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July 2011 Volunteer of the Month: Denise Kettelberger

Children’s Law Center (CLC) would like to congratulate Denise Kettelberger on becoming its July 2011 Volunteer of the Month! CLC staff are thrilled to recognize Denise for her many years of pro bono service to CLC, including her extensive work and dedication to her clients. Denise became a volunteer for CLC in 2006. She currently represents four CLC foster youth, and previously represented three other CLC clients as well. Remember Josephine and Valerie’s Story? Their success story is based on two siblings that Denise represented.

Denise works tirelessly for her clients.  In one case, the death of her client’s grandparent left the client grieving and vulnerable to being placed in a non-relative foster home.  The client, who was a state ward, desperately wanted to remain with family members.  Ultimately, the client was reunified with his mother and uncle through a transfer of legal custody, and is now happily living with his family.  It is rare for a state ward to be formally reunified with a parent whose rights have been terminated.  Fortunately, prior to the reunification, the client’s mother had successfully addressed the addiction and mental health issues that led to the termination, but Denise’s persistent advocacy was also certainly a factor.

In addition to her pro bono work, Denise is employed as a special counsel at Faegre & Benson.  Previously, she served as partner at Merchant & Gould and chair of the firm’s chemical and biotechnology practice group. Her practice is focused on intellectual property law, with an emphasis on biotechnology patents. Kettelberger concentrates on strategic patent portfolio management for clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, agricultural and medical device industries. In addition to patent portfolio work, she also performs intellectual property due diligence for technology, M&A and licensing transactions, as well as IP analysis, opinions and litigation support. Denise is active in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and a frequent speaker and author on biotechnology patent law issues.