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Denise Dantzler





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Denise joined Hovey Williams as a clerk in 2018 and became a registered patent attorney in 2022. Her practice focuses on U.S. and foreign patent matters in the areas of biotechnology and chemistry. During law school, she received the Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership, and Service Award, which is given to the student who has most distinguished him or herself in the combined areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Denise was also the first woman of color to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, where she created the publication's new online supplement. In addition to her time on the Journal, Denise externed for Judge Julie Robinson, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Denise also was a Shook Hardy & Bacon Scholar, a teaching assistant for lawyering skills classes, and an intellectual property research assistant to Professor Andrew Torrance. As an undergraduate, Denise interned for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7.

Areas Of Practice

  • Patents
  • Trademarks

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2022
  • Kansas, 2021
  • Missouri, 2020


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 2020
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Judicial Extern to Chief Judge Julie Robinson, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
    • Honors: Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant, Shook, Hardy, Bacon Scholar
    • Honors: Teaching Assistant, Lawyering Skills
    • Honors: Research Assistant, Professor Andrew Torrance
    • Honors: Member, Jaffe Transactional Law Competition
    • Honors: Member, Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council
    • Honors: Member and Former Officer, University of Kansas Black Law Students Association
    • Honors: Volunteer Academic Counselor, MidAmerica Nazarene University Women’s Soccer
    • Law Journal: Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Editor-in-Chief
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2017
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Women’s Soccer
    • Honors: Women’s Track & Field
    • Honors: Chemistry and Writing Tutor, MidAmerica Nazarene University Kresge Center


  • Presenter, Avoiding Errors in Patent Prosecution and Due Diligence, Spring 2021 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership, and Service Award
  • CALI Awards: Intellectual Property, Federal Courts, and Mergers and Acquisitions

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Johnson County Bar Association (YLS), Present
  • Kansas Bar Association (IP Section), Present
  • American Bar Association (IP Section), Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Present
  • ASM International, Present