Office of General Law


The Office of General Law (OGL) is responsible for representing the USPTO in matters other than those involving intellectual property issues. In this regard, the Deputy General Counsel's office provides advice and written legal opinions on areas concerning the administration and management of the USPTO.

The Deputy General Counsel's office also represents the USPTO in administrative proceedings before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), Federal Services Impasse Panel (FSIP), and arbitrators. Administrative litigation includes negotiability appeals and Unfair Labor Practice cases before the FLRA, cases before the FSIP involving bargaining impasses, arbitration cases, MSPB cases, and EEOC cases. David Shewchuk is the Deputy General Counsel for General Law.


Office of General Law Staff

Deputy General Counsel for General Law:David Shewchuk
Senior Counsel for Regulatory and Legislative Affairs:Nicolas Oettinger
Senior Counsel for Labor and Information Law:Kathryn Siehndel
Senior Counsel for Employment Litigation: Stacy Long
Senior Counsel for Procurement and Cyber Law: Susan Sharp
Attorneys:Joe Baker
Ezequiel Berdichevsky
Louis Boston
Heidi Bourgeois
Dorothy Campbell
Tricia Choe
Chieko Clarke
Rachel Damelin
Ashleigh Ferris
Tracy Gonos
Michael Gridley
John (Ricou) Heaton
Josh Hildreth
Chris Horrigan
Kyu Lee
Robert Palmer
Taron Murakami
Kasia Preneta
Justin Ruth
Jennifer Seifert
Andrew Squire
Caitlin Trujillo
Stefanie Wehagen
Jennifer Williams
Nicole Wishart
Paralegals:Traci Alexander
Charletta Blackshear
Janet Drescher
Juliana Lee
Karon Seldon
Management and Program Analyst:Latonya Suggs
Administrative Management Specialist: