Natalie A. Bennett focuses her practice on intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent infringement and trade secret litigation. She has litigated for technologies in the computer networking, electrical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
Previously, Natalie served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for the Honorable John D. Love of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She frequently relies on her clerkships when advising clients. During district court proceedings, Natalie pays particular attention to issues that may be pertinent to an appeal, including error preservation strategies.
Natalie has extensive experience preparing briefs and pleadings, including post-trial submissions and appellate briefings. She has argued before the Federal Circuit and has also argued high-stakes issues in district courts such as motions for judgment as a matter of law and preliminary injunction proceedings.
As a trial lawyer, Natalie has litigated seven intellectual property disputes through trial to final judgment, including the first verdict obtained under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. She is skilled in taking and defending depositions, and examining fact and expert witnesses at trial before a jury.
Natalie maintains an active pro bono practice. She advocates frequently for veterans through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and she has a record of successfully negotiating individualized education programs for children with disabilities. She was part of successful cross-office pro bono litigation teams prosecuting claims of pregnancy discrimination and copyright infringement in federal court.
While in law school, Natalie was the editor in chief of the I/S Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. Before attending law school, she received funding through the National Science Foundation to conduct biomedical research relating to retinal neural regeneration. Natalie is the co-author of a peer-reviewed publication appearing in Experimental Eye Research.