About Joel

Supportive, responsive trademark management and dispute counsel

Joel Tragesser counsels clients on brand and trademark management. Recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in his field, Joel is a trusted legal adviser to companies on:

  • Trademark law
  • Licensing
  • Intellectual property litigation

Whether serving as an effective outside counsel on diverse matters before small in-house legal departments or guiding clients through complex intellectual property (IP) issues and disputes, Joel excels in understanding a company's business goals and assessing, strategizing and managing the legal impacts to the company. Joel is invested in his clients’ success, working hard so every client thinks they are his only client.

Joel regularly hosts corporate counsel roundtables on timely topics for in-house counsel and is a frequent speaker on the interrelation of technology and IP.

He is managing partner of the Indianapolis office.

Experience in Action

  • Managing trademark portfolios, including prosecution of trademark applications in the United States and foreign countries.
  • Drafting software licenses and other information technology agreements.
  • Representing clients in IP litigation, including trademark, trade secrets and patent infringement claims, breach of licensing agreements and other claims.
  • Advising on false advertising, Lanham Act and unfair competition litigation.

Professional Recognitions

  • Listed in World Trademark Review 1000, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Recognized by Indianapolis Bar Foundation as 2021 Distinguished Fellow
  • 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
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) Professionalism Award (2018)

  • American Lung Association, Indiana chapter, Team Spirit Award (2016)

  • 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

Professional & Civic Activities

  • World Trademark Review 1000 (2020, 2022)

  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) Distinguished Fellow (2021)

  • 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
  • Indianapolis Law Club, member
  • 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 (2017-2019), Evening of Promise Gala executive leadership team member, and Fight For Air Stair Climb captain, board of directors
  • 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

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