Joel E. Tragesser, Partner


Joel Tragesser practices in the areas of trademark law and brand management, intellectual property licensing, and business intellectual property litigation. His work includes prosecuting trademark applications in the United States and foreign countries, drafting software licenses and litigating infringement, false advertising, unfair competition and business disputes. Tragesser represents clients in state and federal courts and often speaks on the interrelation of technology and intellectual property.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • Wabash College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1994)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Professional and Civic Activities

  • 7th Circuit Bar Association (Indiana Co-Chair of Committee on Intellectual Property)
  • American Lung Association, Indiana's Evening of Promise Gala Executive Leadership Team
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Sports & Entertainment Section (2014 Co-Chair)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (Executive Committee)
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (2011-12 Chair)
  • Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Face of Hope Breakfast (Table Captain)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • International Trademark Association (Member)
  • Phi Beta Kappa’s Alpha Association of Indiana, Treasurer (Recipient of a 2009 Outstanding Association Award)
  • Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Sigma Chi (Member)
  • Genesis Church
  • Mission Uprising

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® 2009, 2011-2013 (Intellectual Property)
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® 2014 (Intellectual Property)
  • Client Choice Award Winner (2015)