Olivia is an intellectual property litigator who represents individuals and corporations across the country in complex technological matters. She helps clients protect, enforce, and defend intellectual property rights, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks. Her industry-diverse practice includes the fields of biochemistry, chemistry, computer engineering, electrical engineering, metallurgy, nanotechnology, software design, and mechanical engineering, among others.
An experienced trial lawyer, Olivia has litigated and tried significant cases before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and other federal courts around the country, and has also briefed and argued patent appeals before the Federal Circuit.
Before practicing law, Olivia spent five years as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, gaining extensive experience regarding the use of procedures available before the USPTO. Olivia devotes a substantial amount of her time to pro bono service. In 2018, she won the Excellence in Pro Bono Service award, presented by The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and The Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Her dedication began when she represented a Chicago high school student charged with first-degree felony murder in People v. Shannon, which received national attention after a videotape of the incident went viral.
Year after year, leading industry publications and legal directories recognize Olivia as a top attorney in her field. She is consistently ranked in Best Lawyers of America, Leading Lawyers of Illinois, and Illinois Super Lawyers (Top 100 Attorneys and Top 50 Female Attorneys).
In 2018, Olivia was named to the 2018 DiversityMBA Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders list. She was also presented an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service in 2018 by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Olivia was recognized as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2014. Also in 2014, she was recognized among the “Top 250 Women IP Attorneys” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.
In 2011, the American Inns of Court honored her with its Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service in recognition of her pro bono representation of Silvonus Shannon. She was presented the award by Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, the Linn Inn Alliance honored her with the first Linn Inn Alliance Distinguished Service Medal in 2011 for her contributions in founding and supporting intellectual property based American Inns of Courts.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
- Supreme Court of Illinois
- Richard Linn American Inn of Court, Co-founder, Executive Director and Former President
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Local Patent Rules Committee, Member
- Economic Club of Chicago, Vice-Chair of Membership Subcommittee III
- Ladies in IP Society, Co-founder
- Women's Coalition, Delegate
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
- Chicago Bar Association, past Judicial Evaluation Committee Member
- Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
- Federal Circuit Bar Association, past PTO Committee Chair, past Law Students and Law Clerks Chair, Membership Chair
- American Writers Museum, Board Member, Founder of Chicago Council for AWM
- Chicago Innovation Awards, Member and Women Mentoring Co-op
- Chicago Inventors Organization, past Board of Directors