Andrew E. Rawlins is a partner and patent lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is vice chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.


Mr. Rawlins has over 25 years of experience in the patent field. His practice includes structuring and negotiating technology agreements to create business relationships, as well as other strategic counseling on patent issues, such as patent procurement and portfolio management and opinions on validity and infringement. He has significant experience with both utility and design patents. His counseling practice is informed by his prior experience as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and having conducting patent litigation, including trials and arguments before various trial courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

With regard to the underlying technology, Mr. Rawlins has particular experience with medical devices, and he is the chair of the firm's Medical Device Initiative and a member of the Life Sciences Industry Team. He also represents a major automotive supplier and is a member of the Automotive Industry Team. Mr. Rawlins has further experience with optics and products for certain commercial and institutional markets. His work with design patents includes representation of companies in the fashion industry.


Mr. Rawlins has been recommended in the categories of patent licensing and transactional (2014 and 2015) and patent portfolio management and licensing (2016) by The Legal 500, Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system, and selected as a finalist for Washington Business Journal’s 2008 Top Washington Lawyers awards program. He is an advisory board member for BNA’s Medical Devices Law & Industry Report and was a member of the intellectual property advisory board for Law360.


Mr. Rawlins received his engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University, where his academic credentials permitted his election to Alpha Pi Mu, the national industrial engineering honor society. His Juris Doctor was earned magna cum laude from the Washington College of Law of the American University.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Rawlins is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association.