Kelley S. Gordon focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on trademarks and copyrights. Kelley also focuses on obtaining and protecting clients’ trademarks and copyrights, and has experience representing and advising clients on trade secrets. She has extensive experience preparing, responding to and arguing contested motions, is knowledgeable in all aspects of discovery, and has conducted extensive legal research related to specific subject matters throughout the course of litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Defended and counter prosecuted trade dress infringement claim involving related utility and design patents, trademark infringement, unfair competition, unfair business practices, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, fraudulent inducement into contract based on patent assignment, and rescission claims
  • Defended and negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of individual accused of copyright infringement of motion picture
  • Regularly conduct trademark due diligence including trademark searches, review use of mark and corresponding classes, currency of title, licensing agreements, and potential common law rights
  • Aided in defense of trade secret misappropriation in breach of restrictive covenants and violations of state laws resulting in favorable settlement

Background and Credentials

Kelley received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School with a certificate in Intellectual Property. While in law school, she attended a summer program at Peking University Institute of International Intellectual Property in Beijing, China, and was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Intellectual Property Law Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Indiana University. As an undergraduate student, she served as the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity President and received the award for "Best Attorney Overall" at the Phi Alpha Delta national mock trial competition.


  • The John Marshall Law School (J.D.)
    • Certificate in Intellectual Property
  • Richmond, The American International University, in London (M.A.)
    • Art History & Visual Culture
  • Indiana University (B.A.)
    • Cognitive Science

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Publications and Presentations

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Chicago Women in Intellectual Property (CHiWIP), Professional Development Committee Member (2019-2020)
  • Defense Research Institute, Intellectual Property Committee Young Lawyer Liaison (2019-2020)
  • Chicago Bar Association, YLS Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chair (2018-2019)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee Investigation Division Member, Intellectual Property Committee Member, Commercial Litigation Committee Member, Cyber Law and Data Privacy Committee Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)