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Meredith M. Wilkes


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  • Creighton University (J.D. magna cum laude 1996; Assistant Editor, Law Review); Colorado State University (B.A. in Journalism 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska; Ohio; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Northern District of Illinois, and District of Colorado

Meredith Wilkes co-leads the Firm's global Trademarks, Unfair Competition & Copyrights group. Praised by clients as "highly skilled and utterly trustworthy," she is a lead trial lawyer that has focused on high-stakes trademark, trade dress, trade secret, false advertising, and design patent litigation leading matters for global brands in federal and state courts throughout the United States for more than 20 years. In addition to trying Lanham Act cases, she counsels clients on brand selection and clearance strategies worldwide from searching to filing to enforcement. Meredith's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of goods and services from health and wellness to cosmetics to consumer goods to apparel and luxury brands.

Meredith represents clients on their most important matters from the preliminary injunction stage through trial. Novel, trade dress, counterfeiting, and internet-related infringement activity are among the types of cases she typically tries. Meredith has obtained relief on behalf of global brand owners such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Chevron, IBM, Wendy's, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and Victoria's Secret Stores Brand Management. Other representative brand owners for whom she provides intellectual property advice include: Procter & Gamble, Coty, American Greetings, Newell Brands, AutoNation, ICANN, Minted,The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and McCain Foods Limited.

Committed to the practice area, Meredith is a frequent speaker on brand issues, is a contributor to The Lexis Practice Advisor in the area of anti-counterfeiting, and serves on the INTA Trademark Practices Committee and the IOC Trademark Law Committee. She chairs the Firm's Women in IP initiative.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recommended by the World Trademark Review for inclusion in the WTR 1000 (2014-2018)

    Recommended by The Legal 500 US (2013-2017 editions)

    Managing Intellectual Property IP Handbook "IP Star" (2013-2018)

    Managing Intellectual Property "Top 250 Women in IP" (2013)

    Women in Business Law "Leading Trademark Practitioner" (2017)
Meredith Wilkes