Joseph Lawlor


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2012, Member, Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

B.S., Legal Studies, St. John's University, 2009


New York, 2013

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Joseph Lawlor litigates high-stakes intellectual property and commercial disputes on behalf of a diverse clientele, which has included nationally-recognized colleges, pharmaceutical companies, commercial property owners and investors, healthcare providers, leading retailers, professional sports leagues, cryptocurrency firms, and web-based start-ups.

Joe relies on sound judgment and an analytical business-focused approach as he represents clients through all phases of litigation, including jury and bench trials in federal and state courts. Joe’s representation of plaintiffs and defendants in trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters includes the successful representation of a global skin care company in a jury trial and companion Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceeding relating to a trademark dispute over one of its flagship products; the representation of a national retailer and public college in a publicized copyright dispute relating to the design of a backpack; and the representation of a consulting firm in a Lanham Act action to protect its most valuable brand.

Joe’s value to clients also lies in the diversity and breadth of his experience. For example, Joe has successfully represented the National Football League in several federal lawsuits alleging violations of consumer protection laws in connection with the sale of playoff tickets. Joe has also counseled lenders and equity holders in complex real estate finance disputes. As employer’s counsel, Joe has helped to defend discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour suits.

Joe has also represented individuals under investigation by state and federal governmental agencies, including recently securing the complete dismissal of charges against a financier indicted on multiple counts of securities fraud in the Southern District of New York. Joe has written for the Bloomberg BNA Criminal Law Reporter on Fifth Amendment issues and helped secure the release of a journalist who was improperly detained by federal authorities.

Joe is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for which he co-hosted a roundtable for emerging trademark issues in the expanding digital marketplace. When not practicing law, Joe can likely be found fervently following college basketball or playing with his Westie.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, for Intellectual Property Litigation, 2017-2018

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