Anne Burkhart has been registered before the USPTO since 1992. Anne earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School. Anne provides IP portfolio management and evaluation services for Medela. A key aspect of Medela’s success is a relentless focus on research-based medical technology. Medela produces products and innovations related to Breastfeeding and Medical Vacuum Technology. Medela was founded in 1961 by Olle Larsson. Since then, the company manufactures its key products in Switzerland and the USA and has further subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia. The company employs over 1000 people worldwide.
Cheryl Mendelson is a Senior Counsel with over 18 years of experience working in-house, with the last 14 years with GMR Marketing, an innovative global sponsorship and experiential company. Cheryl’s focus is on contract negotiations and development for GMR’s multitude of clients, along with general corporate practices. Cheryl has been successful at maintaining a work-life balance through self-advocacy, while continuing to further her career in the law working part-time from home and GMR’s offices in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to GMR, Cheryl worked at Miller Brewing Company focusing on sponsorship and alcohol compliance. Before attending law school, Cheryl worked as the Special Events Director at the Milwaukee County Zoo, planning events for the general zoo public. Along with the law, Cheryl has a passion for decorating, gardening, painting, hiking, biking and most importantly, Golden Retrievers. She and her husband have two boys, the oldest serving in the Peace Corps in The Gambia and the other will begin his senior year at Vanderbilt University.
Natasha L. Wilson is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Complex Employment Litigation & Trials group and Co-Chair of the Atlanta Labor & Employment Practice. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law, and devotes her legal practice to representing management in all aspects of employment law, from prevention and compliance issues to arbitration and litigation. She has litigated a wide variety of employment issues on the federal, state and local levels before courts and administrative agencies. Natasha works closely with her clients to provide counseling and consultation on employee matters, policy revisions, litigation prevention and the implementation of sound employment practices.
Prior to joining the firm, Natasha was an associate with one of the largest law firms in the Southeast. Her prior litigation experience includes representation of clients in environmental and toxic tort defense and general business litigation. She also has experience in white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations, electronic discovery and digital information. Before entering law school, Natasha worked as a television journalist for seven years.
A legal and civic leader, Mindi is a staunch advocate for her clients and community. She serves as managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Madison office and co-leads the firm’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Privacy, Security & Breach Response teams. She closely tracks developments in the law and ensures the firm’s service and offerings in these areas address the rapidly changing and complex legal, regulatory and risk environments in which clients operate.
Mindi is a seasoned counselor in emerging information technology and intellectual property matters and a key member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation group. She works closely with companies and individuals to achieve success in the following areas:
Recognizing and addressing privacy and security issues in all levels of product development, vendor contracting and in providing products and services to customers
Developing and launching IoT products and services
Using open source software and preparing open source policies and procedures
Data breach preparedness planning
Responding to large and small data breaches, including those involving sensitive information (including credit card information) and hacker extortion attempts
Identifying and protecting valuable intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and data
Litigating and resolving intellectual property and technology disputes in state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Litigating and resolving defamation, right of privacy and right of publicity actions
Licensing, selling and acquiring intellectual property and technology assets
Developing and maintaining enforceable confidentiality and trade secret programs
Preparing and negotiating complex technology transactions
Ensuring compliance with advertising laws and regulatory guidelines
Developing online contests and promotions, enforceable website terms and policies, and ADA-compliant websites
Mindi also focuses on making the Madison area a better place to live, especially for young people. Her community service work includes founding a chapter of, and serving in leadership roles for, Girls on the Run; and contributing volunteer legal hours to the Student Expulsion and Prevention Project (StEPP), which helps keep students learning in the classroom.
Joan McDonagh, who received a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 1985, practices law in the employee benefits area. She has worked for the organization since 2004 and for its wholly owned subsidiary EMJAY Corporation since 1988. Joan’s areas of expertise include ERISA compliance with an emphasis on fiduciary requirement.
Joan is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association. She is on the Government Relations Committee of the Society of Professional Asset-Managers and Record Keepers (SPARK) and formerly chaired the Public Policy Committee of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA). She is also a member and past Vice President of Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals Ltd.
Joan has written numerous articles and has presented a variety of seminars on retirement plan issues. She is a co-author of the 401(k) Answer Book, part of the Aspen Publishers’ Answer Book series.
Amy is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation group with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She practices intellectual property law, including patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and enforcement.
Amy's extensive industry knowledge benefits her U.S. and international clients in the manufacturing and technology sectors, most notably in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the following areas:
Ambient condition detection systems
Detection and measurement technologies
Fire and smoke detection systems
Gas detection systems
Mechanical and electro-mechanical devices
Amy manages patent and trademark portfolios for clients of all sizes, including large and mid-sized publicly traded and Fortune 500 companies, small privately owned companies, and individuals. She specializes in both domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and has extensive experience practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Tiffany S. Fordyce is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Workforce Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement group. She concentrates her practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment. Her employment litigation practice includes virtually all types of discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour claims, trade secret misappropriation claims, whistleblower claims, restrictive covenants, Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, and WARN Act claims. Tiffany defends both single plaintiff and class action employment cases. Tiffany represents employers in federal, state and administrative courts, as well as before administrative agencies.
In addition to litigation, Tiffany also presents group and one-on-one employment training seminars. She advises clients on how to avoid litigation by counseling on employment related matters such as managing leave policies, national and local reductions in force, handbooks, drug testing policies, employment and consulting agreements, severance packages, social media policies, proper employee classification, and non-competition and separation agreements.
Casey K. Fleming is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP where she focuses her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. Ms. Fleming’s employee benefits work includes advising private and public employers on the issues that affect retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation and severance arrangements, and employment agreements.
As Corporate - IP counsel for Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas (headquartered in London, England), Sara is responsible for mobilizing innovation, directing IP strategy, building, managing, protecting and leveraging Tate & Lyle’s worldwide patent assets for the Specialty Food Ingredients, Innovation & Commercial Development, Bulk Ingredients and Food Systems business units. She is also involved in various aspects of corporate IP practice, including IP agreements, technology licensing, IP due diligence for M&A transactions, open innovation matters and IP dispute resolution. Prior to joining Tate & Lyle, she was a partner in the IP group of the national law firm of Quarles & Brady. She is a registered patent attorney with over 15 years of patent prosecution and complex portfolio Management experience, specializing in the biochemical and biotech industries. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Trinity University in Texas, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Marquette University. Besides her children, one of her prized accomplishments as an attorney was being invited to speak at the National Academy of Sciences in 2004 to share her expertise with the nation's policy makers in the area of patenting structural genomics and proteomics.
Nancy A. Peterman is Chair of the Chicago Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice. She focuses her practice on corporate restructurings, bankruptcy and creditors' rights law, and has a wide range of experience representing debtors, purchasers of assets, committees and secured creditors. Nancy has restructuring experience in numerous industries, including energy, gaming, manufacturing, real estate, and retail, with a particular focus on health care.
Ms. Hartzell has significant experience in intellectual property litigation, including cases involving trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent. She also has experience enforcing covenants not-to-compete and confidentiality agreements. She protects her clients’ intellectual property rights and defends those accused of infringement. She works closely with her clients to understand their business needs and aggressively defends her clients’ interests, seeking the most efficient route to resolve litigation in a way that satisfies those needs. In 2014, Ms. Hartzell was named among the Law Bulletin’s "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch." She was selected for inclusion in the 2011-2015 Illinois Rising Stars® lists and a “2015 Emerging Lawyer” by Emerging Lawyers Magazine, which recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys in Illinois who are under 40 or practicing fewer than 10 years. In 2012, Ms. Hartzell received the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women's prestigious Alta May Hulett Award. Ms. Hartzell is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only, national trial lawyer honorary society. Ms. Hartzell earned her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School and her B.S. in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Nicole Behnen takes pride in helping clients in the defense of lawsuits involving products liability, premises liability and toxic torts. Nicole serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s national Products Liability and Toxic Tort practice. She serves as regional and local counsel for several major asbestos defendants. Nicole also represents clients in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois. She has been involved in asbestos litigation since 1996 and has extensive litigation experience in cases involving benzene, perchloroethylene, chrome, and other industry exposures. Nicole also serves as local counsel for several pharmaceutical and medical device companies.