Notable Women in Law: R. Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes

Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

  • Category: Notable Women in Law
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 15
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Arts, Princeton
  • Law degree/university: University of Connecticut, with honors

Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes is deeply invested in being a positive change-maker in the Milwaukee community. She is a partner in the intellectual property practice at Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner LLP and has represented and counseled established and emerging businesses as they develop and defend their intellectual property including patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Her work involves various industries and technical areas, including software, chemical compositions, medical devices, mechanical devices, DNA sequencing and architectural works. She is experienced in complex litigation for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.

As a mother of four daughters, Pirozzolo-Mellowes is also a fierce advocate for women throughout the community.

She is co-founder of the Milwaukee Fashion Initiative, and is currently a trustee on the Charter Manufacturing Foundation Board, on the Medical College of Wisconsin Board of Trustees, chair-elect for the Milwaukee Ballet Board of Directors, a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and the Jewish Community Center Rainbow Day Camp Committee.

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