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Dennis JM Donahue III
Co-Founding Member

dennisdonahue donahue Dennis Donahue III is an experienced, highly effective intellectual property attorney, manager, and business advisor, with expertise in all areas of intellectual property law in corporate and private practice. After two decades as both an aerospace engineer and then a leader in large midwest-based law firm, Dennis launched his own practice. CreatiVenture Law, LLC is the realization of his dream to work side by side with entrepreneurs and those on the cutting edge of technology and business. His clients range from small inventors to mutli-million dollar technology, manufacturing, and retail companies.

Dennis’ technical expertise extends across technology in all fields, especially in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, bio-mechanical, computer hardware and software arts. Dennis also provides professional opinions and actions for clients faced with issues of IP infringement and litigation matters. He counsels clients on business strategies which include license agreements for patents, technology, trademarks, copyrights, celebrity endorsements, and retail branding.

Dennis started his career as an engineer for McDonnell Douglas with key roles in Research and Development, the AV-8B Harrier program, followed by Litigation Support on the T-45 Goshawk program, all while attending law school. Dennis went on to serve as the aerospace giant’s Intellectual Property Representative and then became Boeing’s Manager of Licensing Portfolio & Marketing.

After moving into private practice, Dennis formed and later co-chaired the firm’s intellectual property department and facilitated mergers which more than doubled the size of the firm’s IP practice. In 2009, Dennis successfully launched his own boutique firm to provide personal service & pricing not available within the constraints of large firm practice.

Dennis has also served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University School of Law, teaching “Anatomy of a Patent.” He offers seminars on Intellectual Property law to business leaders from companies of all sizes, as well as local business networking groups.



Linda L. Lewis
Of Counsel    (Co-Founder)lewis

lindalewisLinda is an accomplished scientist with decades of experience both in her own research work and as a patent attorney, helping others protect their scientific and technological achievements. Linda works closely with inventors to determine novelty, and prepare and prosecute patent applications. She also determines freedom to operate for new products and processes. Her areas of technology include chemistry, biochemistry and mechanical applications.

She was a research chemist at Monsanto for ten years, then for seven years as a patent attorney in the fields of catalysis, process chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer chemistry and protein synthesis. She went into private practice at a large Midwest firm for twenty years, before becoming a founding member of CreatiVenture Law.






Kevin C. Staed

Intellectual Property Associate Attorney 

Kevin provides legal counsel and support in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, as well as providing services for trademarks, copyright, licensing, and other IP matters.  He counsels clients on the best ways to use IP assets to advance  their business and protect against infringers.

Kevin works in a broad range of technology areas including mechanical devices, automotive tech, building/construction methods, electro-mechanical, computer/software arts, internet technologies, and innovations in manufacturing and business processes.

Kevin started his career as an Operations Engineer at a large St. Louis fruit and produce distributor before entering law school at St. Louis University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate.   Kevin served as the Vice President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association and as the award winning Lead Executive Editor for the Saint Louis University Public Law Review.

Kevin’s desire to work with entrepreneurs was spurred by his father, a former packaging engineer with patents himself,  who now counsels businesses and startups in packaging technology, design and innovation. Coincidentally, Kevin’s wife also comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is the daughter of a self-made Southern Illinois business owner.

Kevin is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is active in the St. Louis entrepreneur and startup community.


“I am focused on entrepreneurship, both personally and professionally, and I want to see my clients not only meet, but far exceed their goals!”




Education/ Admissions

  • Juris Doctorate – St. Louis University School of Law, 2017
  • BS– University of Missouri Columbia, Industrial Engineering  2013
  • Missouri Bar 2017
  • Bar association of Metropolitan St. Louis


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