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Nina Burnaford
Nina Burnaford
Senior Associate Director


Nina Burnaford has served as Senior Associate Director, Legal Affairs of the University of Pennsylvania Penn Center for Innovation, as well as Associate General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania since 2008. Ms. Burnaford assists the Penn community in the licensing and commercializing of Penn's technology and inventions and other IP issues that relate to technology transfer.

Ms. Burnaford came to Penn from The Big Picture Alliance (BPA), a Philadelphia non-profit film and media arts education organization, where she served as General Counsel. Prior to the BPA, she was with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll, where her practice focused on corporate mergers and acquisitions, securities and intellectual property law. Ms. Burnaford attended William Smith College, The London School of Economics and Political Science and The University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has served as seminar faculty for various organizations including, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Pennsylvania Law School  and NACUA, among others.

Ms. Burnaford serves on the Board of Directors or committees of several non-profit organizations, including, The Delaware Museum of Natural History, The Buck & Doe Trust, Brandywine Health Foundation, and Access Matters (formerly, Family Planning Council). Ms. Burnaford is a member of the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Support Staff:

Jessica Brennan
Legal Coordinator
Phone: (215) 898-0436
Fax: (215) 898-9519

Practice Area:

  • Intellectual Property