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John Wilson ’08

Pursuing challenging and rewarding career as Seattle-based IP lawyer

John WilsonJohn Wilson ’08, a Portland, Ore. native, is an associate with the law firm of K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, Washington. K&L Gates comprises more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in 46 offices located on five continents. Prior to joining the firm, Wilson was the lead clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office in Eugene.

Graduating from George Fox University in 2003 with a degree in management and organizational leadership, Wilson found himself wanting to pursue a more exciting and challenging career. Completing a review of career paths, Wilson decided to attend law school where he could obtain a degree that would enable him to work directly with clients while being faced with new and exciting challenges daily.

Choosing Oregon Law, Wilson was prepared for his career through learning “the basic” core curriculum (i.e., a contact requires offer, acceptance and consideration) and how to think and act like a lawyer.

“My professors at Oregon didn’t settle for us merely regurgitating the elements of a tort —they asked me to understand why each element was required,” said Wilson. “These analytical skills have served me well.” Wilson’s involvement during school included working on the Oregon Law Review, Moot Court Board and the Legal Ballers Association.

Wilson’s advice to students considering Oregon Law: Not only single people who study 90 hours per week are successful in law school. “I did fairly well in law school and went through the experience as a happily married husband and father with two kids.”

As an attorney at K&L Gates, Wilson’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation with an additional emphasis on complex commercial litigation. His experience includes numerous court appearances on behalf of clients, negotiation of favorable settlements, and assisting with Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission in Washington D.C. In the area of intellectual property disputes, Wilson has experience litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secrets cases on behalf of clients in a variety of markets.

“I enjoy learning about each of my clients’ businesses, and feeling the satisfaction that I am helping them succeed,” said Wilson. “I am very fortunate to work with a great group of incredibly bright lawyers who I learn from everyday.”

Wilson also has a strong commitment to pro bono services. He has assisted in the drafting of a Ninth Circuit appellate brief on behalf of a Mexican immigrant placed in removal proceedings. He has also provided counsel to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho & Washington, the Washington German Shepherd Rescue, and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.


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