Lea E. Westman is a registered patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Her practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, freedom-to-operate analysis, and clearance opinions, primarily in materials science, chemical engineering, and biotechnology.
During law school, she founded the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. Additionally, she was sponsored by the Federal Bar Association to compete in the Thurgood Marshall moot court competition in Washington, D.C., and participated in UST’s litigation practicum. Prior to law school, Lea earned her B.S. in chemistry from Pepperdine University, and worked as a chemist, researching microbial fuel cells and lithium ion batteries in a materials science laboratory.
In her free time, Lea coaches the University of St. Thomas team to the AIPLA Moot Court Competition. In 2018, her students won the MIPLA state tournament and the AIPLA Midwest Regional Tournament, where they were awarded Best Brief, and advanced to the AIPLA National Competition in Washington, D.C. In 2019, her students were finalists at the AIPLA Midwest Regional Tournament, and advanced to the AIPLA National Competition in Washington, D.C., where they placed sixth in the nation.
University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis, MN, 2015
J.D., Cum Laude
Head Coach – AIPLA Moot Court at the University of St. Thomas School of Law
Community Service Award – 200 Hours, 2015
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Scholarship, 2015
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Sponsorship, 2013
Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter
Co-presenter, “Medical Device IP Strategies for Executives and Inventors”
Medical Design & Manufacturing, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN October 23, 2019