Melanie began as a commercial litigator and now concentrates her practice in all aspects of complex commercial, general, and intellectual property litigation. Melanie has litigated a variety of intellectual property cases, with a focus on trademark and copyright infringement actions, as well as on unfair competition and false advertising actions. She has trial and appellate experience, and extensive experience litigating opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Melanie represents both public and private companies, as well as individuals. Melanie’s cases have included litigation of trademarks and trade dress relating to apparel, pharmaceuticals, foods, computers, consumer products and a variety of service sectors, including financial advisory services, hospitality and restaurant services, educational and research services, and medical services. In addition to her litigation practice, Melanie regularly counsels clients regarding trademark and copyright matters, including domain name disputes, as well as advising on branding strategies; managing portfolios; policing efforts to protect trademarks and copyrights, and advising clients on licensing arrangements. She has also counseled clients regarding intellectual property and liability issues related to the Internet.
Melanie earned her Bachelor of Arts at Franklin & Marshall College in 1989 and her law degree, with honors, at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1994, where she was an associate and senior editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review.