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Jennell C. Bilek

2019 Up & Coming Attorneys: Jennell C. Bilek

Jennell C. Bilek has used her unique background as a pharmacist to excel in intellectual property litigation and counseling at Carlson Caspers in Minneapolis, focusing on patent, trade secret, trademark, and pharmacy law matters.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Iowa and a Pharm.D. degree at the University of Minnesota, she worked as a retail pharmacist and as a pharma benefits consultant.

Before changing careers, Bilek had the opportunity to work with one of her pharmacy professors as an expert witness in a patent litigation case. That attracted her to the law. After earning her law degree at William Mitchell College of Law, she joined the firm in 2010.

Bilek’s cases have encompassed a variety of medication and medical device-related litigation involving major corporations. Bilek served as trial counsel for Teva Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement lawsuit. She was also part of a team that helped Teva invalidate several patents for OxyContin through two bench trials and appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Bilek’s involvement in community service includes serving on the board of directors for the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation and participating in Hennepin Healthcare community outreach programs, including the new Mother-Baby Program. She also represents clients in employment litigation matters through the Minnesota Federal Bar Association’s Pro Se Project.

Bilek is a long-standing member of the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, the founder and co-chair of Carlson Caspers’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and her firm’s representative for the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice organization.

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