Elissa L. Sanford is an associate in the firm’s Patent Litigation and Post Grant Patent Proceedings groups, focusing on litigating chemical, biochemical, biomedical, and mechanical patents in federal courts, before the International Trade Commission, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office . With an educational background in biological sciences including chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, and human physiology, Ms. Sanford is able to apply her knowledge to the technologies underlying a wide range of cases.  Ms. Sanford also has experience in prosecution-related matters in the chemical, biochemical, and mechanical areas. 

While in law school, Ms. Sanford worked at Oblon as a summer associate before joining the firm full time. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sanford worked in medical research for Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Department of Physiological Sciences and Neurology studying neurodegenerative disorders and neurogenetics while pursuing her undergraduate degree, in addition to working as a part-time emergency medical technician.


  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (J.D.)
  • Old Dominion University (B.S.)
    • Biology, concentration in Biochemistry and Premedical Sciences


  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


  • “The Deficiencies of the European Union’s Regulatory System Governing the Classification of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Vol. 44, 2019.