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Dorothy P. Whelan

Dorothy P. Whelan '87 was named to the 2017 list of "Attorneys of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer. She is partner in the Minneapolis, MN, office of Fish & Richardson PC and co-chair of the firm's post-grant practice group.


Credentials: SM in polymers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and BS in chemistry from Yale University. Focus: Patent law with extensive experience on post-grant proceedings. Victory: Won three much-heralded inter partes reviews (IPRs) for Coherus BioSciences in 2017 that invalidated three patents covering competitor AbbVie’s blockbuster biologic drug Humira. Raising the Bar: Her work is now a model for how other biosimilar patents can be successfully attacked and challenged.