Karen Potter

McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP

3-5 years

Karen G. Potter is an associate in McKenna, Long & Aldridge's intellectual property and technology practice. Potter focuses her practice on intellectual property law in the biotechnology and life science fields, including patent preparation, prosecution, diligence and counseling of clients. Her knowledge of patent systems, and her technical expertise in molecular and cell biology and immunology, enable her to quickly grasp complex technologies and propose patent strategies that are of value to clients. Potter represents small and mid-size biotechnology companies, and she has contributed to the issuance of numerous patents in the United States and international jurisdictions on behalf of the clients she represents.

Potter also has published on intellectual property-related issues that impact the biotechnology community. Most recently, Potter has published on topics related to the Supreme Court's decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc., and on issues related to implementation of new patent laws in the United States this year under the America Invents Act.

Potter is a member of the firm-wide associates committee, and heads the associates committee in the North County San Diego office of McKenna. She also is an active member of the firm’s San Diego/Orange County women's steering committee.

Potter volunteers her time to firm-sponsored volunteer opportunities, as well as other professional organizations. She is a member of the biotechnology committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on the diagnostics and gene patenting subcommittee and regional/social subcommittee.

Potter graduated magna cum laude from California Western School of Law in 2010, which she attended part-time while working fulltime as a patent agent. Potter worked as a patent agent for national and international law firms for five years prior to graduating law school. She also is a Ph.D. scientist with a graduate degree from Duke University in cell and molecular biology, and has post-doctoral research experience from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2013

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 2013 Finalists

1-2 years

Ben Aguilar

Law Offices of Ben Aguilar

Jessica Blas

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Tyler Campbell

Foldenauer Law Group

Ben Coughlan

Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys

Michael Dallo

Dallo Law Group

Jeremy Evans

California Sports Lawyer

Michael Fullam

Parker Straus LLP

Kristen Gonzales Roberts

San Diego Law Firm

Melissa Laugle

Heggeness Sweet Simington & Patrico

Jing Li

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Aastha Madaan

Brownstone Law Group P.C.

Jacob Stipp

The Ellis Firm

Brooke Tabshouri

Fisher & Phillips

Geoff Thorne

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Alisha Wood

Law Office of G. Cole Casey

3-5 years

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Ankur Garg


Michael Healy

Fredrickson, Mazeika & Grant LLP

J. Patrick Hicks

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Tim Johnson

Ogletree Deakins

John Landay

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Michael Leonard

San Diego Corporate Law

Jessica Mackaness

McKenna Long & Aldridge

Kevan McLaughlin

McLaughlin Legal

Caroline Perry

San Diego Padres

Karen Potter

McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP

Scott Salmu

Salmu Law Firm APLC

Travis Stewart

Provide Commerce Inc.

6-7 years

Sigurd Carlson

Sempra Energy

William Concidine

East Village Law Group

Greg Del Gaizo

Robbins Arroyo LLP

Heather Ferbert

Christensen & Spath LLP

Brian Findley

Mulligan & Banham

Angela Jae Chun

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Sondra Levine

UTC Aerospace Systems

James Mann

Latham & Watkins

Lindsey Mercer

Law Offices of Lindsey B. Mercer

Puja Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

Alexandra Selfridge

Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield

Ashley Teague

Teague Law

Tyler Theobald

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

Harold Trimmer

Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch and Pott

Kyle Yaege

Galuppo & Blake

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Important Dates

Nominations Open September 11
Nominations Close October 31
Nominees Published November 8
Finalists Notified November 11
Sponsorship/Advertising December 9
Publication December 18



Timothy Hutter, Allen Matkins

Associate at Allen Matkins San Diego, Timothy Hutter's drive and passion for law have earned him recognition as a top Young Attorney for 2012 by The Daily Transcript.

Past Events

Young Attorneys reception

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