More than 25% of King & Spalding’s intellectual property partners are women. Less than half of the AmLaw 50 can say the same, reflecting in part the broader challenge of attracting women to science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”)—areas in which men continue to outnumber women.
Our women IP partners represent clients across a spectrum of IP work including in litigation, prosecution and strategic counseling, due diligence, and licensing involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and other transactions involving intellectual property. Their practices encompass a wide range of technologies and subject matter, including life sciences, telecommunications, electronic devices, energy and natural resources, consumer products, and healthcare. We believe that our women IP partners give King & Spalding clients a competitive advantage and many of our clients agree, particularly those who have stated their desire to see more diversity in their outside counsel.
Women in the STEM Disciplines
Intellectual property law often requires a knowledge of the STEM disciplines where the number of women over the years practicing in these areas continues to remain low. King & Spalding’s women IP partners support and have an interest in continuing to identify programs that encourage girls and young women to pursue scientific and technical educations. For more information, click here.
King & Spalding’s Women IP Partners
Allison Altersohn’s focus on patent law naturally affords her opportunities to apply her electrical engineering background, but she equally enjoys relationships she builds with clients, co-counsel and even opposing counsel. Her ability to establish quickly a comfortable rapport with others helps her elicit needed information to cut to the heart of the matter and ensure that everyone’s time is used effectively.
Peg Brivanlou, Ph.D., counsels clients on both transactional and contentious patent matters using her technical and legal expertise to help solve her clients’ business problems and build value. Over the past year, she has advised on transactions worth more than $1 billion, ranging from technology transfer and out-licensing to multimillion-dollar asset purchases and financings. She has conducted extensive IP due diligence and has drafted and negotiated purchase and license agreements as well as disclosure documents for public and private financings.
Jennifer Burdman has over ten years of experience litigating patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and IP contractual matters. In the last three years, she obtained a jury verdict of patent infringement resulting in over $34 million in damages, a jury verdict of willful misappropriation of trade secrets with damages of over $900 million, and successfully defended a university against a patent licensee seeking expanded rights relating to its sponsored research and license agreements. With her background in biochemistry and molecular biology, she is able to quickly translate the technology from inventors to the jury in a clear and understandable way.
Becky Kaufman helps clients create, evaluate and use patent rights to advance their business goals. Her practice includes U.S. and international patent procurement and portfolio management, opinions, reexaminations, oppositions, due diligence, licensing and other transactions involving intellectual property. She brings a background in venture capital and technology transfer to her practice.
Katie McCarthy represents clients in a wide variety of industries, helping clients find creative and practical solutions to problems that arise regarding trademarks, copyrights, advertising, marketing, social media and the internet. She has first-chaired numerous trials and preliminary injunction hearings and has practiced in the federal courts, the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the International Trade Commission and ICANN domain name arbitrations.
Jill McWhirter focuses her practice on IP transactional matters and related litigation, such as assisting in engineering the intellectual property side of corporate deals, negotiating contracts, analyzing risk assessment, licensing and counseling. In addition, she has deep international experience from working on numerous international trademark matters and negotiating IP agreements in a range of countries around the world. She also leads the IP practice’s IP Tech Center.
Natasha Moffitt has tried three IP cases to verdict over the past three years in an industry that rarely goes to trial. Armed with a computer engineering degree, she is particularly experienced in litigating patent cases involving technologies in the computer and electrical arts. She has represented such clients in cases involving complex computer systems and software, web-based technologies, computer network security, telecommunications and semiconductor devices. She also has litigated cases involving trademark infringement and false advertising claims, copyright infringement claims, and claims relating to trade secret misappropriation.
Additional Women Partners Serving IP Clients
King & Spalding takes an uncompromising commitment to excellence and value in legal services and we recognize that our clients have business problems, not just legal problems. Our clients tell us that we have the essential skills, experience and insight to cut to the heart of their issues. Paramount to providing that level of service is to draw upon multiple practices, when necessary, to identify innovative solutions to increasingly complex problems. For our IP clients, we are able to provide a cross-practice level of expertise that is unique to law firms. Emma Maconick counsels clients in IP and technology transactions ranging from sophisticated cross-border deals to discrete licensing agreements. Laura Bushnell has experience serving as primary outside corporate counsel to our clients in the technology, IP and life sciences industries. Judy O’Brien’s broad corporate practice includes general corporate work for our clients in IP, commercial and M&A matters. Christine Savage works on international trade regulation and export controls for our clients in the defense, software, biotech and financial services areas. Alla Naglis works with our clients extensively on cross-border transactions, particularly in IP, antitrust, telecommunications, media and entertainment, and M&A.