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Kay R. Sherman


“Working with companies on their trademarks and branding is very real world. We add value to the process by helping clients identify and protect their valuable assets."


  • Missouri


J.D., Columbia University, 1981, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

M.S., Journalism, Northwestern University, 1976

B.A., English, with High Distinction, University of Rochester, 1975


Kay Sherman brings a depth of experience in trademarks, trade dress, copyrights and trade secrets to the firm’s intellectual property counseling practice. As a former in-house counsel at a global company, Kay provides practical business thinking into the legal considerations in management of intellectual property rights, branding, marketing and advertising. She serves clients ranging from start-ups to international corporations.

In the area of trademarks and trade dress, Kay assists with trademark selection, clearance, adoption, use and registration. She also helps businesses assess their ongoing brand management issues, including brand expansion and advertising and marketing issues. She prosecutes and defends contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

In the area of copyright, Kay advises clients on acquiring and protecting the copyright in their assets. She also handles registration issues with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Kay addresses all intellectual property rights and issues that arise in corporate acquisitions, secured lending arrangements and other transactions. She negotiates and drafts agreements related to intellectual property, such as licenses, assignments and confidentiality agreements, and counsels clients on how to protect their valuable proprietary information and materials. 

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  • Bridges Across Racial Polarization
  • Mentor St. Louis, volunteer mentor for elementary school students
  • St. Louis Hillel, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts


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