Dinsmore Cleveland Hires IP Attorney with Chemistry Background
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to welcome associate Stephanie Williams to its intellectual property group in Cleveland. The national firm, which opened its local office in 2017 with five IP attorneys, has continued to strengthen its offerings in the field ever since.
After earning her J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 2014, Williams spent the first five years of her career at Renner, Otto, Boiselle & Sklar, LLP, where she focused her practice on patent work for companies of all sizes across the globe.
“Stephanie is a skilled lawyer who really adds to what we already do here in Cleveland,” intellectual property partner Jim Dimitrijevs said. “We are happy to have her at Dinsmore.”
She is adept at preparing and prosecuting patent applications, and she has extensive experience conducting studies on infringement, validity, freedom to market and patentability.
Williams originally earned a B.S. in chemistry from Virginia Tech and intended to work in forensic science, but her dislike for the isolation of a lab led her instead to law school. However, since she began practicing law, she’s drawn heavily on her start in chemistry, having worked on patents for products from companies in the chemical and mechanical fields, including fuel additives, tire rubber and cameras.
“My education in chemistry was so helpful to get me started in my career in chemical intellectual property law,” she said. “You have to have that baseline knowledge. Now I’m excited to be a member of the Dinsmore team. I look forward to working with everyone while helping to build the firm’s intellectual property practice.”
Williams has lived in Cleveland with her husband for eight years. Together, they have 21-month-old twin daughters and spend their free time rooting for the Virginia Tech Hokies.