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Lea received her Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, cum laude. During law school, she founded the Student Intellectual Property Law Association at St. Thomas. Additionally, she was sponsored by the Federal Bar Association to compete in the Thurgood Marshall moot court competition in Washington, D.C., and participated in St. Thomas' constitutional litigation practicum. Throughout law school, she worked in-house at an e-discovery company, learning the newest technology law.
Prior to law school, Lea earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, emphasis in biochemistry, from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. While earning her undergraduate degree, she was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma woman’s fraternity, interned with Medicins Sans Frontieres while abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, and established the Pepperdine student division of the American Chemical Society. Additionally, Lea travelled nationally with the Pepperdine debate team. After school, she worked as a chemist, researching microbial fuel cells and lithium ion batteries.
In her spare time, Lea teaches youth group at her church, volunteers with high school debate programs, and enjoys practicing yoga.
- Patent Freedom to Operate Searches, Opinions, Techniques, and Studies, (ABA, 2017), co-author
- Overview of Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers, Kinney & Lange, P.A., annual (contributing author)
- Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers, Kinney & Lange, P.A., annual (contributing author)
- Worked on a team conducting patent clearance studies for billion-dollar product lines and advised clients regarding risk management and patent avoidance strategies.
- Prepared and prosecuted patent applications on a variety of technologies on behalf of multi-national corporations, medium-sized businesses, small businesses and individual inventors.