An experienced litigator and tenacious advocate, Laura Wytsma represents clients in high-profile, high-stakes litigation, focusing on intellectual property proceedings in federal court, with an emphasis on patent and appellate litigation. Laura has significant trial experience as lead counsel and excels in presenting complex patent disputes to judges and juries. She is recognized by colleagues, clients, and opposing counsel for her strong oral arguments, unique writing style, creative litigation strategies, and comfort in any courtroom.
Prior to joining Venable, Laura amassed significant experience representing clients in high-value and high-profile litigation matters, often serving as lead counsel at trial. She is well respected by clients for her ability to achieve positive results not only in trial courts, but at the appellate level as well. She has principally authored dozens of appeal briefs in federal and state courts and has argued eleven appeals in the Ninth and Federal Circuits and the California Court of Appeal. She is frequently called upon to take over cases on the eve of trial.
Laura began her career in the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ) Honor Program, where she represented the government in criminal and civil deportation proceedings, advised the United States Attorney’s Office, and ultimately provided legal guidance to field offices at Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) headquarters.
After leaving the Honors Program for civil practice, Laura began working on her first patent case in 1999. The matter lasted over a decade and greatly influenced her decision to become a patent litigator at a time when few non-technical lawyers and women practiced in the field. Ultimately, that case reached the United States Supreme Court.
Deeply committed to pro bono work, Laura has represented dozens of asylum seekers from around the world. And as an active participant in organizations supporting this work, she has been a recipient of pro bono and community service awards throughout her career.