Jennifer Stachniak has over two decades of experience advising U.S. and foreign businesses and individuals involved in all phases of the commercial life cycle. A trusted advisor and ardent team player, Jennifer provides comprehensive legal counsel on identifying, owning, and monetizing patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She is fluent in a variety of technical fields, including computer software, business methods, automotive and medical device technology, chemical and biochemical innovations, telecommunications and electronics, oil and gas excavation, and military technology.

At the heart of Jennifer’s practice is a deep bench of honed skill in international and domestic patent and trademark prosecution, leveraging IP through critical licensing initiatives, and advising on invalidity, patentability, non-infringement, and opinions. A natural in working with inventors and scientists, Jennifer thrives as part of the process of protecting creativity and keeping ideas safe while also working toward the end game for the given intangible asset. Year after year, Jennifer delivers the requisite stamina needed to realize the broadest and most defensible patent imaginable. She also advises on important trademark and branding initiatives supporting the client’s short- and long-term strategy for their overall portfolio, market advancement, and ROI.

Clients and colleagues alike appreciate that Jennifer is a smart lawyer whose inherent attention to detail and technical acuity add value to everything she does. She is easy to work with, unflappable in her determination to provide the right advice, delivers the fortitude and focus needed to exceed client expectations, and diligently responds to everyone around her. Jennifer draws upon JMIN’s firmwide depth of practice to ensure the best possible legal advice for her clients, which she provides on every matter, every day.

Notably, Jennifer is proficient in German technical translation. As a result, she has worked as U.S. counsel for corporate and law firm clients based in Germany and throughout Europe and has provided U.S. representation for patent and trademark matters in various technical fields. Her German-language background allows her to translate and work with German correspondence and technical documents.

Before Becoming a Lawyer

Prior to law school, Jennifer worked as a newspaper reporter and as editor for publishing company Blue Mountain Arts. During this time, Jennifer also earned a teaching certification and worked as an English teacher while applying to law school. Jennifer’s prior experience as a writer, reporter, editor, and English teacher formed the basis of her legal and technical writing acumen today.

Outside the Office

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and skiing, hiking, running, and mountain biking.

Practice Areas


  • University of Colorado (Chemistry/Biology), 1994
  • LL.M., International Business Transactions, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, and University of Salzburg, Austria, 1992
    • Coursework in Salzburg, Austria
    • Legal internship in Vienna, Austria
  • J.D., University of Denver, 1991
    • Teaching Assistant, Lawyering Practice seminar
    • Legal Research Assistant for Professor Robert Hardaway
  • B.A., English, Minor in German, Indiana University, 1986


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1995
  • Colorado, 1991
  • California, 1992 (inactive)