Sarah Riess

Sarah Riess

1776 Ash Street
Northfield, IL 60093
Cell       847-691-6443
Direct   773-796-5270
Fax       312-268-5063

Practice Summary

Sarah Riess advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, with emphasis on trademark issues across a range of industries, including the financial and fashion industries. Sarah’s practice focuses on trademark and copyright litigation in federal court and before the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Sarah has litigated numerous cases in federal and state courts.  She regularly participates in all phases of litigation including, drafting pleadings, engaging in discovery, drafting briefs and dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, negotiating settlement agreements, and taking cases to trial.  Recently, Sarah successfully appealed the dismissal of a case in the First District Appellate Court of Illinois.

During law school, Sarah clerked for an intellectual property law firm. She was also a competitor at the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court competition.


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2013
M.S., Georgetown University, 2006
B.S., B.A., Western Michigan University, 2003, cum laude


Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois

Areas of Emphasis and Experience

  • Intellectual property litigation, including trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition claims
  • Intellectual property enforcement actions
  • Worldwide trademark counseling and portfolio management
  • Trademark clearance and risk assessment
  • Transactional licensing and assignment agreements
  • Domain name and Internet intellectual property enforcement
  • Intellectual property inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (T.T.A.B.)

Memberships & Affiliations

International Trademark Association