DRI Faculty List

2021 Intellectual Property Litigation Virtual Seminar

May 13 - 14, 2021

Olufunmilayo ("Funmi") Arewa
Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Olufunmilayo ("Funmi") Arewa is the Shusterman Professor of Business and Transactional Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. (Anthropology) from the University of California, Berkeley, an A.M. (Applied Economics) from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Harvard College. Her research focuses on technology, music, film, business, and Africana studies. Prior to becoming a law professor, she practiced law for nearly a decade, working in legal and business positions in the entrepreneurial and technology startup arena, including law firms and companies in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. Before becoming a lawyer, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan and served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and Montevideo, Uruguay. Her book Disrupting Africa: Technology, Law & Development will be published in September 2021. In 2015, she received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Faculty Visit Research Grant at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for a research project entitled Cultural, Legal, and Business Considerations in the Diffusion of Jazz in Germany, a project that is connected to her forthcoming book Creating Global Markets for Black Culture: Curation, Music, and Law. In addition to writing about music, Professor Arewa has studied classical voice for many years.

G. Warren Bleeker
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

G. Warren Bleeker a partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie's Los Angeles office, focuses on IP litigation matters. He has counseled and represented Fortune 500 clients, mid- and small-size corporations, non-profits, and individuals in areas of commerce including industrial manufacturing, toys, electronics, cutlery design, clothing and textiles, handbag manufacturing and distribution, photography and photography accessories, educational services, charitable fundraising services, food preparation, the restaurant industry, and the music industry.

Dennis D. Crouch
University of Missouri Law School

Dennis D. Crouch is an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri School of Law and is known for his patent law writings – especially Patently-O. Crouch's current focus is transitioning from incentivizing innovation toward inspiring innovation. At Mizzou, he regularly teaches a hands-on patent course that includes patent prosecution as well as litigation strategies. The course's capstone is a moot-court tournament. This semester, Crouch is also teaching the 1L pillars of Property Law and Civil Procedure. Crouch is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) after having served for two years in Ghana and a mechanical engineer (via Princeton).

Peter J. Henein
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Peter J. Henein is a partner in the Advocacy Department in the Toronto office of Cassels Brock who specializes in the areas of product liability, class actions and intellectual propert. He works with a wide variety of clients, including franchisors, certification bodies, international auto manufacturers and numerous other manufacturers and distributors around the world. Peter is the Chair of the Recreational Products Specialized Litigation Group.

Mary Re Knack
Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC

Mary Re Knack is a member of the Healthcare and Litigation Departments at Ogden Murphy Wallace. Her practice focuses on insurance, healthcare and civil matters. Re provides a wide range of legal services to members of the healthcare industry including regulatory compliance, confidentiality and privacy-related compliance services including HIPAA and state laws, licensing and risk management related services and related investigations, federal and state agency investigations, guidance and representation related to medical staffing, and defense of professional negligence claims. Re also provides guidance and advice to the insurance industry and self-insureds with respect to their obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA). Re was named to the Washington Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine for 2005 and 2010 – 2017. She has also been recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a "Top Lawyer" in Health Care for 2011 and has been designated as one of the "Top Women Attorneys in Washington" for 2012 – 2017.

The Honorable Alan C. Page
Minnesota Supreme Court

The Honorable Alan C. Page was born August 7, 1945, in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1963, and received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. After graduating from law school, Alan Page worked as an attorney for a law firm in Minneapolis, then served seven years as an attorney in the office of the Minnesota Attorney General.

Rachael L. Rodman
Ulmer & Berne LLP

Rachael L. Rodman is a partner in Ulmer & Berne's Columbus office and is an accomplished litigator who concentrates her practice in the area of intellectual property litigation. She is a member of the Women in the Law Committee of DRI, and served as the 2019 Chair of DRI's IP Litigation Seminar. She is also actively involved with the Intellectual Property Owners Association, serving on its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, as a Vice Chair of the Women in IP Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Push Forward Subcommittee, which strives to retain and advance women in the legal profession while building and expanding practices to benefit women in IP. She frequently writes and speaks on issues involving diversity and inclusion, particular as they impact women in the legal profession.