Denise McKenzie, J.D. is a Licensing Associate at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, bringing legal and engineering backgrounds to her role.
For more than 15 years, McKenzie handled patent and complex technology litigation matters at top international law firms, including Sidley Austin LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Arnold & Porter LLP. Her practice comprised cases involving computer architecture, semiconductor technology, computer software and hardware, and Internet technology.
While at Sidley, McKenzie was a leading member of the trial team that obtained a $184 million jury verdict for Cornell University and Cornell Research Foundation in a patent infringement case against Hewlett-Packard. The complex technology at issue had been invented by a Cornell professor and was used by Hewlett-Packard without Cornell’s authorization.
Prior to pursuing law, McKenzie worked for several years as an electrical engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company (now Raytheon Company). She worked in research and development and designed navigation and control systems for missile systems. She also gave presentations to military officials and obtained funding for additional research.
McKenzie earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Systems Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.