River E. Lord

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4613


River Lord is an Associate Attorney at Merchant and Gould. She helps clients protect their intellectual property through litigation of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents.

A Holistic Approach to Finding Legal Solutions

River works to fully understand her clients, including their unique goals and situations. With the bigger picture in mind, she examines each detail to help evaluate potential ancillary issues or follow-up situations. This allows her to form a holistic strategy for each client that addresses their long-term objectives.

Whether clients face litigation or wish to pursue it, River focuses on guiding clients to the best pathway forward. She uses her attention to detail and creative aptitude to provide clarity and insight into each situation. Her efforts assist clients and the legal team with making informed decisions and avoiding potential risks.

River’s extensive research skills play a significant role in developing the best possible solutions. By examining similar situations, she determines which steps have the highest potential for success. When clients have pressing questions, River works to find answers as quickly and proactively as possible.

By keeping their overarching business goals at the forefront, River uses litigation to help clients protect their technologies, brands and ideas. Her critical thinking and ability to synthesize information enable her to evaluate risks, reduce exposure, strengthen claims and strategize solutions.

From Molecular Biology to Litigation Attorney

River earned her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Denver. During her time working for a biotechnology startup company, River was exposed to the process of forming and applying for patents. She loved how this legal process employed her critical thinking and reasoning skills.

After contemplating whether to pursue medical or law school, she decided to become an attorney. She traveled to Minnesota and graduated with her Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. During her time at law school, her interest was further sparked in the realm of patent law.

Even though River is well-versed in the world of molecular biology, she assists a wide range of industries with her legal knowledge. Her scientific background has trained her to analyze the smallest details and examine how processes interact and form a holistic picture. This allows her to discover valuable nuggets of information that support the overarching business goals and strategies of clients.

A Creative Both Inside & Outside of Work

River is both resourceful and creative. Using her research skills, analytical mindset, and innovative approach, she helps clients navigate the litigation process with custom-tailored strategies. Her ability to think ahead helps River prepare multi-faceted solutions that support a client’s business growth.

Outside of her professional life, River uses her unique skillset to write poetry, with several of her poems being published throughout the years. She also enjoys playing pool, riding her bike and spending time with her dog.


University of Minnesota Law School
Journal of Law and Inequality, National Moot Court

University of Denver
B.S., Molecular Biology, Minors in English, Spanish, and Chemistry
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