Shawn J. Kolitch, Ph.D.

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Shawn J. Kolitch, Ph.D.

Intellectual Property Attorney

Shawn Kolitch focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, opinion work, and patent prosecution relating to high-tech industries and emerging technologies. Shawn also maintains a strong interest in criminal and Constitutional issues, and in the areas of overlap between science and the law. He has served as a scientific expert in several criminal cases, as pro bono counsel for prisoners bringing civil rights complaints against the state, and as defense counsel in disciplinary actions brought by the Oregon State Bar. In 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Shawn was recognized as one of Oregon’s top 2.5% of up-and-coming attorneys when Oregon Super Lawyers magazine named him to its Rising Stars list.


My Experience

Prior to attending law school, Shawn spent seven years as a physics professor. During that time, he taught physics and pursued his research interests at several colleges and universities, including California Polytechnic State University, the University of Oregon, and Lewis & Clark College. Shawn’s physics research focused mostly on theoretical gravitational physics, and specifically on the application of gravitational theory to the formation and evolution of the universe. His particular specialization involved modeling the possible behavior of the universe under both classical and quantum extensions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Shawn has authored numerous publications in the areas of theoretical physics, physics education, Constitutional law, and intellectual property law, and has presented his work at conferences and seminars around the United States. He has received several awards for his research, teaching, and academic achievements.

My Education

  • J.D.

    Cum laude - 2006

    Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College

    Associate Editor, Environmental Law

  • Ph.D.

    Physics - 1996

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Field of specialization: classical and quantum gravitational theory, Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher - 1990–1991, Eardley Prize, Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, 1995

  • M.S.

    Applied Physics - 1990

    Columbia University

  • B.S.

    Applied Mathematics, with honors and distinction - 1989

    Columbia University

    Allen Prize for Excellence in Applied Mathematics, 1989

Technical Expertise

Bar and Court Admissions

Selected Publications

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