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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

Crain's Notable Women in Law


Susan Meyer advises businesses in the areas of intellectual property, franchising and distribution, and corporate law. She provides practical, value-driven legal counsel. Susan represents companies in the U.S. and internationally in every stage of development.

Susan handles a variety of intellectual property matters, including advising about AI (artificial intelligence), strategic planning, prosecutions, licensing, and dispute resolution and has extensive experience in trademark law, representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and federal courts. She also works with franchisors on compliance issues and serves as outside general counsel for businesses on general business matters.

Susan was appointed in 2019 as Norway’s Honorary Consul for Illinois. In this role, she assists with consular affairs and helps to facilitate development of business, cultural, and educational relations between Norway and the U.S. In her legal practice, she 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 (NACC) 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 (SACC). Susan serves on the board of Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women-owned businesses expand internationally.


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 (ChiWIP)
  • Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG), Board Member and Specialist
  • Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Chapter, National Board Member, Chapter President, 2014-2017; Corporate Member
  • 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, 2019-2024
  • Leading Creative Arts Lawyers by Leader Lawyers for Chicago, 2023
  • Leading Women Lawyers by Leading Lawyers, 2023
  • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2017-2022; USA Thought Leader, 2023
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2020-2022
  • Top Suburban Business Lawyers, 2020
  • Crain's Notable Women in Law, 2020

News & Insights


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program IP Workshop
    July 13, 2023
  • Panelist, "Available IP protection in different areas of the world"
    2023 International Distribution Institute Conference, Bologne, Italy, June 10, 2023
  • "Ask Me Anything: Doing Business in the US"
    Hacking 4 Allies, May 2023
  • Keynote Introduction
    Midwest General Counsel Conference, April 19, 2023
  • mPOWER Women Founders Cohort 2023
    mHUB, March 31, 2023
  • Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Transatlantic Day, Stockholm, Sweden, February 7, 2023
  • “Doing Business in the United States”
    Hacking 4 Allies Strategic Partnerships Day, October 7, 2022
  • Franchise Development Workshop
    European Women's Association, February 22, 2022
  • IWEC Foundation Conference, November 9, 2021
  • Panelist,"Breaking into the US"
    Hacking 4 Allies, November 8, 2021
  • Fundamentals on Franchising Intensives Program: Intellectual Property
    ABA Forum on Franchising, Atlanta, Georgia, October 13, 2021
  • "Best Practices for Coming to the US"
    Hacking 4 Allies Strategic Partnerships Day, October 8, 2021
  • "Growing and Scaling Through Global Partnerships" webinar
    IWEC Foundation, June 30, 2021
  • Panelist, "Basics Track: Trademarks & IP"
    International Franchise Association's 2021 Virtual Legal Symposium, May 5, 2021
  • Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate, March 18, 2021
  • Hot Topics Moderator, "How franchisors deal with issues of data flows from EU to US since GDPR and brand new EU regulation"
    International Bar Association 2020 Virtually Together, November 2, 2020
  • Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, June 11, 2020
  • 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


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