Wendy Peterson is General Counsel to Knobbe Martens, the largest law firm in Orange County, CA and one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the nation. Knobbe has been pleased to serve as patent counsel to UH over the past 15 years, protecting innovations developed at the University.
Prior to joining Knobbe 17 years ago, Wendy was General Counsel of a Knobbe client, Wynn Oil Company, and Assistant General Counsel of Parker-Hannifin Corporations Seal Group, a $2 billion manufacturer of rubber and engineered plastic products. Prior to that, Wendy was Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Wynn’s International, a $600 million company traded on the NYSE. She started her career doing corporate securities and mergers and acquisition work at O’Melveny & Myers, a global law firm.
Wendy is a 1982 graduate of Shidler in Accounting, and a 1985 graduate of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She currently serves on the board of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, and was recently inducted into the Shidler Hall of Honor. For the past four years, Wendy was selected by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the OC’s top 500 most influential business people and opinion setters. She also produces films for her husband, Dale—most recently, the Amazon award-winning film, “Hello, My Name is Frank.”