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Susan Meyer


Susan Meyer is the leader of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright, Media, and Advertising Group. She provides strategic business case solutions to domestic and international clients.


  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1994

B.A., Stony Brook University, 1986


Susan Meyer advises businesses in the areas of intellectual property, franchising, and distribution, drawing on her experience as a former business owner to provide practical, value-driven legal counsel. She represents companies in the U.S. and internationally in every stage of development.

Susan handles intellectual property prosecutions, licensing, and dispute resolution and has extensive experience in trademark law, representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and courts. She also works with franchisors on compliance issues and serves as outside general counsel for businesses on general business matters.

Susan frequently advises companies on matters related to commerce between the U.S. and Scandinavia. She is a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce and twice attended the SelectUSA Investment Summit on international trade opportunities as a member of the Norwegian delegation. She is an active member of the Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Industry Council (NADIC) and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • ISBA Standing Committee on Franchise & Distribution Law
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Chicago Women in IP
  • Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG), board member
  • Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Chapter, National
    Board Member, Chapter President, 2014-2017
  • Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Industry Council (NADIC)
  • Swedish American Chamber of Commerce (SACC)
  • INTA Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Judge

Community/Civic Activities

  • Friends of Astrup Fearnley Museet (FoAFM), Board Member, President, 2016-present

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Franchise Law, 2019-20
  • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2017-2018

News & Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • ABA Forum on Franchising Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October 10-12, 2018
  • "Commercial Innovation – Building Collaborative Organizations and Partnerships"
    Norwegian TransAtlantic Forum, 2016
  • "Global Small Business Forum: Make the World Your Business!"
    Global TradeSource Ltd., 2016
  • "Business Idea from Concept to Success: Protecting Your Intellectual Property Globally"
    Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global Program, 2016
  • "Intellectual Property Matters—How to Protect Your IP and Add Value to Your Organization"
    Chicago-Kent College of Law’s 35th Annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations, Chicago, Illinois, 2016
  • “Ethical Issues in Renewals, Re-writes, Transfers, and Terminations”
    CLE at McDonald's, 2016
  • "New Business Idea From Concept to Success"
    Bethel New Life Program, 2016
  • "State Franchise Regulator’s Perspective: What You Should Know Before You Buy A Franchise"
    International Franchise Association West Coast Franchise Expo, 2014
  • "Fundamentals 201: Effective Strategies for Working with State Regulators"
    American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, 2012


Articles & Books

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