Emily Sample


J.D., University of Iowa College of Law,
2019, with Distinction

University of Oklahoma, 2016
B.S. Chemical Biosciences

Minor in Criminology

Emily Sample was a summer associate at Irwin IP for Summer 2018 and worked in all facets of intellectual property litigation. She joined Irwin IP as a full-time attorney in August 2019. Since joining the firm, Emily has primarily worked on challenging design patents and on patent post-issuance proceedings.

Prior to joining Irwin IP, Emily was a Legal Intern for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office where she performed factual and legal research and analysis in connection with a wide variety of cases implicating issues of state and federal tort, constitutional, and administrative law.

While a student at the University of Iowa College of Law, Emily served on two journals: Note & Comment Editor on Iowa’s Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems and she was a student writer for the Iowa Law Review and an Iowa Law Review Contributing Editor. She also served as a board member for Iowa’s Intellectual Property Law Society. Emily competed in Iowa’s internal moot court competition team and was selected to compete on Iowa’s Giles Rich Patent Moot Court Competition team for 2019. Emily was Midwest Regional Champion and a Quarterfinalist at the 2019 National Competition.

Emily was been an active member of Iowa’s Pro Bono Society for the three years she spent at Iowa Law, and has dedicated a substantial amount of time towards pro bono work and legal assistance. Her volunteering activities while in school included participation in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, work with the Johnson County Courthouse and the Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorneys.

Emily has a B.S. in Chemical Biosciences with a Minor in Criminology from the University of Oklahoma. Her major comprises a fusion of Biochemistry and Microbiology directed towards understanding the health sciences, giving her a strong foundation in numerous scientific fields. Further, her research focuses directed towards her Criminology minor included studying the impact of social media on social movement theory.

Northern District of Illinois

Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Note, “Assigned all my Rights Away: The Overuse of Assignment Provisions in Contracts for Patent Rights,” 104 Iowa Law Review 447 (2018)