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From our fascinating, opening-day keynote speaker to the closing sessions, this year's Mid-Winter Institute speakers are engaging, experienced leaders from business, law firms and government. Each will share his/her unique perspective, practical advice, and strategies you can use to advance your career​.





Thomas O. Staggs, Former Chairman 
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and 
Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company
Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Said Hilal, Founder, CEO and Chairman
Applied Medical
Friday, January 26, 2018






  • James Aquilina, Design IP
  • Gordon T. Arnold, Arnold & Saunders, LLP
  • Matthew Barton, Forresters
  • Brian Carroll, Level Up
  • Eric Carson, Burford Capital
  • Melissa Coombes, Lee & Hayes
  • Ross A. Dannenberg, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
  • Blair Dewitt, Lunar Station Corporation
  • Kieran Doyle, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman, PC
  • Art Dula, The Law Office of Art Dula
  • Dennis J. Duncan, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
  • Michael Dunnam, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
  • Elizabeth D. Ferrill, Finnegan Henderson
  • Ann G. Fort, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Kenneth George, Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP
  • Richard Friedman, DLA Piper
  • Efren Garcia, GTS Technology Solutions, Inc.
  • Reggie Gaudino, Steep Hill Labs, Inc.
  • Garfield Goodrum, Garfield Goodrum, PLLC
  • Harry J. Gwinnell, Greenblum & Bernstein, PLC
  • Raymond Harmuth, Bayer Cropscience, LP
  • Katherine D. Koenig, Christopher & Weisberg, PA
  • Robert R.L. Kohse, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Devika Kornbacher, Vinson & Elkins
  • Naomi Leach, Stephenson Harwood, LLP​
  • Raimond Lutz, European Patent Office (invited)
  • Jeremy K. Mckown, Johnson & Johnson
  • Nancy Mertzel, Mertzel Law, PLLC
  • Larry S. Millstein, Millen White Zelano & Branigan, PC
  • Christina A. Ondrick, Paul Hastings, LLP
  • Yoshitaka Ota, Japan Patent Office (invited)
  • Roberto Pistolesi, Dragotti & Associati Srl
  • James Pooley
  • Scott J. Popma, Ballast IP Law, LLP
  • Matthew Powers, Tensegrity Law Group, LLP
  • C.N. Franklin Reddick, lll, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
  • Jonathan M. Redgrave, Redgrave, LLP
  • Kent Richardson, Richardson Oliver Law Group, LLP
  • Theodore “Ted” Ro, NASA
  • Omer Salik, Activation Publishing, Inc.
  • James Smith, Ecolab
  • Teresa Stanek Rea, Crowell & Moring, LLP
  • Holger Tostmann, Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann
  • Phyllis T. Turner-Brim, Starbucks
  • Bryan Wilson, Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Roxanne M. Wilson, Mayer Brown, LLP
  • Judy Yee, Microsoft, Inc.
  • Xiaochen Zhang, FinTech4Good
  • Jack Zwissig, Zwissig & Associates

    Speakers as of December 4, 2018. Subject to change.

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