Above the Law’s Gaston Kroub sits down with our Chair of Life Sciences Practice Group, Katherine Rubino, to discuss Caldwell’s efforts to bridge patent law’s gender gap, it’s winning IP strategy and commitment to public service. In part one of this two part series, Katie discusses the firms latest public service commitment along with the motivation and challenges for taking on pro-bono cases in intellectual property law.


It is not every day that a boutique law firm is profiled in Inc. magazine, much less highlighted two years in a row as one of the fastest-growing businesses in the U.S., as well as the fastest-growing law firm for 2021. But for Caldwell, the attention is quickly becoming routine. Besides for the firm’s meteoric growth — achieved in the midst of this seemingly never-ending pandemic — Caldwell’s focus on recruiting female attorneys is worth our attention and plaudits. As we approach the end of 2021, a year that saw increased attention on patent law’s gender gap, I think it is fitting to spotlight a firm that is doing its best to render that gender gap a relic of the past. I was very pleased, therefore, to have had the opportunity for an introductory call post-IP Dealmakers with the chair of Caldwell’s Life Sciences Patent Group, Katherine Ann Rubino, in which I got the chance to learn more about the firm and its commitment to public service. And I am especially pleased that Katie has agreed to be my final interviewee of 2021, which for so many in the IP community was a year of challenge and adaptation to our new reality, particularly on the work front.

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