Katherine P. Kieckhafer



Katherine Kieckhafer is an associate who represents a wide range of clients in complex and sensitive matters in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution. 

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Kieckhafer was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard C. Tallman of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2014, Ms. Kieckhafer was a summer associate at WilmerHale, where she drafted sections of appellate brief for appeal from inter partes review, assisted in patent prosecution at various stages, researched legal issues and scientific literature to support several patent litigation teams.

Previously, Ms. Kieckhafer held an externship with the general counsel at Banyan Biomarkers. In that role, she drafted patents and responses to patent office actions. She was also a summer associate for Gray Robinson in Orlando, Florida. After obtaining her master's degree, she served as adjunct faculty at the University of Great Falls, where she developed curriculum, lectures, laboratory activities and assessment materials for a biology course. During that time, Ms. Kieckhafer was also a research technician at the McLaughlin Research Institute where she studied the molecular and genetic mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. 

During graduate school, Ms. Kieckhafer studied the molecular mechanisms of transcription by multiphoton microscopy using Drosophila melanogaster as a model.

Professional Activities

Ms. Kieckhafer is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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JD, magna cum laude, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2015, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, Florida Law Review

MS, Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology, Cornell University, 2011

BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Michigan, 2005

Bar Admissions



The Hon. Richard C. Tallman, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2015 - 2016

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