner

"I had the opportunity to help shape IP policy issues. "

Member since 1992

Partner, Leason Ellis LLP

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Marc V. Richards

"AIPLA members and friends inspire me to achieve excellence."

Member since 1996

Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP


Brad Y. Chin

"AIPLA is a diverse community of mentors, educators, advocates, and friends."

Member since 2002

Partner, Bracewell LLP

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Ken Adamo

"Interacting with the best peer group in the IP world."

Member since 1978

Principal, Law Office of KRAdamo

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Sam Eichner

"AIPLA is a one-of-a-kind platform to learn, build lasting friendships, and shape IP policy."

Member since 2013

Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Rachel Carnaggio

"AIPLA provides inclusivity and leadership opportunities in the IP practice."

Member since 2015

Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

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Jerry Selinger

"AIPLA seeks to promote the best interests of our IP community."

Member since 1972

Partner, Patterson + Sheridan, LLP

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Lisa Adams

"AIPLA promotes collaboration in the IP community."

Member since 2007

Member, Mintz Levin

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Rich Stockton

"Thrilled to be a part of it, and have learned so much."

Member since 2013

Banner & Witcoff Ltd., Principal Shareholder

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Santosh Chari

"I cherish the close friendships I have formed with colleagues, spanning over 20 years."

Member since 2005

CPST Intellectual Property, Shareholder

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Brian Gray

"Without a doubt my favorite IP organization."

Member since 1980

Barrister and Solicitor, Brian Gray Law


Debodhonyaa Sengupta

"I've built lifelong friendships...AIPLA feels like a large and extended family."

Member since 2007

Counsel, Dentons


Laura Brutman

"AIPLA provides the opportunity to have fun while learning and developing friendships."

Member since 1993

Banner & Witcoff Ltd., Partner

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Neil Henderson

"...an amazing place to build life-long connections and have FUN."

Member since 2000

Amarok IP, Founder

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Libbie DiMarco

"AIPLA has provided an unmatched network of mentors and colleagues who have become friends."

Member since 2014

Wolf Greenfield, Shareholder

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Daniel R. Brownstone

"AIPLA is an amazing resource within the IP community."

Member since 2010

Fenwick & West LLP, Partner, Intellectual Property

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Raymond Farrell

"AIPLA has enabled me to exchange ideas with some of the best people in the IP world."

Member since 2001

Carter, DeLuca & Farrell LLP, Founding Partner

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Stephanie Curcio

"A forum to share views and discuss cutting edge issues affecting the IP industry."

Member since 2019

NLPatent, CEO

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Jeffrey Townes

"AIPLA offers a much-needed sanctuary where IP issues matter most."

Member since 1998

Cozen O'Connor, Partner

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Lisa M. Tittemore

"Being an active member of AIPLA keeps me on top of my game."

Member since 2009

Sunstein LLP, Partner, Chair of Litigation Practice


Jim Hallenbeck

"Friendship, support, and opportunity."

Member since 2004

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., Principal Patent Attorney

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Debora Plehn-Dujowich

"AIPLA has been a way to learn and make lasting friendships."

Member since 2010

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Partner

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Michael Piper

"AIPLA is a tapestry of relationships providing mutual support and professional growth."

Member since 1995

Conley Rose, President

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Meg Boulware

"Honored to be the first woman president and pioneer the diversity in leadership of AIPLA."

Member since 1981

Boulware & Valoir, Founding Partner

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Mercedes Meyer, PhD

"I've gained friends, mentors, and champions."

Member since 1998

Banner Witcoff, Ltd., Partner


Enrica Bruno

"Opportunity to make an impact."

Member since 2008

Steinfl + Bruno LLP, Founding and Managing Partner

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Gauri M. Dhavan

"AIPLA is an enriching organization- the more I contribute, the more I receive."

Member since 2017

ZOLL Medical Corporation, VP and Chief IP Counsel


Frank L. Gerratana

"AIPLA has added a whole new dimension to my career."

Member since 2007

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., Member

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Kevin Tottis

"Egalitarian approach to member involvement."

Member since 2001

TottisLaw, Managing Partner


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Jonathan P. Osha

"AIPLA is a unique and powerful resource for continuing education."

Member since 1989

Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP, Founding Partner


Vladimir J. Semendyai

"AIPLA helps me to remain updated on critical developments in IP law."

Member since 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Litigation Associate


Diallo Crenshaw

"AIPLA has been a valuable piece of my professional development puzzle."

Member since 2001

Jordan IP Law, LLC, Principal


Edwin Molino

"Friendships and the opportunity to learn and grow."

Member since 2003


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Theresa Stadheim

"The opportunity to shine in leadership and patent law."

Member since 2012

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., Attorney

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James E. Ruland

"AIPLA offers a cutting edge legal education to provide added value for my clients."

Member since 1994

Conley Rose, P.C., Of Counsel

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Lisa A. Dunner

"AIPLA brings us together in a collegial and professional way."

Member since 2014

Dunner Law PLLC, Managing Partner

Wayne Sobon

Wayne Sobon

"AIPLA has changed the course of my career. It has been a core, peak experience."

Member since 1994

JUUL Labs, Inc., VP, Intellectual Property


Angela J. Grayson

"My firm is small, AIPLA is like having hundreds of partners to help me."

Member since 2015

PRECIPICE IP LLC, Principal and Founder


Rachel Kahler, PhD

"AIPLA is where I can expand and explore my passion for the profession."

Member since 2013

General Mills, Inc., Patent Agent


J. Michael Martinez de Andino

"AIPLA has provided me with opportunities that allowed me to excel."

Member since 1992

Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP, Senior Counsel, Retired

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Matt Adams

"Professional development, strong attorney networks, enduring friendships."

Member since 1997

FB Rice, Special Counsel

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Michele Herman

"Learning from and with others."

Member since 1991

JusTech Law, PLLC, Founder

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Drew Patty

"AIPLA has enabled career growth while introducing me to great people."

Member since 2001

McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, Member


Karl R. Fink

"Best IP organization, and I want to be a part of it."

Member since 2009

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP, Partner 

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Jack Skenyon

"The opportunity to work with the most amazing people in the IP field."

Member since 1976


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Laurie Young

"Trusted colleagues I can turn to in any scenario."

Member since 2008

Schwegman, Lundberg and Woessner, Attorney


Ryan Alley

"AIPLA connects me to every practice, background, and industry in IP."

Member since 2006

Ryan Alley Intellectual Property Law, Patent Attorney

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Larry Hefter

"Education, Comradery, Business."

Member since 1964

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, Retired Partner

Noel Courage

"AIPLA was a building block in my career."

Member since 2011

Bereskin & Parr LLC, Partner


Hetal Kushwaha

"My anchor as a new professional to working mom, from associate to partner."

Member since 2007

Hetal Kushwaha Business Development Services, Owner

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David Hricik

"Made life-long friends and learned new ways of lawyering."

Member since 1989

Mercer Law School, Professor & Associate Dean

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Tim Christman

"Professional growth and new friendships that become lasting ones."

Member since 2009

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., Principal


Matthew Wagner

"An engaging community who strive for the best."

Member since 2010

PDC Brands, General Counsel

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Sophie F. Wang

"Working with and learning from IP's brightest minds."

Member since 2018

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Partner

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Alan J. Kasper

"Leadership, networking, and impacting IP globally."

Member since 1972

Sughrue Mion PLLC, Partner

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Sarah Kostiuk-Smith

"An international network of brilliant and supportive friends."

Member since 2017

Mewburn Ellis LLP, European Patent Attorney, Partner

Georgann Grunebach

Georgann Grunebach

"A singular opportunity to grow in my profession, career and humanity."

Member since 2006

The Law Offices of Georgann S. Grunebach


Rochelle Lieberman

"...a community of IP friends and colleagues."

Member since 1992

Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC, Founding Member

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Sarah Harris

"Platform for excellence in the IP profession."

Member since 1993

USPTO, Former General Counsel

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Karen Canady

"Opportunities to grow my skills as a speaker, leader, and practitioner."

Member since 1994

Canady + Lortz LLP, Partner

Dorothie Laguerre Smith

Dorothie Laguerre Smith

"Community, collaboration, and mentorship."

Member since 2020

Eaton Corporation, Cybersecurity Attorney

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Bridget Smith

"A voice in our country's IP policy."

Member since 2011

Relativity Space, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property

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Jim Pooley

"AIPLA is a welcoming place for people who take IP seriously."

Member since 1992

James Pooley PLC


Lucy Samuels

"Connecting with and learning from attorneys around the world."

Member since 2017

Gill Jennings & Every LLP, European & UK Patent Attorney

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Erick Palmer

"AIPLA allows me to stay on top of today's hot-button IP issues."

Member since 2019

Mayer Brown LLP, Partner


Roxana Sullivan

"...meaningful relationships within the IP community."

Member since 2015

Galderma Holding SA, Lead Trademark & Anti-Piracy Counsel

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Ellisen Turner

"AIPLA is a wonderful place to bond with friends while celebrating new law developments."

Member since 2017

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Partner

Elisabetta Papa

"Being part of a diverse professional community with a fair leadership."

Member since 2013

Società Italiana Brevetti S.p.A. (SIB), PhD, European Patent Attorney

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Tiep Nguyen

"AIPLA provides me with invaluable education and camaraderie."

Member since 2013

Fujitsu North America, Inc., Director, Fujitsu Patent Center


Maria Scungio

"Exceptional friendships with remarkably talented IP colleagues."

Member since 2013

Robinson & Cole LLP, Partner


Chris Carani

"AIPLA is a great way to stay current in IP, and cultivate important relationships."

Member since 2000

McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd., Partner


Jess Ergmann

"A trusted network of IP practitioners who have become lifelong friends."

Member since 2013

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel 

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Margaret Polson

"Improving the IP legal profession globally."

Member Since 2009

Partner, Polson Intellectual Property Law, PC


Ury Fischer

"AIPLA is the gold standard for intellectual property professional networking

Member since 2005

Shareholder, Lott & Fischer, PL


Nick Godici

"Grateful for all AIPLA has done for me and the friendships I have developed."

Member since 2005

Godici Patent Consulting

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Dara Kendall

"I have found 'community' in AIPLA."

Member since 1996

The Procter & Gamble Company, Senior Vice President & General Counsel 


Suzannah Sundby

"Being part of a community of incredibly talented IP professionals."

Member since 2006

Partner, Canady + Lortz LLP


Kieran Doyle

"Mentors. Friends. Education."

Member since 2008

Shareholder, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman


Sarah Knight

"Where I can interact with and build friendships with the brightest IP minds."

Member since 2005

Partner, Talem IP Law


Bea Swedlow

"I benefit from AIPLA's voice and advocacy via amicus briefs and legislative/regulatory activity.

Member since 2006

Partner, Honigman LLP


Will Freeman

"AIPLA is my home away from home in my legal career."

Member since 2016

Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

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Thomas L. Irving

"Amazing educational opportunities."

Member since 1978

Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP


Charles L. (Chico) Gholz

"Opportunity to socialize with colleagues from around the world in a non-competitive environment."

Member since 1972

Senior Partner, Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP


Sharon A. Israel

"An advocacy voice."

Member since 1992

Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP


Jenae C. Gureff

"A global community impacting and exchanging ideas on cutting-edge IP issues."

Member since 2005

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP


Marc A. Hubbard

"Supporting advocacy for a better IP system with great people."

Member since 1997

Partner, Hubbard Johnston, PLLC

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Chen Wang

"Camaraderie. Opportunity. Knowledge."

Member since 1998

Chief Executive Officer, Steelike, Inc.


Judy Saffer

"The opportunity to meet wonderful people, many of whom have become dear friends."

Member since 1989

Retired, Past President of AIPLA

Jason Murata

Jason Murata

"AIPLA has pushed me to grow, as an attorney and as a leader."

Member since 2013

Partner, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP


Angela Sebor

"Friendships and learning to be a leader, advocate, mentor, teammate, ally."

Member since 2009

Director, Intellectual Property, Tolmar, Inc.


Mark L. Whitaker

"AIPLA facilitated my legal career through mentorship, CLE, leadership positions, networking, and fun!"

Member since 2002

Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP


Mariana Bullrich

"The joy of meeting and sharing with colleagues, now friends."

Member since 2014

Partner, Noetinger & Armando

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Monica M. Barone

"The CLE, friendships and professional growth opportunities are second to none."

Member since 2008

Senior Director, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm, Inc.


David J. Kappos

"AIPLA means the world to me!"

Member since 1989

Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

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Daphne C. Lainson

"An organization to learn and grow, personally and professionally."

Member since 2003

Partner, Chair of the Firm, Smart & Biggar


Kevin Rhodes

"Knowledge. Development. Network."

Member since 2001

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Affairs Officer, 3M Company