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Jessica C. Tsao

Associate
+1.206.370.5751
Fax +1.206.370.6103
Jessica Tsao is an associate in the firm’s Seattle office whose practice focuses on technology and intellectual property transactions. She counsels a broad range of clients as they enter into licensing agreements and other transactions and business ventures that implicate intellectual property ownership issues—including conducting intellectual property due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Tsao also has particular experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements, including services agreements, loan and security agreements, guaranties, independent contractor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and agreements for the purchase and sale of personal property.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Tsao was a lawyer at another Seattle law firm, where she maintained a diverse practice. In addition to her transactional experience, Ms. Tsao has litigated disputes in state and federal court, has represented creditors and debtors in commercial bankruptcy proceedings, and has advised early stage companies with respect to entity selection, formation, and governance.

Before attending law school, Ms. Tsao worked as a litigation paralegal for a law firm in Seattle.

From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Tsao, who holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, worked as a transmission line design engineer for PacifiCorp, an investor-owned electric utility based in Portland, Oregon.

Professional/Civic Activities

Ms. Tsao is committed to supporting organizations and initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion in the professional community. In addition to serving on the firm’s Diversity Committee, Ms. Tsao is an active member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW), and currently serves as its Vice President and Gala Chair. Ms. Tsao is also a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Ms. Tsao is a founding board member of AWAKE (Alliance of Women Achieving Knowledge and Excellence), a non-profit that connects and fosters the professional development of early and mid-career professional women, across professions.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “The Nuts and Bolts of U.S. Insolvency Law for Canadian Attorneys,” presentation to the Insolvency Section of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch, May 2014.

Additional Information

During law school, Ms. Tsao served as an extern to the Honorable James L. Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. In that role, she performed legal research and wrote bench memoranda on a number of legal issues, and also had the opportunity to observe the entire jury trial in a Lanham Act false advertising case.