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A former in-house counsel, Michelle Lewis understands the balancing act performed by in house legal and the central role outside counsel can play in solid corporate decision-making.  She enjoys bringing her intellectual property protection expertise to all types of clients with the goal of finding true value in their intellectual property holdings.

Michelle focuses her work on trademark acquisition, licensing, and general brand management. She also consults within the firm on intellectual property aspects of merger and acquisition matters and other transactions. She brings her years of in house experience to the table, where she managed worldwide trademark and patent portfolios for companies in various scientific and high tech markets and played key roles in the drafting of complex collaboration, licensing, and litigation settlement agreements.

Michelle’s goal is to maximize value back to the client from their investment in intellectual property protection and assertion. With this goal foremost, she provides actionable input to help guide clients through decisions involving intellectual property assets including building, managing, and licensing trademark, copyright and other intellectual property portfolios.

Before joining the firm, Michelle worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was in-house counsel at companies such as ZymoGenetics, Bristol Myers Squibb, Genentech, and Streck.

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics for the Modern IP Counsel, IP Management and Monetization Roundtable
    , 04.2017
  • ROI: Getting the Most Bang for your Buck and Proving it to Management, IP Forum for Life Sciences
    , 12.2016

Honors & Affiliations

Community & Professional

Washington State Bar Association

Registered Patent Attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office


J.D., Rutgers-Newark School of Law, 1997

  • Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review
  • Member, Order of the Coif

M.S., Columbia University, 1988

  • Genetics

B.S., Duke University, 1986

  • Biology


  • State of Nebraska
    State of Washington
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