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05.16.2016 Dr. Rebecca Hammond Joins Williams Mullen’s Intellectual Property Practice

Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebecca L. Hammond has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice.  Dr. Hammond joins Williams Mullen after moving from Washington D.C., where she was an Associate at an intellectual property law firm.  Her practice focuses on intellectual property law with a concentration in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as legal opinions covering validity, infringement, freedom to operate and patentability.

She brings an unusual background to the firm, as she received both her Juris Doctor degree and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Hammond’s Ph.D. allows her to capably advise clients in the chemistry and biotechnology industries, as well as related fields.

“We are very excited to add Rebecca to our Intellectual Property Practice,” Carolinas Managing Partner David Paulson said.  “Her technical training adds additional depth to our very busy biotech team, and I am confident that her experience and counsel will be highly valued by our industry clients.”

Dr. Hammond focused her doctorate research on the effects of estrogens on cognition, and specifically the characterization of GPR30, a membrane-bound G-protein coupled receptor that mediates estrogen effects on neurons.  She obtained two grants from the National Institutes of Health to fund this work and received Pitt's School of Pharmacy Graduate Student Excellence Award.

Dr. Hammond is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. She is not licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from NC State.