Joel E. Tragesser


Joel Tragesser is a trusted legal adviser to companies on trademark law and brand management, licensing and commercial and intellectual property litigation. 

Whether serving as an effective outside counsel on diverse matters before small in-house legal departments or guiding clients through complex legal issues, Joel excels in understanding a company's business goals and assessing, strategizing, and managing the legal impacts to the company. His work includes prosecuting trademark applications in the United States and foreign countries, drafting software licenses, and litigating infringement, false advertising, Lanham Act, unfair competition claims, and other business disputes in state and federal courts.

Joel is Office Managing Partner of the Indianapolis office and a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. He regularly hosts corporate counsel roundtables on timely topics for in-house counsel and is a frequent speaker on the interrelation of technology and intellectual property. Joel is recognized in the World Trademark Review 1000 (2020) and Chambers USA (Intellectual Property), serves as board member, and active community volunteer, and works with and has held leadership roles of numerous legal and professional organizations.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2016)
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, Certificate of Advanced Licensing Institute (2002)
  • 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, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Professional and Civic Activities

  • S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, bencher
  • International Trademark Association, member
  • Sports Circle Indy, board member
  • Sports Lawyers Association, member
  • American Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Industries Forum and Intellectual Property Law section, member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, member
    • Intellectual Property Section, chair 2011-2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, member
    • Intellectual Property Section, chair, 2017
    • Sports & Entertainment Section, co-chair, 2014
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, member
  • Center for Intellectual Property Research ("CIPR") at IU Maurer School of Law, advisory board member to IP Clinic
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association, former Indiana co-chair of committee on Intellectual Property
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, member
  • Columbia Club, Platinum Society member
  • Indiana Chamber, member
  • Indy Chamber, member
  • OneZone Commerce, member
  • Venture Club of Indiana, member
  • Westfield Chamber of Commerce, member
  • Phi Beta Kappa’s Alpha Association of Indiana, treasurer
  • American Lung Association in Indiana, local leadership board member, Evening of Promise Gala executive leadership team member, and Fight For Air Stair Climb captain
  • Colby and Cate’s Charities, Inc., board member
  • Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Face of Hope Breakfast, table captain
  • Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County, 2017 Dancing With Our Stars celebrity dancer
  • Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Sigma Chi, member

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Indianapolis Bar Foundation as 2021 Distinguished Fellow
  • Listed in World Trademark Review 1000, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Listed in Chambers USA®, Intellectual Property, 2019-present
  • Recipient of Professionalism Award from the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2018
  • Recipient of Quarles & Brady Star Mentor Award, 2018 and 2022
  • Recipient of Lexology Client Choice Award, Indiana: Intellectual Property, 2015
  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property, 2014-present
  • Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Intellectual Property, 2009, 2011-2013
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