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Kelsey L. Wilbanks


Tysons Corner Office
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 900
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 847-6300
Fax: (703) 847-6312

Kelsey Wilbanks is an attorney practicing in government contracts and construction. Wilbanks assists clients in preserving intellectual property and data rights, drafting agreements, administering government contracts, ethics and compliance, investigations and legal audits, disputes counseling, representing individuals before U.S. Suspension and Debarment Officials, and M&A government contracts due diligence.

Wilbanks is a national authoritative source on legal issues relating to additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Wilbanks has been a featured speaker at 3D printing events, construction seminars, legal conferences, and in webinars. Wilbanks’ legal publications on additive manufacturing have been recognized and widely cited. For instance, Wilbanks received a national legal writing award and attended a ceremony at the Library of Congress for her published work on additive manufacturing and patent law. Wilbanks’ legal practice advises companies that use additive manufacturing on a variety of issues and helps companies capture new private and federal market opportunities.

Formerly, Ms. Wilbanks worked for the U.S. Postal Service OIG Office of General Counsel. She interned at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims under Judge Lawrence J. Block and at the Fairfax County Circuit Court under Judge Jan L. Brodie.


George Mason University School of Law (J.D., May 2014)


Author, Law 360, Expert Analysis: 3D Gun Legality After Defense Distributed Settlement, Ruling (Aug. 2, 2018).

Author, Law 360, Expert Analysis: 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet (Jan. 17, 2018).

Quoted in Bloomberg Law, Alexis Kramer, 3-D Printed Gun Blueprints May Get Supreme Court Scrutiny (Jan. 4, 2018).

(Forthcoming) Author, Chapter 2: What is a Claim?, Government Contract Law Deskbook, American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law.

Co-Author, Beyond Prototyping: 3D Printing in Government Contracts, The Procurement Lawyer, American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Volume 52, Number 2, Winter 2017.

Author, The Challenges of 3D Printing to the Repair-Reconstruction Doctrine in Patent Law, George Mason Law Review 20:4.  This article received a national “Burton Award for Distinguished Writing in Law” (2014); finalist “Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing” (2013); and “Adrian S. Fisher Award for Best Student Article” from George Mason Law Review editorial board (2013).

Author, Drifting Down the Webcasting Stream: Can Businesses Stay Afloat?, 9 Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association 181 (2009).

Cited by: Adam Lewntal, Print Your Own Pandora's Box: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property Law, and The Internet for Lay-Lawyers, University of Missouri School of Law: The Business, Entrepreneurship & Tax Law Review, Iss. 1, Art. 6 (2017).

Cited by Tabrez Y. Ebrahim, 3d Printing: Digital Infringement & Digital Regulation, 14 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 37, 69 (2016).

Cited by Jordan L. Couch, Additively Manufacturing A Better Life: How 3d Printing Can Change the World Without Changing the Law, 51 Gonz. L. Rev. 517 (2016).

Cited by Nathan Reitinger, Cad's Parallel to Technical Drawings: Copyright in the Fabricated World, 97 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 111 (2015).

Cited by Timothy R. Holbrook & Lucas S. Osborn, Digital Patent Infringement in an Era of 3d Printing, 48 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1319 (2015). 

Cited by Nicole A. Syzdek, Five Stages of Patent Grief to Achieve 3d Printing Acceptance, 49 U.S.F. L. Rev. 335 (2015).

Cited by Danton Bryans, Unlocked and Loaded: Government Censorship of 3d-Printed Firearms and A Proposal for More Reasonable Regulation of 3d-Printed Goods, 90 Ind. L.J. 901 (2015).

Cited by Jasper L. Tran, The Law and 3d Printing, 31 J. Marshall J. Info. Tech. & Privacy L. 505, 512 (2015).

Cited by Amir H. Khoury, The Makings of an "Individualized-Industrial' Revolution: Three-Dimensional Printing and Its Implications on Intellectual Property Law, 16 J. High Tech. L. 1 (2015).

Cited by Alexander J. Mendoza, Legal and Social Implications of the 3D Printing Revolution, Claremont College Senior Theses Paper 1032 (2015).

Cited by Lucas S. Osborn, Regulating Three-Dimensional Printing: The Converging Worlds of Bits and Atoms, 51 San Diego L. Rev. 553 (2014).

Speaking Engagements

(Forthcoming)  Webinar, Additive Manufacturing in Construction: Impacts and Emerging Issues, ABA Forum on Construction Law (Oct. 11, 2018).

Judge Panelist, 2018, RAPID+TCT Innovation Audition, Additive Manufacturing Conference in Fort Worth, TX.

Speaker, 2018, Uncle Sam as a Maker—IP and Related Considerations from 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) in Federal Procurement, The ABA Section of Public Contract Law Intellectual Property Committee February Meeting (discussing IP, data rights, cybersecurity, counterfeit parts, ITAR).

Webinar, 2017, 3D Printing in Government Contracts: Emerging Legal Issues.

Speaker, 2017, The Future of 3D Printing in Construction, The ABA Construction Forum Mid-Winter Meeting in Palm Desert, CA, Wilbanks and Valentine.

Speaker, 2015; 2016;  the George Washington University School of Business forum on 3D Printing in the Age of Globalization in Washington, D.C.: “3D Printing: Creating New Legal Challenges, Layer by Layer.”

Speaker, 2013; ConFABulation Symposium technology conference in Largo, MD: “Repair or Reconstruction? Patent Law Considerations When 3D Printing Parts.”

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Virginia
District of Columbia

Prior Legal Experience

Judicial Intern, Honorable Judge Lawrence J. Block, United States Court of Federal Claims, Fall 2013
Student Cooperative, United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Office of General Counsel, 2012-2013

Judicial Intern, Honorable Jan Brodie, Fairfax County Circuit Court, Summer 2012

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association


Spanish – Limited Proficiency Reading, Writing, and Speaking