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Patricia A. Clark '13

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Patricia A. Clark ’13, Ph.D., J.D., is an associate in the biotechnology/chemical group at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. She assists in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. Her professional expertise includes reproductive physiology, molecular biology, biomedical engineering and biochemistry.

While earning her Ph.D. at Cornell University, Clark was the recipient of the Endocrine Trainee Day Award funded by The Endocrine Society.

At Hofstra Law, she served as a student editor for the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association. She was also the recipient of Hofstra Law’s Service Award for her clinical work representing clients of modest means in arbitration matters initiated by or against investors before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as a Legal Diversity Scholar sponsored by the Leadership Council.

Briefly describe your career path and current area of practice.

In college I majored in biology and chemistry and built on my science background in graduate school. I hold a Ph.D. in molecular and integrative physiology/biomedical engineering. Directly following graduate school, I attended Hofstra Law, where I earned my J.D., concentrating on intellectual property law.

I sought out a career where I could flex my legal muscles and be an advocate for science. For me, that career path led me directly to patent law.

Which skills that you learned or experiences you had at Hofstra Law have proved most valuable in your work?

I credit Hofstra Law with helping me to build the necessary framework for a successful legal career. At Hofstra, I was able to participate in many classes and activities, such as the Securities and Arbitration Clinic and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, that honed my legal research, writing and speaking skills.

Additionally, the entire intellectual property curriculum at Hofstra Law produced a valuable legal skill set for me to rely on during my legal career. 

What advice would you offer to prospective students about making the most of their Hofstra Law experience?

My key words of advice would be to get involved. Get on a journal, join law school groups or legal organizations, participate in a clinic — all of these activities will help to refine your legal skills.

What advice would you offer to Hofstra Law students about best preparing themselves for the jobs in the IP field?

My advice for preparing for a job in the IP field is to take advantage of all the wonderful intellectual property opportunities at Hofstra Law. A solid IP foundation will take you a long way in your career.