Tamera Weisser

Jones Day

Young Attorneys 2010: 6-7 years

Tamera (Tammy) Weisser is an intellectual property associate in the San Diego office of Jones Day.  Her practice includes domestic and foreign patent portfolio development, management and enforcement in biotechnology, including immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, genetics, cell biology, stem cell therapy, gene therapy and medical devices. Weisser has particularly extensive experience in the field of antibody technology, and has represented clients such as Kyowa Hakko Kirin, MacroGenics and MedImmune (now part of AstraZeneca) in developing their antibody portfolios. Other representative clients include Altair Therapeutics, Ambit Biosciences, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, BioSphere Medical (now part of Merit Medical), Celgene, Monogram Biosciences (now part of LabCorp), and the Regents of the University of California. She also performs patent validity, noninfringement and freedom-to-operate analyses, and conducts due diligence of patent portfolios for potential investors, acquirers and licensees, such as venture capital firms or pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Apposite Capital, Celgene, GeoSynFuels and Mitsui Ventures.

In addition to her intellectual property practice, Weisser is part of the San Diego office’s recruiting committee and has been actively involved in organizing the summer associate program.  She also mentors and supervises a number of less experienced associates.   

Weisser earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. While attending law school, she worked full-time as a patent agent in the Washington, D.C., office of Hale and Dorr LLP and was involved in biotechnology patent prosecution and litigation support. 

Before pursuing her legal career, Weisser obtained a Ph.D. in immunology and virology in 2000 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition, she was formerly a research scientist studying DNA-based vaccine technology at Agracetus Inc. in Madison, Wis., and the Emory University Vaccine Research Center in Atlanta, Ga. She received her B.S. degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. 

Weisser is admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, and she is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is currently an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, Athena San Diego, the San Diego chapter of the Association for Women in Science, Lawyers Club of San Diego and Mother Attorney Mentoring Association. She is married and the mother of 3-year-old Jackson.

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2010

This is the culmination of a peer nominating process that asked San Diego County lawyers to name the best young attorneys in San Diego County who are: Hard-Working & Detail-Oriented, Knowledgeable & Enthusiastic, Ethical & Professional, and Committed to Furthering the Interests of Justice in Society.

Young Attorneys 2010 Finalists

1-2 years

Erika Anderson


Robert Bello

Berman & Riedel LLP

Theresa Bowen

Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley LLP

Shawn Cobb

Latham & Watkins

N. Ben Cramer

Mulligan & Banham

Ahmed Diab

Law Offices of Robert A. Stutman P.C.

Dawn Fonseca

Littler Mendelson

Renee Galente

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Eric Ganci

Galente Ganci APC

Andrew Haden

United States Attorney’s Office

Kimberly Kirkpatrick

The Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck

Araceli Martinez

Law Offices of Araceli Martinez

Kevan McLaughlin

McLaughlin Legal

Mhairi Ransom

Allen Matkins

Geoffrey Spreter

Law Offices of Alex Schack

3-5 years

Cecilia Brennan


Marissa Dragoo


Kriste Draper

Children’s Advocacy Institute, USD School of Law

Andrew Gregor

Foley & Lardner LLP

Ben Howard

Neil Dymott

Michael Kinslow

Zalkin Law Firm PC

Maureen Mueller

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Justine Phillips

Baker & McKenzie

Puja Sachdev

Law Offices of Julia M. Garwood

Jason Schingler

Worden Williams APC

Daphne Skogen

Herold & Sager

Devin Storey

The Zalkin Law Firm PC

Shawn Tafreshi

San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

Ben Wagner

Mintz Levin

Colleen Warren

Lewis & Warren APLC

6-7 years

Andrew Abrams

Fish & Richardson

Elizabeth Barros

Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc.

Graham Buccigross

Sheppard Mullin

Courtney Bunt

Duane Morris LLP

Ted Fates

Allen Matkins

Bibianne Fell

Fleming & Fell PC

Lara Garner

Fish & Richardson

Jennifer Hansen

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman PC

Jeremiah Moffit

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Ronson Shamoun


Joshua Sonné

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley LLP

Matt Steiner

Morrison & Foerster

Tamera Weisser

Jones Day

David Zachry


Bryan Ziegler

County of San Diego

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Nominations Open: September 15
Nominations Close: October 20
Nominees Announced: November 3
Finalists Notified: November 5
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Publication Date: December 15

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Transcript reporter Doug Sherwin talks to Nadia P. Bermudez of the Brown Law Group LLP at the 2007 Young Attorneys reception.