The Membership, Diversity, and Law Students and Clerks Committees present: STARTING YOUR OWN LAW FIRM

On Thursday, April 2, 2015 (3:00 to 4:15 pm EDT), the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is sponsoring a teleconference panel titled “Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Law Firm.”  This panel is directed to law students and lawyers with 1-5 years of experience.  The panel will explore the experiences of five attorneys who successfully practice in small intellectual property law firms. Students can participate in the program by “dialing in.”


  • Lisa Dunner, Managing Partner, Dunner Law PLLC
  • Barbara Murphy, Partner, Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC
  • Reynaldo Barcelo, Partner, Barcelo, Harrison, and Walker LLP
  • Graciella Cowger, Partner, Stolowitz, Ford & Cowger LLP
  • Brittany Maxey, Owner, Maxey Law Offices PLLC


  • Mike Mireles, Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Please join the panel discussion about starting your own law firm. The panelists will discuss the challenges of starting and maintaining a small law firm. The panel will examine issues related to transitioning from an established law firm and developing clients, as well as discussing the personal satisfaction of managing and working in your own law firm.

Private Practitioner Cost:

FCBA Member – Complimentary

Non-Member $120

Government/Academic/Retired Cost:

FCBA Member/ Students – Complimentary

Non-Member $35

To register for this Program, please follow these instructions:

1) To participate via the teleconference, please visit the registration website.

2) Law Students can participate in this program complimentary.

3) This is a non-CLE program.

If you wish to join the FCBA, go to the website. The FCBA is the national organization for the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. They sponsor numerous intellectual property law related programs relevant to law students and award scholarships and also hold a national conference every year and publish articles through the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and FCBA Newsletter. Notably, all of their webinars are now offered for free to members. And, students may join the FCBA for free.