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Mari-Elise Paul

Mari-Elise Paul

Mari-Elise Paul splits her time between the Alexandria and Louisville offices where she is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Group. Her practice concentrates on litigation involving intellectual property infringement and trade secret misappropriation, prosecuting trademark and copyright registration applications, litigating trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings as well as negotiating and drafting licenses and other contracts that involve intellectual property or technology rights. She also interacts with U.S. Customs & Border Protection to enforce trademarks through seizure orders.

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Before Stites & Harbison

Prior to law school, Mari-Elise attended the University of Maryland and studied dance and English, with an emphasis in rhetoric. As a law student, Mari-Elise volunteered at the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts and performed with Louisville’s modern dance company Moving Collective.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Mari-Elise currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Ballet and previously served on the Board of Directors for Washington, D.C.'s Dance Exchange. She is also a member of Americans for the Arts, volunteers for the Washington Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and is actively involved with Gilda's Club. Mari-Elise has recently become involved with advocating for congenital heart defect research.

Besides Stites & Harbison

Outside the office, Mari-Elise can usually be found spending time with her husband Bruce, their daughter Stella, her step-twins Alex and Emily, and the family puppy Moxie. Mari-Elise enjoys practicing and teaching hot yoga, running, traveling, and experimenting in the kitchen with Bruce.

Professional Accolades

Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015)

Washington DC Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015)

Community Involvement

  • Louisville Ballet, Board of Directors
  • Americans for the Arts, Member
  • Dance Exchange, Board of Directors