Violetta Kokolus


Violetta Kokolus
  • JD, University of Victoria, 2003
  • BCom, with Honors, University of British Columbia, 2001


  • New York
  • Court of Appeal of Alberta
  • Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
  • LMG Life Sciences Licensing & Collaboration Firm of the Year (2020)
  • Legal 500 (2020) 
  • New York Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013-2019)

Violetta Kokolus


Violetta Kokolus is a partner in the intellectual property transactions group. She advises on complex technology and intellectual property transactions, as well as on critical IP and privacy/cybersecurity aspects of M&A transactions across various industries. 

Violetta has been involved in countless M&A transactions in her career, leading negotiations and resolving complex IP issues that arise during diligence. Additionally, Violetta has extensive experience with strategic IP licensing and commercial transactions, such as IP acquisitions, licensing matters, joint ventures, and research and development collaborations. She has also guided clients on legal issues related to data strategies and monetization, along with the integration of artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Violetta practiced at a leading international law firm in New York. She also was seconded as legal counsel to Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California and Panasonic Corporation in Osaka, Japan.


  • Advised a financial services company on its acquisition of a provider of technology solutions and services for document management*
  • Advised a conglomerate in connection with its acquisition of a media company*
  • Advised a multi-vertical cloud company in carve-outs related to a variety of its tech and software businesses*
  • Represented an online social media company in its acquisition of a messaging and call app*
  • Represented a software company in managing its IP licensing and development matters, including negotiating a joint development agreement and source code license agreements*
  • Advised a biotech company in connection with a sale involving complex issues regarding earn-outs and milestone payments*
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company in connection with its joint development and collaboration agreement*
  • Represented a technology company in connection with a complex cross-license required under a settlement*
  • Advised a software company in creating its form documents relating to its SAAS offerings*
  • Represented a consumer products company with respect to licensing of its key brands to international partners*

*Indicates experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray



  • Speaker, “Key IP Issues for Patent License and Commercialization Agreement” 2020 Korea IP Summer Forum (August 2020)
  • Optimization of Intellectual Property Rights and Intangible Assets: Corporate and Transactional Tools for Value Generation with Data, New England Corporate Counsel Association (May 2020)
  • Accomplishing a Transaction, American Intellectual Property Law Association (May 2019)
  • Carve-Out Transactions: Practical Tips for Successfully Navigating Key Pitfalls, Practising Law Institute (March 2019)
  • IP Issues in Business Transactions – Nuts and Bolts of IP Due Diligence, Practising Law Institute (February 2019)
  • Defining Your Baseline – Developing Your Brand, New York Intellectual Property Law Association (December 2018)  
  • JD, University of Victoria, 2003
  • BCom, with Honors, University of British Columbia, 2001
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