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Sarah Chapin Columbia

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Partner Sarah Chapin Columbia is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Over the last nine years, she has led 14 patent infringement and invalidity trials (eight jury trials, six bench trials) across several jurisdictions, including the federal courts in Massachusetts, Florida, Delaware, California and Texas.

Sarah also counsels clients on overall intellectual property strategy and positioning, including litigation avoidance. She provides legal services across several industries, including semiconductor, pharma/biotech, internet, hardware and software, medical device and manufacturing companies.

Sarah is a member of the faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, where each year she teaches a two-day course focused on US patent litigation.

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Professional Memberships

The Sedona Conference®, Working Group on Patent Damages and Remedies

Boston Bar Foundation, trustee

Wesleyan University, President’s Council

Admitted to practice in Massachusetts



Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1987

John F. Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University, MPP, 1987

Wesleyan University, BA, 1982