Lee & Hayes Grows Life Sciences Practice

Seattle – June 13, 2014 – Lee & Hayes announced today that Life Sciences patent attorney Rachal Winger, Ph.D., has joined its Seattle office. The firm, which is an internationally ranked Intellectual Property (IP) law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, is expanding its Life Sciences practice by welcoming Winger as an integral member of this specialized group. Winger’s practice focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution, due diligence, patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments, and litigation evaluation and support.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rachal to our Life Sciences group and looking forward to having her help lead the charge in expanding our presence in the Seattle market and growing our client portfolio,” said Brett Nelson, partner and chair of the Chemical and Life Sciences practice group. “Skilled in IP law and highly respected in life sciences circles, Rachal is a valuable addition to our team.” 

Winger’s long-standing experience includes technologies related to the screening and development of various therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics for cancer, auto-immune diseases, chronic pain, wound healing, obesity, viral and bacterial infection, obstetrical complications and microbiome perturbations; stem cell technologies; delivery systems such as formulations, carriers, and nanoparticles; and other health-related technologies such as dietary supplements and exercise and physical therapy devices.   

Widely published, Winger’s work has been showcased in such periodicals as IP Today, the ABA Law Journal and Brain Research, among other life sciences publications. 

“I am happy to join an esteemed firm with a strong team culture that focuses on client service and mirrors my passion for life sciences and the protection of innovation,” said Winger.  “The firm’s innovative analytics services will enable me to better counsel my clients on IP issues, and I am eager to contribute to Lee & Hayes’ mission and vision for this key practice.” 

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Winger received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, magna cum laude, in 1995. She earned a master’s degree and later a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Colorado in 2000. While a graduate student, Winger was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health Individual National Research Service Award and an Outstanding Graduate Student Fellowship Award. She also taught molecular biology to undergraduates. 

After completing her doctorate, Winger attended law school at the University of California at Berkeley where she received a Juris Doctor in 2003. While pursuing her law degree, Winger served as an associate editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. 

Winger comes to Lee & Hayes from K&L Gates’ Seattle office where she served as a member of its Life Sciences practice since 2003. Three former K&L Gates colleagues are also joining Winger in the Lee & Hayes Life Sciences practice including Rachel Haller, associate, and Suzanne Carter and Amy Flores, both paralegals. As a team, all will further advance the firm’s services to life sciences clients.

The Lee & Hayes Life Sciences group is comprised of experienced attorneys registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Attorneys in this specialized practice provide legal and technical counsel to clients working with biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemical engineering, medical and surgical devices and nanotechnology, among other areas. 

About Lee & Hayes

Lee & Hayes, pllc, is a dynamic law firm providing industry leading IP counsel. Attorneys offer a full range of IP services including due diligence, patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments, and patent and trademark prosecution. Lee & Hayes attorneys also provide complementary legal services in corporate/securities, mergers and acquisitions, government relations and litigation. The firm emphasizes strategic services to assist clients in finding business solutions.  

Intellectual Asset Management Magazine (IAM), one of the leading trade publications covering the global IP industry, and Ocean Tomo Patent Ratings have repeatedly ranked Lee & Hayes No. 1 overall in the U.S. for patent quality and in the information technology industry. 

Lee & Hayes’ clients develop technologies, products, and services in many different fields, including electronics, computer software/hardware, network technologies, semiconductor technologies, digital media, business and financial services, E-commerce and mobile commerce, telecommunications, aerospace, life sciences, and nanotechnology. Representative life sciences clients include Eastman Chemical, Matrix Genetics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Wayne State University, Washington State University and Hyprotek.  The firm has offices in Seattle and Spokane, Wash.; Portland-Metro, Ore.; Austin, Texas; Rochester, N.Y.; and now in the Washington, DC-Metro area. For more information, visit 


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