SOL Lawyer Magazine_Fall 2021


JASON LORFING ’06 J.D. | Partner KORY KOTRBA ’09 J.D. | Partner SCOTT PEDERSON ‘11 J.D. | Partner NATHAN GALLUS ’12 J.D. | Patent Attorney BROOKS, CAMERON & HUEBSCH, PLLC

From left to right: Nathan Gallus ’12, Jason Lorfing ’06, Scott Pederson ’11, Kory Kotrba ‘09

Why did you go to law school? KOTRBA: Out of college I was offered a position to work as a chemical engineer for an international oil company and nearly accepted. However, my interest in law and innovation steered me toward law school and ultimately IP law. Why IP law? GALLUS: I took an IP survey course at St. Thomas and realized I could integrate my science background with my interest in the law. Then I took a patent survey course, a patent drafting course, and a trademarks course and landed an internship in Medtronic’s Corporate Patents Division. After interning, I loved the field and knew I wanted to pursue patent law. What’s the best part of your practice? LORFING: The subject matter is not repetitive or routine. While the mechanics of the work may repeat, the subject matter is new and interesting. It’s like being paid to be a student in many respects. What’s a challenging part of your practice? PEDERSON: Working with individuals who do not share the same passion or excitement of the practice. This area of law is not right for everyone and it can be very draining if it is not something you are passionate about doing.

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