Jeffrey L. Clark
Jeffery N. Fairchild
Stephen D. Geimer
Martin L. Katz
F. William McLaughlin
Christian B. Miller
Dean A. Monco
John S. Mortimer
Paul M. Odell
Mark V. Polyakov
Peter J. Shakula
Joel E. Siegel
Kristina L. Swanson
Steven F. Weinstock
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The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2011
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Program in Clinical Cellular Sciences, 2004 CT(ASCP)
University of IL Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Microbiology, 2003
Kristina has been with the firm since March 2010 as a law clerk. In May 2011, she graduated from The John Marshall Law School and is now an Associate with the Firm. Currently, she focuses on writing and prosecuting patent applications, preparing instructions to foreign associates and providing freedom- to-operate, infringement, validity, and enforceability opinions in the areas of agricultural and pharmaceutical products.
During law school, Kristina was an extern in the Office of Patent Legal Administration and in the Central Reexamination Unit of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She also externed for the Honorable Judge John W. Darrah of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In addition, Kristina was an Articles Editor for The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, participated in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, received a Certificate in IP Law, and was a CALI award recipient.
Kristina has an extensive scientific background. While attending the University of Illinois, she worked in a molecular microbiology lab, investigating the integration mechanism of a conjugated transposon. She also worked for the National Soybean Research Laboratory, developing innovative techniques to determine soybean resistance to aggressive pathogens. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, Kristina worked in a molecular pathology laboratory at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, focusing on DNA methylation patterns of tumor suppressor genes. Upon moving to Chicago, she worked in a medical laboratory and continued to investigate viral pathways to carcinoma.
Kristina is actively involved in the intellectual property law community. She is a member of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. Kristina is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Kristina is a Crossfit enthusiast and enjoys volunteering with organizations that provide services to children with special needs and with animal rescue groups.