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Pathways to Success

As a new IP law practitioner, there are several optional pathways to career success. Join AIPLA New Lawyers Committee for a special Pre-Meeting session prior to the opening of the 2017 AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  

A diverse panel of established practitioners in IP law will share their personal insights and professional perpectives on their own career path. 

  • ​Hear from professionals practicing in private practice (large, small & boutique), corporate, and government. 

  • Gain new perspectives of the various opportunities open to you as you pursue your own professional goals.

  • Learn from their challenges and achievements. 

Who should attend:

  • ​New IP law practitioners (Defined as five years or less in practice.)

  • Students preparing to graduate and enter practice

Date & Time:

October 18, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC​


Opening Remarks 

Panel 1 – Succeeding in Private Practice
Time: 9:05am-9:45am

Moderator: Joshua Kresh, Fried Frank

  • ​Ryan Alley, Alley Legal 
  • Jonathan R. DeFosse, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Javier Sobrado, Member, Cozen O’Connor​

Break: 9:45-9:55am

Featured Speaker 
Time: 9:55am-10:35am

  • ​Bradley Postma, Principal, Cullens Patent and Trademark Attorneys and author of Junior to Parnter in Five Years.


Panel 2 – “Nontraditional” Career Paths
Time: 10:45am-11:25am

Moderator, Rob Weaver, Cozen O’Connor

  • Gregory L. Hillyer, Brinks Gilson & Lione 
  • Yelena Morozova, Finnegan
  • Bruce Wieder, Judge, USPTO (invited)​


Closing Remarks

Time: 11:30am-12:00pm

Sponsored by Fish and Richardson

Registration Fees:

You may register online​ to attend this special, FREE Pre-Meeting session.