Thara Russell helps her clients to assess and improve the strength and defensibility of patents and IP portfolios in multiple technological areas, including medical implants and imaging technologies, pharmaceutical and biological products, medical and educational software systems, and payments processing technologies. She assists her clients with detail-oriented strategies for patent application drafting, prosecution, and portfolio management in the particular context of each client’s short- and long-term goals.

Thara has a strong background in patent litigation, and has represented clients through pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in U.S. district courts. Her experience also includes inter partes review strategy in parallel with litigation, damages assessments, and extensive work with expert consultants, particularly in the biomedical field. This experience allows her to consider the long-term strengths and weaknesses of patents, patent file histories, and portfolio growth strategies as she represents her clients before the USPTO. She also draws on her litigation experience in advising clients on patent searches, due diligence, and transactional work.

Prior to joining Bookoff McAndrews, Thara practiced with a nationally-recognized patent litigation, antitrust, and complex litigation firm. As a law student, Thara interned for the Honorable Susan G. Braden at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She also served as Production Editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal and was President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in biology, Thara studied genetic mutations that cause female sterility in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.

She is also proficient in French.


  • Building a U.S. patent portfolio and IP strategy for a growing international medical implant company.
  • Assisting in growth and management of an expansive patent portfolio for a cardiovascular imaging company.
  • Represented an international medical device manufacturer in the successful assertion of three spinal implant patents against a competitor in U.S. district court, resulting in a multi-million dollar damages award.
  • Successfully represented a pharmaceutical client in the defense of a transdermal pharmaceutical product against allegations of patent infringement.
  • Advised a France-based airline manufacturer as to cease-and-desist letters received from a non-practicing patent assertion entity, resulting in the patent assertion entity dropping allegations of patent infringement.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., Honors, May 2012
  • University of Virginia, B.S., Molecular & Cell Biology; B.A., French Language and Literature, May 2007

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for intellectual property, 2018-2019.



  • PTAB Bar Association, Diversity Committee
    • Chair, 2019-2020
    • Vice-Chair, 2018-2019
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Firm Liaison
  • South Asian Bar Association (SABA), D.C. Chapter, Member

Speaking Engagements