Laura is a partner in firm's Intellectual Property & Technology Department. Laura focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation and client counseling, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her extensive experience includes handling trademark and unfair competition litigation, trademark enforcement, and opposition and cancellation proceedings. She also has experience in trademark clearance, investigation, prosecution and management of domestic and international trademark portfolios. She handles all aspects of patent litigation matters in a wide range of technologies.
She represents multinational companies to individual inventors in a wide variety of industries including: information technology, alternative energy, consumer products, financial services, medical devices, electrical equipment, food and beverage and motorized recreational products. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Laura served as an associate with Filice Brown Eassa & McLeod, a litigation boutique in the San Francisco Bay area. A native Midwesterner, Laura has participated in 100-plus cases in her litigation career.
- Obtained a preliminary injunction for an industry-leading consumer products company against a foreign corporation in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case involving a famous trademark; obtained sanctions against the foreign corporation for violation of the preliminary injunction
- Defended owner of a printing company in a cancellation proceeding in the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board through the testimony period; obtained a dismissal with prejudice against plaintiff for failure to prove its case
- Pursued federal cybersquatting, trademark and unfair competition lawsuit in the District of Minnesota to protect industry-leading home improvement company's mark, resulting in favorable settlement, including permanent injunction and transfer of numerous domain names
- Obtained orders transferring domain names from cybersquatters to numerous clients through ICANN's UDRP proceedings
- Represented author in alleged infringement of copyrights in educational study guides; case settled on confidential terms after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of author and reversed grant of permanent injunction
International Trademark Association
- Asia-Pacific Amicus Subcommittee, International Amicus Committee (IAC) (2008 - 2010)
- Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- "Minnesota Rising Star," Minnesota Law & Politics (2007 - 2009)
- "Up and Coming Attorney," Minnesota Lawyer magazine (2005) (The list is comprised of attorneys admitted to the bar within the last six years. Laura was one of fifteen attorneys selected by the editors of Minnesota Lawyer based on criteria that included significant activity in the bar or community, professional accomplishments, leadership positions and/or demonstrating great promise.)
- Co-author, "Supreme Court Holds 'First Sale' Doctrine Applies to Grey Market Goods - Resale of Copyrighted Items Made Overseas Not Copyright Infringement," Fulbright Briefing, March 21, 2013
- Contributor, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2006-2008, American Bar Association, January 2009
- Co-contributor, "Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law," quarterly summaries, Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, American Bar Association, 2005 - 2008
- Co-author, "Arbitrating Abroad," Minnesota Lawyer, September 2007
- Guest Moot Court Judge, Trademark Litigation Class, William Mitchell College of Law, Spring 2010
- Presenter, "Patent Primer," In-House Training Seminar for Education Company, July 2009
- Co-Presenter, "Trademark Law Developments: Changes That Impact Registration and Enforcement," Minnesota Intellectual Property Association CLE, February 14, 2008
- Presenter, "Persuasive Legal Writing," Training Program, January 2008
1999 - J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
1993 - B.A., Speech Communication, University of Minnesota
While at the University of San Diego, she served as Chief Comments Editor for the International Law Journal. She was admitted to practice law in California and before the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in 1999. She was admitted to practice law in Minnesota in 2003, and the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota in 2004. She is also admitted to the Eighth Circuit & Federal Circuit courts.
Laura enjoys outdoor sports, triathlons and reading.
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, pro bono lawyer (2008 - present)
- Feed My Starving Children, Fundraiser and Volunteer (2010 - present)
- American Red Cross, Twin Cities Chapter: Volunteer fundraising activities for 35W Bridge Collapse (2007)