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Intellectual Property 2005-2006 Student Spotlight

Class of 2006

Rachel Lynch

Rachel LynchRachel Lynch is in her last year of law school. Rachel attended the University of Michigian where she received a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering in 2002 and an M.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering in 2003. This past summer, she worked for Dickinson Wright in Bloomfield, MI.

Rachel has accepted a full-time position after graduation with Bell Boyd & Lloyd LLC. She chose Bell Boyd & Lloyd because of the firm's atmosphere and employees, and the opportunities that it offers in both patent litigation and prosecution.

Luke Shannon

Luke ShannonLuke Shannon is in his third year of law school. Luke received a B.A. in Chemistry from Dordt College in 2002. In the past, he worked for one year as an analytical chemist at a suburban DC pharmaceutical lab.

After graduation, Luke plans to clerk for The Honorable Martin C. Ashman, Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois for one year. Afterwards, he plans to go to Schiff Hardin, LLP. Luke selected Schiff Hardin because of the flexibility they allow in the type of work he'll do. This flexibility will allow him to gain experience in general litigation as well as IP/patent litigation. Schiff also does some patent prosecution.

Brantley Shumaker

Brantley ShumakerBrantley Shumaker is in his final year of law school. Brantley received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky in 2002.

Last summer, Brantley worked at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. He chose this firm because their Chicago office is small--with a small-firm feel--while the firm as a whole is very large. In other words, it has the best of both worlds.

Beginning this summer, Brantley has accepted a permanent position at Kolisch Hartwell P.C. in their Portland office. Brantley chose Kolisch Hartwell because he wanted to relocate, but also because his speciality is software. He also believes that the Pacific Northwest is more "ripe for the picking."

Brantley suggests that students participate in as many career fairs as possible, most importantly the Loyola Fair. He also suggests not to just send out cold cover letters and expect responses. He states, "I've learned that if you don't follow up, no matter how good your resume, no one will respond."

Timothy Spann

Timothy SpannTimothy Spann is in his last year of law school. Tim received a B.S. in Biology from the University of California at Davis in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at San Diego in 1991.

During the Summer 2005, Tim worked at Cook, Alex, McFarron, Manzo, Cummings & Mehler, Ltd. He presently works there on a part-time basis and has since the Fall 2005. After Tim graduates and passes the bar, he will join CAMMCM on a permanent basis.

Tim selected CAMMCM because of their great work environment. He feels that it is a great learning environment that is collegial, focused, and avoids unnecessary stress. Additionally, the firm appears to have plenty of work that is compatible with his technology background. CAMMCM also has a track record of rapid associate advancement to partnership.

Matthew Topic

Matthew TopicMatthew Topic is in his third year of law school. Matt has a B.A. in Music, with a minor in Business, from North Central College. In the past, Matt has worked as a professional musician and in non-profit management.

Last summer, Matt worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Beginning in the Fall 2006 for a one-year term, Matt will be clerking for Judge Morton Denlow. Afterwards, he will be returning to Kirkland & Ellis permanently.

Class of 2007

Jeffrey Armstrong

Jeffrey ArmstrongJeffrey Armstrong is in his second year of law school. Jeff received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University. He has eight years of engineering, consulting, and management experience in the telecommunications and defense industries. Jeff is also a registered patent agent.

During the Summer 2006, Jeff will be at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. He chose MBHB because of the quality and diversity of intellectual property work available at the firm. Jeff also felt that he would enjoy working with the people he met during the interview process.

Andrew Bateman

Andrew BatemanAndrew Bateman is in his second year of law school. Drew received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1994, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Technological University in 2001. From 1994-2004, he worked at Motorola in various departments researching and developing future wireless communications technologies. His speciality was in radio frequency hardware design.

Drew will be at McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. during the Summer 2006. He selected this firm since he worked there last summer and it has a good reputation.

Kate Berezutskaya

Kate BerezutskayaKate Berezutskaya is a 3L student in our evening program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biology/Virology from Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia and her Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Currently, Kate works as a patent agent at Howrey LLP assisting in matters related to patent prosecution and litigation.  Before joining Howrey LLP, Kate consulted the University of Chicago Technology Transfer Office on issues related to commercialization of life science technologies and then worked as a scientific advisor and patent agent at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. There are many reasons why Kate likes to work for Howrey LLP, including the collegial atmosphere of the firm, excellent mentors, and an opportunity for career growth.

David E. Blau

David BlauDavid Blau is in his second year of law school. David received a B.S. in Math and Computer Science from Caltech.

This summer he will be working in the Boston office of Bromberg & Sunstein LLP. David interviewed for this position at the Loyola Patent Fair. He chose Bromberg & Sunstein because he felt they were the best firm at the career fair.

Dennis Faigal

Dennis FaigalDennis Faigal is in his second year of law school. Dennis received his B.S. in Biology from Regis University in 2000. Prior to law school, he worked in professional IT sales.

Dennis will be in the Mountain View, California office of Fenwick & West, LLP during the Summer 2006. Dennis chose this firm because it's a general practice firm in the Silicon Valley that caters to high-tech clients.

Additionally, Dennis feels that his education from Chicago-Kent has made him highly competitive in the high-tech legal job market in the Silicon Valley. He states, "I was hired in a class including recruits from Harvard Law School, Stanford, Georgetown, Penn, and other top 20 ranked law schools."

Heather Kissling

Heather KisslingHeather Kissling is in her second year of law school. Heather received a B.S. in Biology and Liberal Arts Chemistry from the University of Evansville and an M.S. in Biotechnology from Northwestern University. Prior to law school, she worked as a patent agent at Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

Heather will be at Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. during the Summer 2006. She selected this firm because it is a mid-sized IP boutique with an outstanding client base and attorneys. Heather enjoys the technology of LVM's clients, which includes cutting edge biotechnology companies and research organizations. She also enjoys the collegial atmosphere of the firm and appreciates the opportunity to develop client counseling skills.

John New

John NewJohn New is a 3L student in our evening program. John received his B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Massachusetts in 1978, an M.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Michigan in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University in 1987. Presently, John is a Professor of Biology at Loyola University Chicago.

This summer, John will be working at Winston & Strawn LLP. He selected this firm because of the opportunity to do both IP litigation and work in other fields of law during the summer.

Vikas Shah

Vikas ShahVikas Shah is in his second year of law school. Vikas received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. Last summer, he worked at The Law Offices of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Ltd. Vikas primarily worked in products liability, but also had the opportunity to draft a Brief Amicus Curiae on behalf of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association regarding insurance coverage issues and a Post Conviction Petition with supporting memorandum for relief from a criminal conviction. Currently, Vikas is a judicial extern for The Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

During the Summer 2006, Vikas will be working at Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione. Vikas chose Brinks because it has an excellent reputation and is one of the largest IP firms in the country.

Class of 2008

William Childs

William ChildsWilliam Childs is in his first year of law school.  William received his B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004.  In 1999, William worked at Closure Medical to develop biodegradable polymers for use in surgical procedures.

William will be working at Sughrue Mion during the summer of 2006.  He selected this firm for its excellent reputation in intellectual property.



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