Caitlin M. Andersen is an associate attorney with BrownWinick and is a registered patent attorney with a focus on patents, trademarks and intellectual property rights and has a general practice including, but not limited to, agribusiness and business and corporate law, including startup organizations.

As a registered patent attorney, Caitlin has experience advising and representing individuals and businesses in intellectual property matters, specifically those involving chemical, chemical engineering, mechanical, and agricultural technologies. In addition to her legal education, she has technical experience and training in chemical processing and equipment design, chemical and enzyme compositions, and environmental engineering.

Additionally, Caitlin remains active in her family’s farming operation in Western Iowa and utilizes her background in livestock and crop production to help those in the agricultural technology field obtain and enforce patent rights, as well as to advise clients in the agribusiness sector regarding corporate and startup considerations.

Caitlin graduated from the University of Iowa in 2013, receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She received the University of Iowa College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Award, which is given to a graduating senior who in the opinion of the students and faculty of the College of Engineering has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and academic talent. She also received the University of Iowa Presidential Scholarship, which is based on academic merit and achievement.

In 2016, Caitlin received her J.D., with honors, from Drake University Law School, with Certificates in Food and Agricultural Law and Global Intellectual Property Law.  During law school, Caitlin served as Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law for Volumes 19 and 20, where she oversaw selection and publication of timely articles regarding agricultural law and issues.  Caitlin received the Justice David and Madonna Harris Award, which is given to a graduating senior who in the opinion of the faculty of Drake Law demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant, and practitioner.  Caitlin also received the Student Bar Association Outstanding Student Leader Award.

Prior to joining BrownWinick, Caitlin was in private practice at a boutique intellectual property law firm. 

Caitlin is a member of the Polk County and American Bar Associations, as well as an active member of the Iowa State Bar Association, where she serves on both the Intellectual Property and Agriculture Section Councils. Caitlin was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2016, along with the U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. In 2017, she was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney. Caitlin is an active member in the American Agricultural Law Association, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Law Student Outreach Committee. Caitlin also volunteers as an Executive Board Member of the James Arthur Albert Foundation and as a 4-H Exhibit Judge. 

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Cecilia Smith


University of Iowa
B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2013

Drake University
J.D., with honors, 2016
Certificates in Food and Agricultural Law and Global Intellectual Property Law


Iowa, 2016
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, 2016
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2017

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