Licia Vaughn focuses on strategic planning and integration for lateral partners across the US. Licia previously served as Director of the firm's US Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) practice for more than 14 years, a role in which she managed the firm's patent litigation, patent prosecution, trademark, copyright and media, technology licensing, telecommunications, outsourcing, franchise, privacy and data security teams in the US. Licia was also a partner in the Patent Litigation subgroup of the firm's IPT practice, and spends some of her time continuing her practice, concentrating on intellectual property protection and litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret litigation.

Dedicated to advancing women in the law, Licia instituted DLA Piper's annual Women in IP Law educational seminar and networking program in 2007, featuring women who are leaders in the field of intellectual property and providing women in IP with opportunities for networking and mentoring. Licia also helped launch DLA Piper's award-winning legal publication, IPT News, in 2009, and served on its Editorial Board for twelve years.