Jennifer M. Woodside Wojtala

Principal / Detroit Metro Office

Jennifer counsels clients on various intellectual property matters. Her practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, as well as opinion work, including patentability, freedom-to-market, validity searches and opinions, and Ex Parte and Inter Partes patent reexaminations. Her legal practice also involves intellectual property litigation, as well as merger and acquisition due diligence activities. Her technical areas of expertise are in the chemical, nanotechnology and material arts.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2001, Jennifer was an engineer at a cement manufacturing facility.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers, Patent Law, 2023-2024
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, “Women In The Law,” 2019
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2011-2012
  • Barnard Maas Outstanding Academic Achievement Scholar
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold Key Scholar
  • David Adamany Constitutional Law Scholar
  • Dean’s Scholar
  • Order of the Coif
  • Walter Nussbaum Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession Scholar


  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan


  • French, limited working proficiency


J.D., magna cum laude, Wayne State University, 2003

B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998

Bar & Court Admissions


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Eastern District of Michigan