Alumni feature: Catherine Toppin '02
Catherine Toppin is an associate in the intellectual property group of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses primarily on patent prosecution, enforcement and counseling in the electrical and mechanical arts. She also serves on the firm’s Boston Diversity Committee as well as the Women’s Business Collaborative.
Toppin, who earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Princeton in 2002, attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Law, where she received awards for “Best Appellate Brief” and “Best Appellee Brief” at the 2006 regional Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. While in law school, she interned with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for the Hon. Henry H. Kennedy. Upon graduation, Toppin was awarded the William P. Cunningham Award for exceptional achievement and service. Prior to law school, Toppin worked as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Toppin is the president of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni and is a member of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations National Board and of the Princeton University Alumni Association Executive Committee. In Boston, Toppin volunteers her time as a board member of Project Step, a classical music education program for underrepresented students, and serves on the Associates Advisory Council of the local chapter of the United Way.