Mari-Elise Paul

Mari-Elise Paul is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Group. Her practice involves litigating intellectual property infringement and trade secret misappropriation matters, prosecuting trademark and copyright registration applications, litigating trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and negotiating and drafting licenses, assignments, and other agreements that involve intellectual property or technology rights. She also practices in the Privacy and Data Security area and advises clients on a variety of privacy matters, including compliance with privacy and data security laws and drafting privacy policies.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Ransomware Threats: Prevention Tips and Response Strategies

panelist, American Bar Association, Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section Webinar, February 28, 2023

Mari-Elise Paul Named a 2022 Go To Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law

by staff writer, Attorney At Law Magazine, September 27, 2022

Virginia's Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law

by editor, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September 26, 2022

Heavy Meta: Is Rebranding Worth All This?

Institute Across Borders: Your Essential US and EU Privacy Update

panel member, Ontario Bar Association, November 9, 2021

Looking Through the Leadership Lens: Trademark Office Leadership in an Evolving Landscape

International Women’s Day: ‘choosing to challenge’ and the fight for gender equality

Data Privacy Day: Scanning Data Privacy Issues for 2021

Young Practitioner Spotlight: Faridah Saliu-Bello

International Trademark Association (INTA) Newsletter, October 7, 2020

Protecting Your Digital IP

by Liz Carey, Smiley Pete Publishing, September 28, 2020

UNITED STATES: NFL Team to Drop ‘REDSKINS’ Name, Trademark, and Logo

International Trademark Association (INTA) Newsletter, July 15, 2020

Lucky Brand Gets Lucky Before the Supreme Court

Shiver Me Timbers! States Can’t be Sued for Copyright Infringement

Everyone's New Year's Resolution: More Privacy

Tennessee Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, Nashville, Tennessee, December 9, 2019

Levi's Keeps Tabs on YSL's Pockets

Trademarkology blog, September 24, 2019

Finally U Can Trademark immoral or scandalous marks

Trademarks in Bankruptcy

The Race to Privacy

Stites & Harbsion Thirsty Thursday Speaker Series, April 25, 2019

Supreme Court Throws Copyright Owners Curveballs

One Important Thing To Do Before You Ring In The New Year!

Trademark Takedown Trends: Adoption of a DMCA-style Notice and Takedown Procedure for Trademark Infringement Allegations

Louisville Bar Briefs, December 2017
Bar Admissions
Firm Leadership

S.W.I.F.T. (Stites Women Investing in our Futures Together) Committee, Member

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Virginia State Bar
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Trademark Treaties and International Law Committee
International Trademark Association, Leadership Development Committee
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Community Involvement

Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees

Louisville American Heart Association, Board of Directors

Go Red for Women Luncheon - Louisville, American Heart Association, Chair (2020)

Americans for the Arts, Member

Louisville Ballet, former Board of Directors

Dance Exchange, former Board of Directors

More Than Stites & Harbison

Mari-Elise currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation and Board of Directors for the Louisville American Heart Association. She is a former member of the board for 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.

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.

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.


Best Lawyers in America®, Ones To Watch, Intellectual Property Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Technology Law (2022-24)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2024

WTR 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, World Trademark Review (WTR) (2024)

Virginia's Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2022)

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), Diversity Trailblazers (2021)

Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015)

Washington DC Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015)

Paul Ones To Watch2024
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Press Releases

2024 WTR 1000 Recognizes Stites & Harbison’s Trademark Practice

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—World Trademark Review (WTR) has recognized Stites & Harbison, PLLC and four attorneys in the 2024 edition of WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 16, 2024
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2024 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers® recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 35 attorneys to the Super Lawyers® list and 14 attorneys to the Rising Stars® list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2024
Client Alerts

The Supreme Court Helps Copyright Owners by Limiting Fair Use in Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith

In May, the Supreme Court issued a narrow decision on the issue of fair use in copyright infringement cases. The case, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, strengthened the position of potential plaintiffs – a little.

by John W. Scruton and Mari-Elise Paul October 04, 2023
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2023
Client Alerts

Supreme Court “Chews” VIP Products LLC’s Position, Unanimously Siding with Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc.

Intellectual Property attorneys Alex MacKay and Mari-Elise Paul take a look at the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Jack Daniel's Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC case in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Alexandra MacKay and Mari-Elise Paul June 30, 2023

Ransomware Threats: Prevention Tips and Response Strategies

Date: 2/28/23
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Stites & Harbison attorneys, Mari-Elise Paul and Sarah Cronan Spurlock, will participate in this upcoming ABA program focused on cybersecurity law and cyber incident response preparedness.

Mari-Elise Paul and Sarah Cronan Spurlock February 08, 2023
Client Alerts

The Twelve Days of I.P. Christmas

As we come to the end of the year, the members of the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Stites & Harbison took time to reflect upon some of the amazing things that have occurred in the world of Intellectual Property. In a light-hearted review of some of our favorite finds from 2022, please enjoy our own take on the classic carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

by Joel T. Beres, Jeffrey A. Haeberlin, James Hayne, Thomas J. Mihill (TJ), Mari-Elise Paul, B. Aaron Schulman, Gary N. Stewart (Nick), and Patrick M. Torre December 14, 2022
Press Releases

Mari-Elise Paul Named a 2022 Go To Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Virginia Lawyers Weekly recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mari-Elise Paul to the 2022 list of Virginia’s Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law. She is one of 19 attorneys honored.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 28, 2022