Intellectual Property and Technology Law Alumni Career Coaching

January 25, 2019

4:00 - 6:00PM 
4300 Nebraska Ave NW




In this annual event, PIJIP staff match students and recent graduates with practicing alumni working in their field of interest for one-on-one meetings. Each meeting is approximately 20 minutes, and may include advice on revising your resume and making contacts in the field. Registration requires an uploaded resume and short description of your field of interest to share with career coaches. 

JOIN AS A CAREER COACH: To join the event as a Career Coach, register at

REGISTER AS A JOB SEEKER: To join the event as a student or recent graduate job seeker, register at

NB: you need to upload a resume to register. It is advised that you first attend the January 14 Resume Review Pop Up, 3-5pm, Grossman Hall, and revise your resume.

Registered Career Coaches:

  • James Toupin
    General Counsel (Ret'd), US Patent and Trademark Office    
    Practice area: Intellectual property, international trade, mediation, administrative law

  • Melissa Maalouf
    Shareholder, ZwillGen PLLC
    Practice area: Internet and technology law - consumer protection and product counseling

  • Evi Christou
    Associate Attorney, Brinks Gilson & Lione
    Practice area: Intellectual property litigation and trademark prosecution and enforcement.  

  • Chitra Kalyanaraman
    Of Counsel, Maynard Cooper & Gale
    Practice area: Patent prosecution in the computer, electrical, and mechanical arts    

  • Diane Ghrist
    Associate, Latham & Watkins; Former Clerk to Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna, U.S. Court of Appeals
    Practice area: IP litigation

  • Aaron Clay
    Associate, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP; Former clerk to Hon. Kara F. Stoll, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    Practice area: Patent Litigation and Appeals

  • Brooke Olaussen
    Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson; Former fellow at Electronic Privacy Information Center
    Practice area: Telecommunications, internet and media

  • Chad Guo
    Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
    Practice area: Telecommunications and media law

  • Mark Consilvio
    Associate at Paul Hastings; Former Associate at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox 
    Practice area: Patent litigation and patent prosecution

  • Micah Ratner
    Assistant General Counsel, NPR
    Practice area: Media, Copyright, Privacy and Data Security, Litigation, Transactions

  • Colleen Wellington-Caban
    Associate Attorney, Gerben Law Firm, PLLC
    Practice area: Intellectual property- primarily trademark / copyright prosecution and enforcement

  • Oyvind Dahle
    Associate, Foley and Lardner
    Practice area: Patent prosecution

  • Dima Budron
    Associate, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp 
    Practice area: Copyright - Music, film and television industry   

  • Dana Justus
    Associate, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
    Practice area: Trademark and brand protection

  • Jonathan Stroud
    Chief IP Officer, Unified Patents Inc.    
    Practice area: Patents, post-grant review, licensing

  • Ali Sternburg
    Senior Policy Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
    Practice area: Copyright and Internet law and policy

  • Brian Dudley
    Associate, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
    Practice area: Patent procescution - biotech and chemical industries

  • Susan Mann
    Senior Director, Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft

  • Jerry Battist
    Retired, Patent Attorney; Founder, WCL IP Law Society; Member, Myers Society

  • J. Warren Lytle
    Partner, Sughrue Moin, Pllc.
    Practice area: All areas of patent law

  • Josh Bercu
    Associate, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP
    Practice area: Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • Mark Denbo
    Counsel, Smithwick & Belendiuk, P.C. 
    Practice area: Media law

  • Sofia Castillo
    Assistant General Counsel, Association of American Publishers 
    Practice area: Copyright and Public Policy