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Colleen is an attorney in the intellectual property practice group in the Cincinnati office. She assists clients with strategies for obtaining intellectual property rights. Her representations encompass a wide variety of arts, including manufacturing, mechanical, electrical, oil & gas, and medical devices. Her experience includes patent portfolio management, patent preparation and prosecution, as well as patentability, validity, and freedom-to-practice opinions. Colleen also helps clients with confidentiality agreements.

Colleen has a passion for learning about technology. Prior to joining the firm, Colleen worked as a Control System Design Engineer for marine and industrial engines, where she led design and qualification efforts for core control software to meet transient capability requirements. Her design engineering experience has helped her advance the legal interests of innovative technology companies and inventors.

Colleen also enjoys being involved in her community, where she an active member of the Junior League of Cincinnati and CincyIP, Cincinnati’s Intellectual Property Law Society.

Other Info About Colleen


Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2011, summa cum laude
Order of the Coif
University of Cincinnati Law Review

Undergraduate School

The Ohio State University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2005, cum laude

Bar Memberships

Colleen is licensed to practice in the following state(s):


United States Patent and Trademark Office


Local & National Recognition

Ernest Karam Book Award for Academic Excellence, University of Cincinnati College of Law

YWCA Rising Star, 2014

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Member of the Junior League of Cincinnati, 2016-present

Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, Secretary, 2013-2015

St. Ursula Academy Mock Trial Coach, 2011-2013

Major Publications

Colleen is an author or contributor to the following publications:

May 6, 2020
Protecting Your IP During the Rapid Development of COVID-19 Tech Productions

February 22, 2019
Now is the Time to Plan IP Strategies for Industrial Hemp

Judges Are Abusing Their Authority to Determine Obviousness By Applying KSR Without Changing the Legal Standard of Review, 79 U.Cin.L.Rev. 349 (2010)

Are Humans Animals?:  Patent Claim Construction in Martek Biosciences Corp. v. Nutrinova, Inc., 579 F.3d 1363 (Fed. Cir. 2009), 79 U.Cin.L.Rev. 1213 (2011)

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