Dara L. Onofrio, Esq.


Dara L. Onofrio, Esq. has practiced law for over 30 years. Prior to beginning her law practice 25 years ago, Dara was a partner in another law firm.


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 also 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. She 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.

Prior to beginning law school, Dara received a scholarship to study Art and Art History at the University of Urbino, Italy. While in law school, she spent a semester abroad to study international law at Cambridge University in England. 

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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.


Dara is a member of the Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association, New York City Bar Association, and the Connecticut Bar Association.

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 13 years before transferring to Flotilla 24-08 in

Clinton, CT. Dara is an elected member of the Board of Finance in Clinton, Connecticut. She is a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for Southern Connecticut State University and is a

member of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law OUTLAW Committee.

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Science Experience

Southern Connecticut State University - Department of Psychobiology

Conducted experimental research on rats to determine the neurological local 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. Conducted independent studies on the theoretical aspects of regeneration of the central nervous system. Focus on studies performed at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden regarding neurological embryonic implants and inducible developmental proteins and chemical changes during aging of the central nervous system.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Department of Somatic Cell Genetics

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

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Department of Developmental Genetics
proteins after injections with TNF.
isotopeConducted 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 performed 
papilloma virus labeling to screen for actin proteins. Cloned the c-DNA of the actin gene from the m_RNA isolated. Conducted immunological experiments on rabbits regarding the effect of tumor necrosis factor (TNF). 


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