We feel that having a diverse perspective is important to staying ahead of the curve and providing our clients with the best possible service. As a result, we are committed to increasing diversity in our business and are delighted to collaborate with some truly outstanding females in the realm.
Megan McLoughlin is a data-driven patent attorney who has received various professional accolades for her efforts to identify USPTO trends and improve the prosecution procedure, including the IPR Gorilla 2022 emerging IP player award.
Prior to joining the Founders Legal team, Megan was the global director of the LexisNexis prosecution software suite, where she led innovative solutions for improving US prosecution outcomes.
Kennington Groff is an intellectual property, entertainment and business attorney with focuses on brand strategy, trademark and copyright registration, maintenance and enforcement, general counsel assistance, and the entertainment industry.
Early in her career, Kennington worked with top entertainment executives at HBO, NBCUniversal, and Lionsgate in their business and legal affairs offices in Los Angeles and New York City. In addition to her legal work, Kennington worked as a Clips Producer on Season 4 of Weather Gone Viral for The Weather Channel.
“Don’t give up on your motivation and passions…”
“I think the biggest obstacle in the field of law, and not just intellectual property specifically, is that we still get mistaken for the secretary or paralegal on the phone.
When I first began practicing, I did not include a picture on my signature block of my email because I did not want people to see that 1) I was young and 2) a female as my name is fairly gender neutral. I wanted my work to speak for itself and then whenever a phone call came up, there was not a lot to question when it came to my ability and skill level.
Even today when I take inbound leads coming to the firm, I still have a small handful of people that “clarify” several times when the conversation begins that they are speaking with an attorney. Some even ask for qualifications as if they don’t believe the response they are hearing. While this is not the norm for me as much anymore, it can still be easily heard in a voice through the phone when it does occur.”
“Go for it. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who do the job you want to have.”
There is a stigma with women sometimes where certain women feel there is only room for one at the table. I don’t think this is a good thought process to have, nor does it lift up other women trying to join the field.
“I am always happy to speak with people who reach out to me and show an interest in the type of work I do. Further, oftentimes I feel like when women are searching for a job, women feel like they have to tick every box under the requirements, so we don’t even apply. I recommend if you have a genuine interest in a job opportunity you come across to apply. Sometimes the right resume and personality can overcome any boxes not ticked.”
“I think we see more and more women starting their own businesses today than we have in the past. Women are more willing to take the risk now more than ever even if it is just a side hustle they begin to build. With that, I think there are a lot of females out there who want to be represented by a female attorney or just give back to another female working in the modern world.”
“Keep going. There are plenty of people that want to help and guide you along the way. I think women take a rejection harder than men and we over analyze what we did wrong or what we need to do the next time around. We often feel the imposter syndrome taking over, but in reality, you have just as much right to be in the room and bring a different set of skills than the person standing next to you. Keep working hard, don’t give up and your motivation and passions for your work will come through.”
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