Shumaker & Sieffert
Making partner is the goal for many attorneys, and it usually comes at the end of a long, hard slog. Jessica Kwak Rauckman’s extensive practice and professional accomplishments at Shumaker & Sieffert led to her being named the firm’s only female partner in 2011, after fewer than seven years of practice.
Rauckman graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in engineering in 2001. But she liked writing more than engineering and clerked at a law firm in Chicago during her summers. So it was off to law school at the University of Minnesota, where she graduated in 2004.
Rauckman joined Shumaker & Sieffert in 2006, after a year and a half at Minneapolis IP boutique firm Kinney & Lange.
It didn’t hurt that she had worked for big clients like Honeywell and Medtronic, and it definitely helped that her engineering background and intellectual curiosity made many technologies interesting for her. She has drafted patent applications and consulted on patent portfolios and product development for companies in medical technology, semiconductors, unmanned aerial vehicles and weather radar, among others.
“It matters in patent law whether you’re writing about a technology that interests you,” Rauckman said. “You’re going to be writing a lot, so it helps if you’re writing about something interesting.”
Rauckman also helps the firm’s name partners to teach a patent prosecution seminar at the University of Minnesota Law School and attends conferences held by the American Intellectual Property Bar Association.
Shumaker & Sieffert is in St. Paul; Rauckman lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, making the 80-mile commute to every day. She wasn’t looking for a long commute, of course. But she said that the drive is worth it to her career. “There was nothing near Eau Claire that was going to give me this kind of challenge,” she said.