Thomas A. Shewmake

Senior Associate


Tom focuses his practice primarily on intellectual property litigation and other adversarial matters in a variety of technical areas. His litigation experience includes representing clients in cases involving patent infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition, copyright infringement, and related commercial matters in both trial and appellate courts. He also has experience in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, intellectual property licensing, and patent validity and infringement evaluations. Tom’s experience covers a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and chemistry.

Thomas A. Shewmake

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University of Arizona -
James E. Rogers College of Law
J.D. (cum laude) 2011

Arizona State University
M.S. 2008

University of California - Berkeley
B.S. 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in “Ones to Watch” - The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021
  • Selected to Washington Rising Stars®, 2018-2020


Prior to joining Seed IP, Tom worked as an associate attorney at a multi-practice firm in Seattle (2015-2016), at a boutique IP firm in Tucson, Arizona (2011, 2012-2015), and served as a judicial extern (2009) and a law clerk (2011-2012) for the Honorable James A. Teilborg, United States District Court for the District of Arizona. As a graduate engineering student, Tom's research focused on using computer modeling to investigate and design more effective molecular constructs for targeting cancer cells for drug delivery and other therapeutic and diagnostic applications.


Tom is admitted to the Washington and Arizona State Bars, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Tom is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) and Life Science Washington (formerly Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association).

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