Donna M. Praiss, incoming Treasurer, is Of Counsel at Michelman & Robinson's New York office and a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Department. She specializes in counseling clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries on a broad range of intellectual property matters. She has extensive expertise in patent litigation, prosecution and strategy.
Prior to joining M&R, Ms. Praiss was a partner at Hunton & Williams, LLP from 2005 to 2009, where she was a founder of the firm’s intellectual practice group in the New York office. She was previously a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP from 1997 to 2005 and the first female associate elevated to the partnership of the nearly 130-year-old firm.
During her tenure as President of the New York Women's Bar Association, the chapter adopted a professionally designed logo for brand identity, revitalized the acclaimed Mentoring Circles program to support women in the profession, received a sizable bequest from one of its founders, substantially increased membership, and increased the participation of those practicing in and before the Federal courts. In addition, the NYWBA Foundation received a very generous donation that now supports fellowships through the Feerick Center at Fordham University.
Ms. Praiss has served NYWBA in the roles of Vice President and Recording Secretary and she previously served as a member of the Board of Directors. She was Co-Chair of the Committee to Advance the Status of Women in the Profession for four years, which issued its first report on the Status of Women in the Profession based on a survey of Manhattan law firms designed and conducted by the Committee. She also served on the Technology and Internet Law Committee, which enabled the Chapter to establish and maintain its website at nywba.org. She also co-chairs the Women in IP Committee created this year by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.
Ms. Praiss is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she served as Projects Editor of the American Journal of Law & Medicine and Chief Justice of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She obtained a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware, where she was President of the Mortar Board Honor Society and Vice President of the Resident Student Association.
In addition to her work on behalf of the Women’s Bar, Ms. Praiss also serves on the Advisory Board of Breast Cancer Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by inspirational women in her community.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children.
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