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Intellectual property lawyer Virginia Medlen, 53, died Monday after being struck by a truck in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she was attending the International Trademark Association’s annual meeting. The accident occurred when the driver of the truck suffered a fatal heart attack and his vehicle jumped the sidewalk. Medlen died at the scene. Medlen, of the San Francisco-based IP boutique Medlen & Carroll, was well known among patent and trademark attorneys. In 1992, she and two other associates from the now-defunct Limbach & Limbach left to form their own firm. “She had a bug for litigation. She just loved it,” said Peter Carroll, her partner. “She was a big person and life force. She livened up the room and any conversation.” Medlen & Carroll, which consists of 18 lawyers and patent and trademark agents, has offices in San Francisco, Cambridge, Mass., Madison, Wis., and New York. Carroll said the firm’s philosophy is to have satellite offices where its business is based. Medlen also “thought smaller offices maintained better camaraderie,” he said. In addition to her legal skills, Medlen was also known for her interest in military life and history. Carroll said she was particularly attracted to the era of Napoleon and several years ago participated in a re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo. Neil Smith, a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin who worked with Medlen at Limbach & Limbach, recalled that she was an avid collector of flags and war memorabilia. “Ginny was an excellent litigator, an aggressive lawyer — perhaps reflecting her military background,” Smith said. Medlen was an officer in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps from 1972 to 1979. Following her military stint, she worked as an engineer at Texas Instruments Inc. for two years. She obtained her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas in 1985. Carroll said Medlen was at a wonderful point in her personal and professional life and was about to have one of her dreams fulfilled with the graduation of her daughter, Elizabeth, from the U.S. Air Force Academy next month. Medlen is survived by her daughter and her husband, Jesse.

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