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Susan L. Heller

Susan is Co-Managing Shareholder of the Orange County office, Chair of the firm's Global Trademark & Brand Management Group, and Co-Chair of the firm's Global Women’s Initiative. Susan is consistently recognized by numerous publications and organizations as having one of the preeminent and most innovative international trademark practices in the country, and for being a game-changer. When the stakes are high and critical brands are at risk, Fortune 500 companies, world champion athletes, high-net-worth individuals, A-list celebrities and highly visible pre-IPO companies turn to Susan for her strategic thought leadership and counsel, honed by her three decades of experience. At the forefront of global strategic management and monetization of big name brands on a worldwide level, she is known for developing cutting-edge branding strategies, most notably in "bet-the-brand," high stakes trademark cases. Susan works directly with CEOs and senior executives, in and out of corporate boardrooms. Her practice has spanned over 30 years across virtually every industry and in most jurisdictions throughout the world.

Among Susan’s recent notable awards, Susan was named as a “Top IP Attorney in California (2003-2018)” and “2018 Top 100 Women Lawyers in California” by Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal; “2019 Lawyer of the Year” in Trademark Law by Best Lawyers in America;  “2018 Trade Marks Lawyer of the Year” by Finance Monthly Global Awards; “2018 IP Lawyer of the Year” by Corporate Livewire; “2018 Most Influential Woman in Trademark Law – California” by Acquisition International; “2018 Lawyer of the Year for Intellectual Property” by Lawyer Monthly; “2018 Gamechanger of the Year: Trademarks /Brand Management” by ACQ5 Global Awards; “2018 World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners” and “2018 World’s Leading Women in Business Law” by Euromoney; Top (Gold) rankings both Nationally and in California for Trademark Prosecution and Strategy” 2019 World Trademark Review; a “2018 Leader in Trademarks” by The Legal 500 United States; “2018 WIPR Leader” by World Intellectual Property Review; and “2018 IP Star” in the Managing IP Magazine’s World IP Handbook and Survey. National Diversity Council named Susan one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the U.S. Law360 named Susan to its Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board five times and profiled her as one of the "10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys.” Susan serves on the University of California Irvine’s Business School’s Dean’s Advisory Board and on the Board of Human Options, an organization whose mission is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence.

Susan helps her clients monetize and optimize their critical IP assets through strategic and creative positioning, management, and enforcement of their worldwide trademark, copyright and domain name portfolios and extensive collateral product licensing. Susan is known for partnering with her clients, working with their legal, marketing and business teams to ensure that marketing strategies and business sensitivities are integrated into her legal analysis and advice. Susan conducts trademark due diligence in M&A transactions and works with corporate and tax attorneys on asset-based financing and the restructuring of IP assets for tax planning.

Susan works directly with senior management teams, in and out of corporate boardrooms, and manages major international roll-outs of critical brands. She routinely confronts and tackles serious registration challenges as well as issues concerning collateral advertising, ecommerce and social media platforms. She pushes the boundaries of traditional protection by navigating her clients through the new frontiers of online brand protection, including the dark web. Susan has been involved in a number of highly sensitive and visible international disputes over U.S. rights to famous marks, including complicated distribution rights cases.

Concentrations

  • U.S. and international trademark litigation and TTAB practice (oppositions and cancellations)
  • U.S. and international trademark and copyright clearance, procurement, enforcement and portfolio management
  • Strategic Brand selection, protection, expansion and monetization
  • U.S. and international intellectual property transactions and acquisitions
  • Domain name acquisition, protection and disputes, UDRP proceedings 

Expertise

Erfahrung

  • Co-Chair, Greenberg Traurig Women's Initiative (2014 – present)
  • Chair of the 2013 Greenberg Traurig Women’s Business Forum
    • The Women’s Forum is an annual invitation-only event where highly accomplished, prominent women in leadership, from all sectors of the business community, gathered to share their experiences and gain insights on how to move from being successful to being significant.
  • Served as the Outside Director on the Board of Directors of Intangible Holding Companies for the following companies:
    • Starbucks
    • The GAP
    • Banana Republic
    • Old Navy
  • Serve on Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of California (UCI) Merage School of Business, 2016 (ongoing)
  • Member, Inaugural San Francisco Mayor's Summit for Women, Steering Committee
  • Examining Attorney at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (1983-1986)
  • Member, American Bar Association (Past Chair, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Subcommittee on Rules)
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Member, Century City Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association (past Chair, Trademark and Copyright Section)
  • Member, DC Bar Association 
  • Member, International Trademark Association 1983-2017
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Practices; 2016-2018
  • Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee 2014-2016
  • U.S. Legislation Committee, 2010-2012; 2012-2014

Anerkennung durch den Markt

For many years, Susan has received prestigious honors and awards from the most highly respected organizations and publications, clients and peers, naming her a leading California, US and international attorney.

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Trademark Law, 2016-2020
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Trademark Law, Los Angeles, 2017 and 2019
  • Winner, Finance Monthly Global Awards, "Trade Marks Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Lawyer Monthly
    • Winner, Lawyer of the Year - Intellectual Property, 2018 
    • Women in Law, 2018-2019
  • The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal
    • Named, "Top 25 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California," 2003-2019
    • Named, "Top 100 Women Lawyers in California," 2011, 2016, and 2018-2019
    • Named, "Top 100 Lawyers in California," 2010
  • National Diversity Council’s "Top 50 Women Lawyers," 2016
  • Euromoney
    • Named, Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 2009, 2011 and 2017-2018
    • Named, Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law," 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2017-2018
    • Shortlisted, Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Trademark," 2013-2018
    • Winner, Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Trademark," 2016 and 2017
  • World Trademark Review 2012-2019
    • "WTR Global Leaders," 2019
    • "WTR 1000," Ranked Gold in National and California Prosecution and Strategy, 2012-2019
    • "WTR 1000," Ranked Band 1 in California, Non-Contentious, 2011
  • Law360
    • Board Member, Law360, Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board, 2010 and 2013-2016
    • "10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys" in the United States, 2010
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Trademarks: Non-Contentious (Prosecution, Portfolio Management and Licensing), 2010-2011, 2013-2019
    • Trademarks: Litigation, 2010-2011, 2013-2016, 2019
  • Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2010, 2012-2019
    • Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, 2015-2019
  • World Intellectual Property Review, "WIPR Leaders," 2017-2019 
  • Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars," 2014-2019
    • "IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP," 2013-2014, 2019
    • Profiled twice in Managing IP’s Best Practices Series on Leadership and Women’s Initiatives.
    • Moderated a panel on Leadership at Managing Intellectual Property (“MIP”)‘s 2015 International Women’s Leadership Forum.
  • Marquis Who’s Who
    • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018-2019
    • Named, Who's Who in the World, 2018
  • Who's Who Legal, "Trademarks," 2018-2019
  • Corporate LiveWire, "IP Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • ACQ5 Global Awards
    • Named, "Gamechanger of the Year: Trademark/Brand Management," 2018
    • Team Member, "Trademark Law Firm of the Year," 2018
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, "Who's Who in L.A. Law: Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law," 2012
  • Acquisition International, "Most Influential Woman in Trademark Law - California," 2018
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, Law360's Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board, 2019 
  • Member, Dean's Advisory Board of the University of California (UCI) Merage School of Business, 2016-2018 
  • Member, President's Council of Cornell Women (Cornell University) 2000-2018
  • USC Law School Intellectual Property Institute, 2004-2018
    • Executive Committee Member, USC Law School Intellectual Property Institute, 2007, 2008, and 2015-2018
    • Planning Committee Member, 2004-2018
  • Board Member, Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board, Law360, 2010, 2013-2016, and 2019
  • Board of Directors, Century City Chamber of Commerce, 2012 - 2014
  • Member, International Trademark Association 1983-2018
    • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Practices; 2016-2018
    • Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee 2014-2016
    • U.S. Legislation Committee, 2010-2012; 2012-2014

Ausbildung

Akademische Ausbildung
  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1982
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1979
Zulassung
  • California
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