Holly L. Johnston

Counsel to the Firm | Portland | 503.778.2185 |

Areas of Practice

Holly Johnston assists clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies to strategically develop and manage their U.S. and foreign intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Holly is admitted to practice in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a trained engineer experienced in prosecuting patents in numerous disciplines including medical devices and diagnostics, software, electronics, green technologies, manufacturing equipment and consumer products. She handles all aspects of IP procurement and counseling, including developing portfolios of valuable IP assets, providing formal opinions and partnering with IP owners to thoughtfully enforce rights through licensing and dispute resolution.

Professional Experience

  • Lee & Hayes, PLLC, Partner (2016-2017)
  • Marger Johnson PC, Director and Equity Shareholder (2011-2016)
  • Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC, Associate (2010-2011)
  • Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., Associate (2006-2010)
  • Chernoff Vilhauer LLP
    • Associate (2005-2006)
    • Summer Associate (2004)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon


  • Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005)
    • Gonzaga University Law Review, Associate Editor (2003-2005)
    • Alpha Sigma Nu (2004-2005)
    • Phi Delta Phi, Executive Board (2003-2005)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.E., Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, 2001)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Cannabis
  • Diversity Committee


  • “The Cannabis Patent War: In the Midst of Chaos, There is Opportunity*,” The Pipeline: Cannabis Law Advisor blog, Co-author (September 21, 2017)
  • “Mitigating Risk at the Intersection of Business and Patents,” The Practical Lawyer (August 2017)
  • “Mitigating Risk at the Intersection of Business and Patents,” Lane Powell Intellectual Property and Technology Update (May 2017)
  • “Is Something Amiss? A Commentary on the Aftermath of Phillips v. AWH Corp.,Journal of Patent & Trademark Office (June 2006)
  • “Sildenafil Does Not Improve Nitric Oxide-Mediated Endothelium-Dependent Vascular Responses in Smokers,” British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (February 2004)

Speaking Engagements

  • Since 2011, Holly has served as a lecturer for Lewis & Clark Law School’s Patent Prosecution Class
  • “Patent Prosecution and Practice Strategies for Mitigating Risk,” NIKE Patent Prosecution Summit (May 2010)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Board Member, Multnomah Bar Foundation (2016-Present)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
    • Chair, Mentoring Circles Committee (2010-Present)
    • Mentor, Rainmaking Mentoring Circle (2016)
  • Oregon Bar Association

Holly L. Johnston

Counsel to the Firm | Portland | 503.778.2185 |