Christine Abuel Pompa is Senior Patent Counsel at The Kraft Heinz Company. She is responsible for developing and managing the strategy for the company’s global patent portfolio. She is also heavily involved in the company’s technology transactions and supply-chain agreements.
Prior to joining The Kraft Heinz Company, Christine was a partner at Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, a boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property law. Christine was the first Asian Pacific American female attorney to be promoted to the ranks of partner and then equity partner at Fitch Even. During her time there, Christine was a litigator with trial experience whose practice focused principally on patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright litigation as well as opinion counseling and technology transactions. Christine also had extensive experience in procuring patents and performing opinion work for her clients in a wide-range of business sectors including software, cloud computing, consumer Internet and mobile apps, media, e-commerce, data analytics, food processing, telecommunications, automotive technology, and medical devices.
In addition to her legal work, Christine is an active member of the Chicago legal community. Christine presently serves as the President of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (“FALA Chicago”). In this capacity, she has the privilege of working alongside FALA Chicago’s distinguished executive officers, board members, and general membership to advance the organization’s mission. Under her leadership, FALA Chicago has become an affiliate member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and organized events and programs to develop the pipeline of Filipino Americans into the legal profession. In addition to her work with FALA Chicago, Christine serves as an active member of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, the Midwest’s largest association of Asian American attorneys, judges, and law students.
Christine is also committed to incorporating pro bono services into her practice. She has represented low-income clients in guardianship proceedings and in civil actions through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Christine also provides legal services as a volunteer with Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars from 2010 through 2016, Christine has been recognized as one of the state’s top up-and-coming lawyers.
Christine is a graduate of the DePaul University College of Law. She earned her B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband Phillip and her two sons, Edgar (6) and Franklin (3).