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Michelle Ware Skinner

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Michelle's practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent and copyright infringement litigation. Drawing on her background in mechanical engineering and business administration, Michelle represents clients in a variety of disciplines, including electrical and computer systems and wireless technologies. She also helps these clients protect their intellectual property in the online world.

Michelle has litigated cases in federal district courts across the country and represented clients before the International Trade Commission. She previously served as the primary legal advisor to the world's largest online health resource specifically targeted to African Americans.

In addition, Michelle has served as a mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, a nonprofit that provides free mediation services to organizations, schools, and individuals across Chicagoland. Michelle has applied this extensive mediation experience to her practice and helped her clients secure favorable settlements in a variety of business and intellectual property disputes.

American Bar Association
Intellectual Property Law; Diversity Action Committee
Intellectual Property Law; Patent Litigation
National Bar Association
Intellectual Property Section
Intellectual Property Owners Association
Protecting Your Brand in the Face of Expanded Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) (Spring 2015)
Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Webinar sponsored by Financial Poise and West LegalEdcenter (October 28, 2014)
Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs live presentation at the National Society of Black Engineers' Regional Conference (Long Island, NY) (November 22, 2013)
Michelle Ware Skinner
Northwestern University School of Law
J.D. (2002)
University of Cincinnati
M.B.A., Operations Management (1994)
The Ohio State University
B.S.M.E. (1988)
Thompson Coburn, LLP
Counsel, 2013-present
BlackDoctor, Inc.
Chief Counsel, 2010-2013
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Intellectual Property Associate, 2002-2010
Cargill, Inc.
Department Manager, 1994-1999
Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co.
Team Manager, 1989-1992
Illinois (2002)
Illinois District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2002)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2003)