Coats & Bennett PLLC announces that Brandee Woolard joined the firm as a patent attorney.

“We are excited to have Ms. Woolard join our firm,” states Justin Leonard, Member.  “Her skills add to an already expansive array of talent here at Coats & Bennett.  Ms. Woolard has an innate ability to quickly understand complex electrical inventions, making her a perfect fit in a firm committed to providing its clients with high quality patent services at market-competitive prices.”

Ms. Woolard earned her Juris Doctor with honors from Duke University School of Law in May 2014.  She passed the North Carolina Bar Exam in July 2014, and was recently sworn into practice.  While in law school, Ms. Woolard completed clerkships for Coats & Bennett and externships for the Court of Appeals of North Carolina and SAS Institute’s Patent Legal Group.  She was an editor and staff writer for the Duke Law and Technology Review, was a member of the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society, and held a vice president role in the Women Law Students Association.  Additionally, she received the 2014 Professional Award from the Duke Law Clinics for her service to clients in the Start-up Ventures Clinic.

In 2011, Ms. Woolard graduated Valedictorian of her class at North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Law and Justice.  She was an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers, and Service Raleigh. She was a recipient of the prestigious Park Scholarship.