Myers Bigel recently hosted a networking event for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Women in IP Law.
The April 21st session included women attorneys from throughout the Triangle, and a presentation on strategic networking by Camille Stell with Lawyers Mutual.
Stell, who serves as vice president, Client Services for Lawyers Mutual, has 30 years experience in the legal industry including working at a law firm as a paralegal. She is a graduate of Meredith College and the Meredith College Paralegal Program; past Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association; and has served on the editorial board of Legal Assistant Today magazine, Women’s Edge magazine, Carolina Paralegal News, as well as serving as the Supplements Editor for North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
Earlier this year, Stell was recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a “Women in Business” award winner.
AIPLA Women in Law works to facilitate and empower women in their practice of intellectual property law, focusing on developing substantive and relevant programming that promotes women in IP law and develops leadership opportunities within AIPLA.
It is an active committee within the AIPLA, a global leader in intellectual property through a commitment to education, outreach, member service and advocacy. The 14,000-member organization is made up of lawyers in private and corporate practice, government service, and the academic community representing individuals, companies and institutions involved in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property.
Nine of the partners at Myers Bigel, or roughly 33 percent, are women. In 2016, the firm named its first female Managing Partner in its 18-year history.
Each of the 33 dedicated attorneys at Myers Bigel is a substantive working patent lawyer, something unheard of at traditional leveraged law firms, as is the fact that they utilize experience and degrees in a particular technology to counsel clients on issues related to start up and spin-off companies, technology transfer, and collaborations between academia and industry in addition to building strong relationships with in-house corporate counsel.