October 27, 2015
Christal admits, “I’ve been a little bit of everywhere.”
Her career path has evolved in a non-traditional way, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Following her U-M Master’s and Ph.D., Christal obtained a law degree from Cornell and began her career as a patent lawyer in a Washington, DC firm, then transitioned into the government sector. She held positions ranging from Congress’ Committee on Science to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to the International Trade Commission to the role of Chief Counsel of Patent and Trademarks for the House Judiciary Committee.