Donaldson, Kirsten

Kirsten Donaldson

Kirsten Donaldson provides strategic counsel to clients in an array of areas, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes, including trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret and patent matters. Ms. Donaldson also maintains a robust practice in technology and intellectual property policy, and administrative practice and procedure. She represents clients in a wide range of technologies, including software, communications, pharmaceuticals, standards setting bodies, and in a variety of consumer products industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Donaldson was legislative director and counsel at the US House of Representatives, where she worked primarily on shaping federal intellectual property laws.

Previously, Ms. Donaldson was a counsel at the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where she represented intellectual property owners before the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, the Department of Commerce, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, the US Trade Representative, the State Department, and Congress. Ms. Donaldson has also worked at the US House Committee on the Judiciary and, while receiving her LLM, in trademarks at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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  • Education

    • LLM, Intellectual Property, The George Washington University Law School, 2009

    • JD, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2008

    • BA, Economics and Political Science, California Lutheran University, 2005

      with honors

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Minnesota

  • Government Experience

    • Federal Legislative Branch

      US House of Representatives

      Legislative Director and Counsel, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
    • Federal Legislative Branch

      US House of Representatives

      Legal Fellow, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy