Stinson Attorneys Accepted to the LCLD Fellows, Pathfinders Programs
Stinson LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Jeannie Boettler was selected as a 2021 Fellow by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and attorney Christina Hansen has been selected for the Pathfinders program.
Boettler's one-year fellowship provides extensive guidance on the fine points of legal practice through peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership and affiliated managing partners and general counsel.
Hansen was selected for the Pathfinders program, designed to equip diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys with tools to develop and leverage professional networks through relationship building, leadership training and career development.
"We are thrilled for this year’s group of Stinson participants. This is a rare opportunity to work with and learn from a select group of attorneys from diverse backgrounds who have been recognized for their potential as leaders in their organizations. We know Jeannie and Christina will grow and thrive in their programs," said Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Stinson's chief diversity & inclusion officer.
As a registered patent attorney, Boettler assists chemical, biotechnology and life sciences companies including private corporations, universities and government agencies. She works to secure and protect intellectual property rights in a variety of subject matters including those relating to DNA, RNA, and proteins, gene therapy, antibodies, biologics, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, drug conjugates, medical and research diagnostic assays, biomarkers and other subject matters. She also counsels clients on all aspects of patentability, invalidity, freedom-to-operate and other due diligence issues and helps prepare non-infringement and invalidation opinions.
Hansen's practice focuses on complex litigation, including product liability, contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation (Uniform Trade Secrets Act or UTSA) and torts, with industry experience in banking, software, aviation and aircraft crash defense. She has represented clients in state and federal court, managing discovery obligations and successfully drafting and arguing motions. Hansen also has done extensive work in appellate matters, including drafting petitions for review and appellate briefs and arguing before the Kansas Court of Appeals. She also has experience defending employers in a range of employment matters, including non-compete issues, alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and discrimination claims under federal, state, and local statutes.
LCLD is an organization of more than 300 general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation's leading law firms who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.