Tara Akinwande, Associate


A member of the Intellectual Property Group, Tara Akinwande has significant experience counseling clients on a wide range of trademark, copyright, advertising, and marketing law issues. She has been particularly involved in handling matters for entertainment, film, advertising and media clients. Specifically, her experience includes:

  • Constructing and executing comprehensive global trademark strategies that incorporate managing global trademark and domain portfolios, handling comprehensive global trademark and domain disputes, and providing trademark availability and infringement opinions
  • Conducting searches and clearance of trademarks; prosecuting domestic and international trademark applications; and engaging foreign trademark counsel when needed
  • Representing clients in trademark enforcement matters, such as disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Drafting and reviewing agreements, such as option purchase and financing agreements for clients in the film industry, master service agreements for clients in the advertising industry, and trademark assignment agreements for clients in various industries
  • Assisting clients in resolving domain name disputes, including via Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) complaints

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2015)
  • Pepperdine University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2012)
    • Major: Integrated Marketing Communication

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • International Trademark Association (Public and Media Relations Committee)
  • Chicago Women in IP (Outreach Committee)