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Sabrina J. Rideout ( Class of 2014)

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Undergraduate school and major: University of Northern Iowa; Marketing Major

Extra-curricular or co-curricular activities in which you were involved during law school:

Outlaws, IP Advocacy, IP group

What did you come to law school to become:

I went to law school to be a prosecutor.  But while I was in law school, I became a lawyer; someone who loves the complexities of the law, understands how the law pushes society forward and appreciates that the law binds us together as members of society.

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

The best friends I have I made at Iowa Law and my favorite memories include those people.

Current employer:

Perkins Coie, LLP


Denver, CO

Job title:

Associate Attorney

Previous positions: Associate Attorney- Sheridan Ross, P.C.

Judicial Clerk to Judge Leonard Strand, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa

Description of what you do:

I practice trademark, copyright, and brand management and protection law.  I manage domestic and foreign trademark portfolios, conduct domestic and foreign trademark clearance searches, analyze and valuate trademark and copyright portfolios, and conduct due diligence searches for intellectual property related to mergers, acquisitions, and large-scale corporate deals. I also enforce client intellectual property rights through demand letters, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, and federal litigation.

Your favorite part of your job:

My favorite part of my job is learning about client businesses and marketing strategy.  Knowing and understanding my clients, their products and services, and the "why" behind the business is an integral part of appropriately counseling and managing trademark portfolios.  I also love conducting due diligence projects for corporate deals, analyzing the trademarks and copyrights owned by companies, and determining portfolio value.

Your interests outside of work:

I enjoy skiing, sailing, and am an amateur sommelier with a Level 1 certification.

What is your favorite movie:

Forrest Gump

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

The job search is difficult, time-consuming, and emotionally draining, but at the end of the day, you only need 1 job offer, so keep your head up and your nose to the grindstone.

The job search is a little like dating, both sides need to be interested in each other and compatible or it won't work out. It's important to know and embrace the fact that you are also interviewing the firm/company/organization.  Know what characteristics and culture you are looking for and ask questions during the interviews so you can determine if the firm will be a good fit.  It's not beneficial for anyone to accept a job at a firm you know will not be a good fit or that you don't really understand, that only sets everyone up for failure and wasted time and resources.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Work as hard as you possibly can and be open to learning, critique, and experiencing as many areas of the law as you can. You only have a few weeks at a summer position, so make it count.

Embrace the fact that you don't know much and don't worry about making substantive mistakes or not understanding some aspect of the law or a project.  You are a summer associate, we assume you won't know much about real-life law practice and that you are learning.  Get excited about learning and if you do make a mistake or don't know the answer- smile and say "Thank you, I didn't know that!" and then make sure you take that lesson with you.

Those mistakes do NOT include typos, grammar errors, showing up late, or missing deadlines.