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Dara L. Onofrio, Esq.


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Dara L. Onofrio, Esq. is a highly skilled and experienced intellectual property attorney with over 30 years of expertise. She is adept at building long-term relationships and believes strongly in providing individualized attention to understand her clients’ needs, goals, and concerns. Before beginning her law practice over 20 years ago, Dara was a New York City law firm partner.


Dara’s legal expertise is in the area of intellectual property, covering mainly patent and trademark matters as well as copyright protection. She is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is admitted to the New York and Connecticut state bars. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern District of New York, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

She obtained her law degree from Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) in New York and holds a B.S. degree, cum laude, in Chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University. Dara completed special science studies at Yale University and graduate studies in Molecular Biology at Cornell Medical School. Before beginning law school, she received a scholarship to study Art and Art History at the University of Urbino, Italy. While in law school, Dara spent a semester abroad to study international law at Cambridge University in England


Dara is Of-Counsel to:

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She also worked as a research scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, in both the Developmental Genetics and Somatic Cell Genetics Departments.


In providing community service, Dara was the Village Justice for Grand View-on-Hudson in Rockland County, New York, for over nine years and was a member of the New York State Magistrates Association. She was a Staff Officer in Flotilla 10-10 and Division 10 in Hackensack, NJ of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for thirteen years before transferring to Flotilla 24-08 in Clinton, CT. Dara served as an elected member of the Board of Finance in Clinton, Connecticut, also serving as the Chair. She is a member of the Design Review Board in Clinton and is a Yeshiva University OUTLAW Committee member.

Dara resides in shoreline Connecticut and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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From L to R: Mayra Guzman-Ramos, Onofrio Law Office Manager; Charles LaSalle, City Gym Boys; Dara L. Onofrio, Esq.

Science Experience

Southern Connecticut State University - Department of Psychobiology

Conducted experimental research on rats to determine the neurological locus of the circadian rhythm. Performed electronic lesions in various brain areas, in particular the hypothalamus, with follow up observation of resulting behavior and final analysis of dissected brain sections. Independent studies on the theoretical aspects of regeneration of the central nervous system. Focus on studies performed at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden regarding embryonic neurological implants and inducible developmental proteins and chemical changes during the aging of the central nervous system.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Department of Somatic Cell Genetics

Conducted studies involving the genetic mapping of X-linked chromosome diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy and Cystic Fibrosis. Responsible for constructing phage libraries to isolate the actin gene. Transformed DNA prepared from phage libraries into plasmid vectors and performing radioisotope labeling to screen for actin proteins. Cloning the c-DNA of the actin gene from the m_RNA isolated. Immunological experiments on rabbits regarding the effect of tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Isolating and purifying papillomavirus proteins after injections with TNF.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Department of Developmental Genetics

Conducted experimental studies on mice involving the function of T-cells in tumor development. Focus on isolating and purifying testicular proteins through column chromatography and gel electrophoresis and preparing monoclonal antibodies to T-cell antigens.


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