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

  • International Trademark Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (2015 Recorder)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Sports & Entertainment Section (2014 Co-Chair)
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (2011-12 Chair)
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association (Indiana Co-Chair of Committee on Intellectual Property)
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)
  • Venture Club of Indiana (Member)
  • American Lung Association, Indiana's Evening of Promise Gala Executive Leadership Team
  • Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Face of Hope Breakfast (Table Captain)
  • Phi Beta Kappa’s Alpha Association of Indiana, Treasurer (Recipient of a 2009 Outstanding Association Award)
  • Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Sigma Chi (Member)
  • Indy Chamber (Member)
  • Genesis Church
  • Mission Uprising

Professional Recognition

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