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Temnit Afework

Washington, District of Columbia Partner

Temnit Afework is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP. Her patent prosecution experience emphasizes electrical equipments, computer hardware and software, Internet applications, and business methods. Ms. Afework has worked under contract with the Social Security Administration as part of a technical team responsible for upgrading the government's networks. Prior to law school, she worked for the Department of Justice - Bureau of Prisons in nationwide computer network training for government computer system engineers and assisted in the implementation of firewalls for secure access to government networks. She also worked as a law clerk for the District of Columbia Courts.

Ms. Afework has an information systems science and computer science degree (B.S.) and an administration of justice: judicial administration degree (B.A.) from Salve Regina University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has a law degree (J.D.) from the George Washington University law school. Ms. Afework is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She holds memberships in numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Ms. Afework enjoys taking photography classes and participating in charity races. She also enjoys riding her bike to work when possible.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 2002
  • Salve Regina University, 1997
    Bachelor of Science
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    Major: Information Systems Science
    Major: Computer Science
  • Salve Regina University, 1997
    Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    Major: Administration of Justice: Judicial Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Student Member