Dr. Cynthia B. Rothschild practices intellectual property law. Dr. Rothschild has worked with a variety of companies and universities to develop their IP portfolios in areas relating to pharmaceuticals, immunology, biotechnology, medical devices, and chemical compounds. She is also involved in counseling clients with respect to the development of new technologies, obtaining patent protection for new inventions, as well as providing assessments relating the strength of their IP portfolios and strategies for enforcement of patent rights.

Dr. Rothschild’s professional experience includes serving as a research assistant professor at Wake Forest University Medical School where her research focused on genetic analysis of complex diseases, including cancer and diabetes. In collaboration with a local biotechnology company, Dr. Rothschild developed a highly sensitive assay for detection of genetic changes associated with cancer.

Dr. Rothschild was recognized in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by The Best Lawyers in America® for Biotechnology Law. In 2011, Dr. Rothschild was selected as one of the Triad's Women Extraordinaire by Business Leader Magazine. Dr. Rothschild is very involved with pro bono work, and received the 2002-2003 North Carolina Intellectual Property Section Award for Pro Bono Work. Dr. Rothschild is a former Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section and remains active in the Section. Additionally, Dr. Rothschild has lectured at Wake Forest University Law School on topics ranging from bioethics to patenting of genetic sequences. She is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association, Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section (2010-2011), Section Member (2006-Present), and Past Chair of the CLE Committee (2006-2007)

Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad, Member of the Advisory Committee

Winston-Salem Symphony, Board of Directors, Chair of the Nominating Committee

Bethesda Center for the Homeless, Past Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary

Bowman Gray Child Guidance Center, Past Chair and Member of the Board of Directors


  • Wake Forest University, J.D. (1999)
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry (1984)
  • University of Michigan, M.S., Biological Chemistry (1980)
  • University of Virginia, B.S., Chemistry (1978)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1999)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Whether attempting to protect our clients' intellectual property to challenges by others, or representing indigent individuals in lawsuits relating to personal rights, I diligently pursue all avenues available to obtain the best possible outcome for each and every client.

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
t +1 336.747.7541
f +1 336.734.2610
Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
t +1 919.420.1745
f +1 919.420.1800

Cynthia B. Rothschild Ph.D.

Experience Highlights

Death penalty representation: projects
Lawyers work with organizations that represent death row inmates in various jurisdictions by researching and analyzing discrete areas of the law as more
Patent prosecution and counseling for a provider of integrated drug development services
Represented a provider of integrated drug development services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, performed due more
Patent litigation for leading pharmaceutical company
Represented a leading producers of pharmaceuticals products in a patent infringement suit brought by a competitor asserting that certain ibuprofen more
Patent prosecution and counseling for universities
Represent Wake Forest University Health Sciences, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of North Carolina Charlotte and other more