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Overview

Laura Wytsma’s practice focuses on intellectual property proceedings in federal court, with an emphasis on patent and appellate litigation. In addition to intellectual property matters, Laura's broad litigation experience includes representations involving claims for false advertising and Lanham Act violations; defamation; violation of privacy and publicity rights; telemarketing litigation; and complex commercial disputes.

In addition to her appellate work, she has substantial trial experience. During law school, Laura tried numerous misdemeanor criminal cases, successfully securing convictions in all of the cases. After law school, she served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Honors Program. As a government trial attorney, Laura gained daily courtroom experience as she tried hundreds of criminal and removal cases for the INS. Following her transition to civil practice, she has continued trying cases in patent infringement matters.

Laura is actively involved in pro bono litigation and has represented over a dozen refugees seeking asylum from China, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iran, Mexico, Russia, and Syria, as well as victims of domestic violence, in Immigration Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., with distinction
  • George Mason University, B.S., with high distinction, Presidential Scholar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Recognition

  • Named among “Top Women Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal (2014)
  • Named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2013-2018); Listed in "IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP" (2013)
  • Named "Southern California Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Litigation by Thomson Reuters (2012-2018)
  • Recipient, President’s Pro Bono Service "Law Firm Team" Award from California State Bar (2011)
  • Nominee, Los Angeles Business Journal "Women Who Make a Difference Award" (2006, 2011)
  • Recipient, Professional and Community Service Award from Loeb & Loeb LLP (2010)
  • Named a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation by Southern California Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business (2007)
  • Recipient, Inaugural Angel Award from California Lawyer (2006)
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Advocate of the Year from Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (2004)

Affiliations

  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Inn of Court (2007-2009)
  • LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee (2001-2006)
  • Board Member of the Public Counsel Emergency Fund for Torture Victims
  • Contributing "LegalEase" columnist for California Lawyer magazine on effective writing