Lana K. Guthrie focuses her practice on a broad range of intellectual property and general commercial litigation matters, including actions involving patents, trademarks, copyright, and breach of contract. She joined Irell after spending over 11 years as the career law clerk to Judge Kathleen O’Malley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In that capacity, she worked on cases spanning all areas of the court’s jurisdiction, including intellectual property, international trade, tax, government contracts, veterans’ benefits, and federal employment benefits.

Prior to her role at the Federal Circuit, Lana served as Judge O’Malley’s law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and as a litigation associate for a large law firm in Ohio. Her unique experience provides invaluable insight into the litigation process from start to finish, with a special emphasis on appeals.

Lana also previously served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where she taught legal research, writing, and appellate advocacy to first-year law students.

Speaking Engagements

  • “To the Supreme Court and Back Again: The Ongoing Saga of Oracle v. Google,” 27th Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference, Fordham Law School (April 2019)

Professional Activities

  • Member, The Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court


The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 2006), magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Associate editor, Ohio State Law Journal

University of Rochester (B.A., Political Science and History, 2003), magna cum laude; Dean’s List


  • Ohio
  • Not admitted to the District of Columbia. Practice limited to matters before federal courts and federal agencies.
  • U.S. District Court for Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Federal Circuits
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