Vita: Esther Roberts

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  • December 2011 – present: Founder and CEO, Global Intellectual Property Asset Management, PLLC
  • April – December 2011: Shareholder, Pitts, Lake & Bell, P.C. 1319 Old Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37909. Risk analysis for global corporations; international licensing agreements, patent prosecution and litigation, copyrights, trademarks, as well as employment matters, marketing, client generation and related management matters for the firm.
  • 2011-present: Adjunct Professor, The University of Tennessee College of Law. 1505 W. Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1810. Course: Interviewing and Counseling.
  • 2001-2011: Attorney, United States Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration. Provide litigation and intellectual property legal services in support of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, B&W/Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex and Savannah River National Laboratory. Duties included serving as DOE counsel for classified and unclassified personnel security administrative hearings, international contract review, licensing and technology transfer, classified and unclassified patent prosecution, copyright, trademark, and internet law matters.
  • 2001-present: Pro bono legal services in support of various 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Duties include copyrights and contract law.
  • Summer 2000: Summer law clerk. Chief Justice Hardy Summers (retired 2003), The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma, The State Capitol, Room 202, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105. (405) 521-3830.
  • 1998-2000: Law clerk. Baker, O’Kane, Atkins & Thompson, 2607 Kingston Pike, Suite 200, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919. (865) 637-5600.
  • 1991-2000: Professional pianist and piano instructor. Roberts Piano Studio, Knoxville, Tennessee. Average studio size: 48 students/week.
  • 1991: Music Faculty, Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tennessee. Taught music theory, ear training, sight singing, class piano, private piano and served as staff accompanist.
  • 1990: Music Faculty, Cadek Conservatory, the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Taught private piano to preparatory students and served as staff accompanist.


  • 2001: Juris Doctor, cum laude. The University of Tennessee College of Law. Research Assistant, Professor Joseph Cook; Student Materials Editor, Tennessee Law Review; Student Member, American Inns of Court, Hamilton Burnett Chapter.
  • 1989: Master of Music, Piano Pedagogy and Literature, high honors. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Graduate Teaching Assistant.
  • 1986: Concurrent Bachelor Degrees: B.A. Biology, honors; B.A. Botany, honors; B.M. Piano Pedagogy and Literature, honors. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


  • 2009 – present: Monthly article, Focus on Freestyle, in The Crossing, newsletter for Crossroads Dressage and Combined Training Society.
  • 2000: Jordan v. Baptist Three Rivers Hospital, 67 TENN. L. REV. 475 (2000).
  • 1996: Sam Gets Ready for School. Children’s book.
  • 1994: Sam the Horse. Children’s book.


United States Supreme Court Bar; Eastern District of Tennessee; United States Patent Bar; Oklahoma Bar; Tennessee Bar; Knoxville Bar Association; American Bar Association; Fellow, Oklahoma Bar; Fellow, Tennessee Bar. Master, Hamilton Burnett Chapter American Inns of Court. Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.


Law: Global Who’s Who of Legal Professionals; Academic Excellence, Jurisprudence; Academic Excellence, Law and Literature; Academic Excellence, Law and Theater; Judge Louis Kirby Matherne Scholarship.

Music: Florence Lothman Dorn Scholarship; Sigma Alpha Iota Instrumentalist Competition Winner; Outstanding Sophomore Musician Award; Humanities Award.

Academic: Colonel H.S. Lockett Scholarship; Academic Achievement Scholarship.


Married, no children. Hobbies include riding, writing, reading, running, hiking, and composing dressage freestyles.