Natalie has litigated ten high-stakes IP trials through 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 assists clients by preparing briefs and pleadings, including post-trial submissions and appellate briefings. She has also handled oral arguments before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as high-stakes issues in district courts, including motions for judgment as a matter of law and preliminary injunction proceedings.
Previously, Natalie served as a judicial clerk for Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for Judge John D. Love of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Natalie relies on her clerkship experience, paying particular attention to issues that may be pertinent to an appeal, including error preservation strategies.
Outside of her IP work, Natalie maintains an active pro bono practice, serving as counsel for veterans through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, she was a partner in the intellectual property practice of another global law firm, where she obtained a precedential decision at the Federal Circuit establishing that veterans must have a full understanding of the consequences of withdrawing a claim for disability benefits for the withdrawal to be effective.
Natalie is an active member of local and national bar organizations. In Washington, DC, she serves as the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court program chair and on the ChIPs Next Generation Committee, and has led committees for the Federal Circuit Bar Association. In Texas, Natalie is a longtime member of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, where she is actively involved in planning the Eastern District of Texas Bench & Bar Conference and serves as an officer to the Association of Former Law Clerks for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.