Biography

Pilar’s approach to client representation can be summed up in one word—team.  Pilar views herself as a member of your team at every level and is committed to work hard to understand your unique needs and goals. She will then apply her deep knowledge of Delaware practice and procedure, as well as civil procedure and substantive law, to make sure those needs and goals are met. An adept lawyer both in and out of the courtroom, Pilar is a straight shooter whose strongest skill is her ability to communicate with every member of the team to make sure you always understand the process, risks, and the inclinations of the Delaware judges before whom your case will be heard.  Importantly, Pilar has established a proven ability to communicate effectively on your behalf whether to a judge, jury, or opposing counsel.

Pilar focuses her practice on patent infringement litigation, trade secret, and complex commercial litigation matters in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and Delaware’s state courts. She has handled a wide range of intellectual property disputes as both lead and Delaware counsel, including representations involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, computer software, Internet technology, data cables and connectors, and consumer electronics and display devices. Pilar also litigates complex commercial cases, such as breach of contract, securities and fraud.

On a pro bono basis, Pilar represents clients seeking asylum in the United States and successfully represented a prisoner in a civil rights action, securing a favorable settlement for the plaintiff and resulting in a consent agreement in which the Department of Correction agreed to comprehensive changes to the prison system in the State of Delaware.  Pilar (and her dog, Alice) are also proud volunteers with Paws for People, a non-profit organization that provides elders, children and people with disabilities individualized, therapeutic visits with pets.

Pilar is a member of Young Conaway’s Diversity and Technology Committees and a frequent contributor to the Delaware IP Law Blog, www.delawareiplaw.com.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Eastern Kentucky University  (Master of Public Administration)
    • Janet Patton Award for the Outstanding MPA graduate
  • University of Kentucky  (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • Social Work, Departmental Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Distinctions

  • Member, United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Lawyer Advisory Committee
  • Alumnus, District of Delaware’s Federal Trial Practice Seminar, 2013
  • ACLU of Delaware 2012 Clarence Darrow Award for Cooperating Attorney of the Year

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member 
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Delaware Hispanic Bar Association
  • LYTE, Board Member (“To lead low-income, African-American, and Latino middle school students to top performing Delaware high schools and then colleges, through personal mentoring, rigorous teaching, and leadership.” http://www.lytescholars.org/ )
  • Paws for People, a non-profit organization that provides elders, children and people with disabilities individualized, therapeutic visits with pets