Makalika Naholowa’a



Makalika Destarte Naholowaa (Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian) is a Trademark Attorney for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Her work includes strategic trademark counseling, rights procurement, portfolio management, and management of enforcement matters in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining Microsoft, Makalika was an Associate in the Trademark and Copyright Group of Perkins Coie LLP, sitting in the firm’s Seattle office.
She serves on the Boards for the National Native American Bar Association and Washington Lawyers for the Arts, and on the U.S. Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association’s Amicus Committee. For part of the year, Makalika also teaches intellectual property to Masters students as an adjunct professor at Seattle University.

Makalika is admitted to practice law in the State of Washington. She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School. At Columbia she was a Stone Scholar and an editor for the Science and Technology Law Review. Makalika also holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a Concentration in Computer Science from Arizona State University.

Makalika has a five-year old daughter, a three-year old Maine Coon, and a one-year old brindle American Pit Bull Terrier. They destroy her house; when she’s not working, she is sweeping up their messes. Nevertheless, she likes spending time with them and her husband Alex. Her extended family is vast, noisy, and lives mostly in Hawaii. She likes to spend time with them too.