Julie L. Tavares focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, patent law, and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Venable, she worked as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining patent applications in various fields, from analytical chemical and biological laboratory equipment to electrochemical test sensors and biosensors. Previously, Julie also worked as a technical project manager at TASC, Inc., providing advisory assistance to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the Chemical Biological Technologies Directorate. During law school, she served as a senior staff member of the American University Law Review. During law school, she served as a senior staff member of the American University Law Review, and a research assistant to Professor Angela J. Davis, an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system.