('15) isn't inventing new technology, but that doesn't mean he's not having fun with it. As an intellectual property (IP) attorney, he says the most rewarding part of his job is working with and living vicariously through scientists and engineers who are building technology-based businesses.
"It is a very exciting and positive time for them, and I am glad to have the opportunity to share a small part of that,"
Brendan came to law school with a background in science, having earned a bachelor of science in physics from Harvey Mudd College. After working as a technical consultant in the defense industry for a while, as a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he was looking for a career change. He explains,
"I had enjoyed working in technical fields and wanted to remain connected to that community, without actually working in a lab. Intellectual property law seemed like a good fit given my background and work experience."
The wide range of resources we have here at Arizona Law helped prepare him for his new career:
"I was involved with the Arizona IP and Cyberlaw Society, Arizona Law Review, and a few other groups. I developed close relationships with several professors in IP and other fields."
Brendan says he's grateful for the preparation he received at Arizona Law. The college's growing
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Brendan also worked with closely with the
Career Development Office
(CDO) beginning in his first year, and was a February Bar taker. Both gave him a jump on things. Brendan's 1L mentor was a practicing patent attorney at a local firm. In fact, he got to know a number of IP attorneys at local and regional firms:
"One of these connections grew into interviews and a job offer for my 1L summer. I worked there continuously from then until after graduation."
He moved to San Diego and into his current position with Dinsmore & Shohl about a year after graduation. In his practice, he is daily able to immerse himself in new technologies through his work with startups that span biotechnology, optics, electronics, automotive technology, and other sectors.