Chiemi Suzuki is an Associate General Counsel specializing in intellectual property, research, technology transfer, and business and government contract issues.
Ms. Suzuki earned her B.A. in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in Biotechnology from Columbia University. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she was a member of the Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal (Comm/Ent).
Prior to joining Caltech's Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Suzuki was an attorney in private practice, where she focused on patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, representing pharmaceutical companies at the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Suzuki was recognized in 2014-2017 as a "Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine, New York Metro edition. Ms. Suzuki's trial experience also includes representing plaintiffs in a federal human trafficking, Civil Rights Act, and RICO trial that resulted in the largest jury award for labor trafficking in U.S. history. Ms. Suzuki and the team were recognized as Public Justice Foundation's 2015 Trial Lawyers of the Year, and won the American Lawyer 2015 Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year Award.
Additionally, Ms. Suzuki has worked in university technology transfer, and conducted research in the areas of biology and chemical engineering. Ms. Suzuki was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) student at Caltech.
Ms. Suzuki is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Ms. Suzuki is admitted to practice in California and New York. She is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as various federal district courts.