Outstanding Legal Professionals: Michele Clark
A patent paralegal who’s her office’s encyclopedia for foreign filings

by Doug Chartier

Being recognized as one of Law Week’s Outstanding Legal Professionals was a “shock” to Michele Clark — she’s not someone who pats herself on the back, she said.

“I can be the best at my job, but there are still ways to improve.”

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton nominated her for the honor, pointing to her stature as a go-to information resource on patent prosecution. Clark has worked as a paralegal for nearly 10 years at the firm’s Denver office, which has one of the largest groups of intellectual property practitioners of any law office in Colorado.

An expert on foreign patent filings, Clark has amassed institutional knowledge not only on the procedures for getting patents in numerous countries abroad but also on the inner workings of the firm’s patent prosecution staff.

The latter has come in handy in a role she took on about two years ago: workflow coordination. Clark works with attorneys to assign paralegals and other staff to clients on patent projects. To be effective, she has to know which staff and clients work especially well together. She also has to have a strong sense of everyone’s workload at any given time, in case any work needs to be moved around to give someone more billable hours or to avoid over- loading a staff member. “It’s a balancing act, definitely,” she said.

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