Dahna Pasternak

Of Counsel


Dahna Pasternak is of counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP based in the Silicon Valley office where she is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotech & Pharmaceutical Practice.

Dahna has over 25 years of intellectual property experience in all areas of life science patent prosecution, including reexaminations, portfolio management and advice, due diligence reviews, infringement opinions, validity opinions and freedom to operate analyses. Dahna’s clients include biotech companies, universities and pharmaceutical corporations.

Dahna has created significant patent portfolios for her clients, including in the areas of gene therapy, immunology and imaging. Dahna also provides strategic counseling to allow her clients to navigate the competitive patent landscape in the U.S. and internationally.

Dahna was a founding member and partner of a Silicon Valley patent law firm, and was previously an associate at an internationally recognized law firm. Before attending law school, Dahna performed lab work in the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and at the University of California, San Diego.


  • University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of California, San Diego (M.S.)
  • Stanford University (B.A.S.)


  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)