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Kirsten is a trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. She has served as lead counsel in numerous trademark, trade secret and patent infringement lawsuits in jurisdictions throughout the United States involving computer software and hardware, business methods, wireless technology, materials science and chemical products, and medical device technology. Kirsten has successfully handled numerous Markman hearings before District Court judges and court-appointed Special Masters. Further she has litigated disputes related to copyright matters, as well as software licenses and manufacturing agreements. Kirsten has represented Accuray Incorporated, Safeway, Kroger, Bayer/Medrad, Philips Healthcare, PPG Industries, Nintendo, 3M, Saint-Gobain, PNC and TeleTracking Technologies in intellectual property litigation matters.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1995, J.D., cum laude, Lead Topics Editor of the Law Review
  • Duke University, 1987, A.B., Chemistry and Economics

  • Office des brevets des États-Unis
  • Pennsylvanie

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Former Chair of the Federal Court Section and Former Elected Member of the Judiciary Committee
  • The Q. Todd Dickinson IP American Inns of Court – Founding Member and Former President
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Member of Local Patent Rules Committee
  • Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment – Board Member
  • Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. – Board Member

Récompenses et distinctions

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law, and Trade Secrets Law, 2013-2020. She also received the Best Lawyers™ "Lawyer of the Year" award in Pittsburgh in 2014 and 2018 for Copyright Law, in 2016 for Litigation - Patent, in 2017 for Litigation - Intellectual Property, in 2019 for Trademark Law, in 2020 for Patent Law, and in 2021 for Trade Secrets Law.
  • Selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for IP Litigation, 2004, 2014-2016, 2019-2020
  • Listed in International Asset Management "The World’s Leading Patent Litigators/IAM Patent 1000" (2016)