Veronica Canton ’18 J.D. decided to study at Notre Dame Law School because of its expansive network, outstanding education, and positive impact on academic fields, corporations, and non-profits. Like so many students, she found that her values aligned with the school’s mission and values.
Ms. Canton is currently a data privacy and technology attorney with Holland & Knight and holds a position as the ABA Women in IP Chair. She continues to emulate NDLS’s goal of educating “a different kind of lawyer.” “I will go above and beyond for my clients, my law firm, and the students I mentor,” she shared. Canton has a passion for helping law students develop professional skills and works hard to provide her clients and law firm with the highest quality of work.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Ms. Canton had considered becoming an FBI agent. She recounted that the most challenging part of the process was the physical fitness portion, but that she developed skills while preparing for the physical fitness exam that carried her through law school. Ms. Canton would get up at 4:30 am each morning, work out two times a day, and then go to bed at 8:00 pm every night. This training taught her self-accountability and ultimately helped her achieve academic and professional success.
While at Notre Dame, Ms. Canton completed a paper about DMCA takedowns and traveled to Barcelona in 2017 to present her paper at the International Trademark Association’s annual meeting. NDLS supported her by providing funding for her travels. Ms. Canton’s experience is an excellent example of how NDLS supports students in their interests in intellectual property law, especially when they appear internationally.
When Ms. Canton was a 2L at Notre Dame, she and other students created Impowerus, a legal tech startup dedicated to connecting juvenile immigrants with pro bono attorneys offering immigration services. Through the NDLS IP legal clinic, she developed and applied for the official trademark registration at the USPTO.
For current Notre Dame IP students, Ms. Canton recommends two classes in addition to core and advanced IP courses. First, she recommends taking an advanced contracts class. It was one of the most practical classes Ms. Canton took and is helpful no matter whether you are a transactional attorney or specialize in litigation. Second, she recommends taking Intensive Trial Advocacy regardless of whether you want to litigate. Intensive Trial Advocacy provides such great insights into litigating in practice that Canton’s ITA outline and materials were crucial in her preparation for an early federal jury trial during her first year of practice.
Ms. Canton now serves as a professor lecturer for the ITA course and helps students with case theory, court presence, case analysis, and initial proceedings. The course has fundamentally informed her approach to law, including with her current clients at Holland & Knight. As she consults with data privacy clients and helps them comply with the law, she approaches matters with a litigation-preventative mindset.
Data privacy has recently become a hallmark of Canton’s expertise. In her last piece of advice for students, she shared, “It is important to diversify your skills in a way that helps you have a successful long-term career in the legal field and helps you better support your client's in their time of need. It is also important to find areas of practice that are related so you can have diverse casework to keep your practice interesting and intellectually diverse."
This IP Alumni Spotlight was written by rising 2L Laura Mahoney.