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Kevin Dawson ( Class of 2009)

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Undergraduate school and major: University of Texas - Austin, BBA

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

My favorite Iowa Law memory is graduation! It was the payoff for 3 years of hard work and lots of study in the Law Library.

Current employer:

Bates & Bates, LLC

Location:

Atlanta, GA

Job title:

Partner

Previous positions: Associate - Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP - Indianapolis, IN

Description of what you do:

I work as an IP attorney. Most of the job is client counseling in regard to IP filing and enforcement strategies around the world, and the other half is enforcement and litigation. On occasion I represent artists and musicians who pursue record or entertainment-related deals.

Your favorite part of your job:

My favorite part of the job is the feeling of knowing I've helped someone get a solution to a legal issue so that they can start their first business, protect a creative work, or protect their growing business.

Your interests outside of work:

Outside of work I love playing music, checking out local restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite movie:

Black Panther

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

I wish I had worked more intensely to network with Iowa Law alums in the cities where I was interested in working.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Get to work early, be thorough in all your assignments, and behave yourself at social functions. The entire process is an interview!