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Dana Vallera is an associate in McKool Smith's New York office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate at an international law firm, where she represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation involving a wide range of technology, including semiconductors, genetic screening, and polymer manufacturing. She also gained extensive drafting experience, including drafting disclosures unique to patent litigation such as infringement contentions, claim construction filings, and Markman-related briefs and presentations.  

While attending law school, Dana was the articles editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law. She also participated in the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic: Mental Health Project.

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  • M. V. Martin, H. Dong, D. Vallera, D. Lee, L. Lu, R. Williams, G. D.  Rosen, J. M. Cheverud, J. G.  Csernansky, Independent Quantitative Trait Loci Influence Ventral and Dorsal Hippocampal Volume in Recombinant Inbred Strains of Mice, 5(8) Genes Brain Behav. 614 (2006)
  • H. Dong, C. A. Csernansky, M. V. Martin, A. Bertchume, D. Vallera, J. G. Csernansky, Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors Ameliorate Behavioral Deficits in the Tg257 Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease, 181(1) Psychopharmacology (Berl). 145 (2005)
  • Maureen Martin, Honxgin Dong, Dana Vallera, Mitchell Meltzer, Lu Lu, Robert Williams, Glenn D Rosen, John G. Csernansky, James Cheverud, Quantitative Trait Loci for Ventral Hippocampal Volume in BXD Recombinant Inbred Mice, Abstract presented at 2005 International Conference on Schizophrenia Research


J.D., with honors, University of Chicago, 2009

B.A. cum laude, Biology and Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2004

Court Admissions

  • State of New York
  • The U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
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