Our Team: Kathleen Shaffer

IP Paralegal
Practice Areas Education
Notre Dame of Maryland University, B.A. Economics, magna cum laude
Stevenson University (formerly known as Villa Julie College), A.A. Paralegal Studies, magna cum laude
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Kathleen Shaffer is a professional intellectual property paralegal skilled in meeting demanding deadlines while managing multiple responsibilities. Kathleen has a keen attention to detail and is experienced with patent and trademark prosecution rules and procedures. Her passion for learning new technologies helps streamline and fast-track routine tasks so the West Hill team can focus on developing winning intellectual property strategies for their clients.

Ms. Shaffer’s knowledge and experience with intellectual property operational matters translates into value for clients in all stages of their companies’ lifespan. Kathleen works with the West Hill attorneys to ensure that all deadlines are met and client communications are timely. Her expertise in the implementation of patent-related management systems and knowledge of US and foreign IP data bases compliments and supports the important work of the West Hill team. She has extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and works closely with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign associates world-wide.

Past Experience

Prior to joining West Hill in 2022, Kathleen was an IP Docketing Administrator at Goodwin and also held IP Administrator positions at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Constellation Pharmaceuticals and Synta Pharmaceuticals. Kathleen was also an IP Paralegal at the MIT Technology Licensing Office and served as a Senior IP and Contracts Administrator at the MIT Media Lab.


Kathleen is a graduate of the Notre Dame of Maryland University, with a B.A. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, and Villa Julie College, with an A.A. in Paralegal Studies, Magna Cum Laude

Kathleen also earned a Boston University Paralegal Certificate and has been a practicing Notary Public for over 20 years.


Email Address: kshaffer@westhill.law

Direct Dial: 978.274.7098

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