Lynn A. Lehnert applies her extensive scientific background to the practice areas of intellectual property and toxic torts. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with experience prosecuting both patent and trademark applications. She is also a seasoned toxic tort litigator.
In intellectual property, toxic torts, and environmental matters, Lynn leverages her extensive training and experience in biology, chemistry, and physics. While in law school, Lynn focused her studies on energy law, patent law, and the emerging issue of gene patents. She had the unique experience of working on the Human Genome Project for two years as a laboratory assistant. Her knowledge and technical skill bring a distinct advantage to clients in disputes involving complex scientific disputes, and enable her to communicate these issues effectively to clients and the court.
As a law student intern, Lynn served as a Prosecutor for the City of Chicago Department of Law. Before entering private practice, she served as an Assistant Missouri Public Defender, handling a full caseload of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile matters.
Lynn’s intellectual property practice focuses on patent litigation in several district courts. Her clients range from individual inventors to pharmaceutical development companies and large universities with extensive patent portfolios. Lynn also has experience litigating Hatch-Waxman cases on behalf of generic pharmaceutical companies
Her toxic tort and environmental experience includes working on complex federal-state herbicide class actions, as well as asbestos matters. Lynn’s environmental experience also includes silica and diacetyl exposures as well as water contamination issues.
In addition to her scientific training, Lynn draws on experience from an externship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she worked on matters involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Recovery Act (CERCLA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Clean Water Act (CWA); and various federal regulations.
Lynn also frequently writes about asbestos litigation for Goldberg Segalla’s award-winning Asbestos Case Tracker, which was recently named to the ABA Journal’s prestigious Blawg 100 and named the Best Litigation Blog for the last three years by the Expert Institute in its annual legal blog contest.
Honors & Awards
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western Districts of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2003
- Saint Louis University, B.A., B.S., 1998
- Michigan Center for Civic Education High School Mock Trial Tournament: Scoring Judge
- Fundamentals of Law and Trial Practice, Junior High School Elective Course: Instructor
- Children International: Active Contributor
- Legal Environment for Business. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2014): Instructor
News & Knowledge
Publications & Events
- “The Implications of Moderna’s Vaccine IP Defense Strategy,” (co-author), Law360, April 4, 2023
- “The Role of Morality in IP Suits Over COVID-19 Vaccines,” (co-author), Law360, August 5, 2022
- “Patent Strategy Considerations After Caltech Estoppel Ruling,” Law360, April 15, 2022
- “Beyond the Gateway Arch – Talc Litigation Update Eleven Months After Mammoth St. Louis City Jury Verdict,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Session, Summer 2019–Committee News, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
- “Can Biomarkers and Genetics Help Predict the Future of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma?” (co-author), FDCC Insights, September 2017
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