Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Allie Krueger

Allie Krueger is an associate in Porter Wright's Corporate Department and she focuses her practice on intellectual property. As an attorney and U.S. patent agent in Munich, Germany, Allie routinely drafted and prosecuted U.S., U.K. and European patent applications in the areas of chemistry, molecular biology, immunology, pharmaceutical agents and formulations, medical applications and medical devices. She also prepared validity opinions and freedom to operate opinions. In addition to advising on U.S. and U.K. patent law, Allie participated in opposition matters before the European Patent Office.

What made you want to focus in your practice area?

My background is in science – I studied chemistry and biology – so I knew that I wanted to practice patent law when I applied to law school. Prior to my senior year of college, however, I had never considered a legal career. I always assumed that I would go on to graduate school or medical school. In fact, I didn’t know that a legal career was something that was even possible for someone with a degree in chemistry. I happened to meet a patent attorney during the first semester of my senior year at Indiana University and it was this meeting that sparked my interest in patent law. I enjoy writing and I have always loved science, so it seemed like patent law was the perfect option for me.

Name an attorney you admire and tell us why.

I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful attorneys, so choosing just one is impossible. Prior to joining Porter Wright, I had the chance to work with Sandra Pohlman, a founding parter at the German law firm df-mp, in Munich, Germany. Sandra was actually the attorney that inspired me to pursue my European and UK patent attorney qualifications. I happened to read an article about her while I was in law school and I was amazed by the fact that, not only was she was practicing as a US patent attorney abroad, but that she founded her own firm (the only female founding partner!) and was also qualified as a UK solicitor and German patent attorney. I was thrilled when I had the chance to work with her.

I also admire Holly Kozlowski. To say that I am fortunate to be working with Holly would be an understatement. I have learned more from her in my first year at Porter Wright than I have from any other attorney in my career. Holly is the definition of a leader and is the type of partner that you dream of working with as an associate. If I end up being even half as good of an attorney as Holly is, I will consider myself extremely lucky!

What advice do you wish you could give your younger self, just starting out in the legal field?

Do not be too hard on yourself - it is ok to make mistakes. Learn from your mistakes and turn them into positive experiences. It will make you a better attorney in the long run. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help or guidance.

Tell us about a charity, philanthropic activity you are involved and why?

I regularly donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a mother, I cannot imagine what those families are going through. The last thing that they need to worry about is paying for treatment for their sick child, so if I can contribute even a little bit and help make their lives easier, I am going to do that.

Tell us about your favorite thing to do outside of work.

Outside of work (and spending time with my daughter and husband) I really enjoy running. I find distance running to be such a great way to clear my head. It gives me quiet time to reflect and mentally prepare for the day ahead. I don’t get a lot of quiet time these days with a toddler running around the house, so having an hour or so each day to unwind and do something for myself is really important. It also gives me the time to catch up on some of my favorite podcasts - I don’t get to listen to them while driving to work at the moment!