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Wendi E. Sloane


Wendi concentrates her practice on intellectual property law and complex commercial litigation.

As co-chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Wendi has extensive experience in all areas of non-utility patent intellectual property. Wendi combines her skill and experience as a trial attorney with her knowledge of copyright, trademark, design patent and trade secret law to service the firm's diverse clientele. She actively assists clients in identifying, protecting, valuing, and preserving their intellectual property assets in the United States and internationally.  She handles the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.  Wendi has litigated a wide variety of intellectual property cases across the country, including trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, counterfeiting, domain name issues, false advertising, right of publicity, and copyright infringement. She has also handled a number of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  She has also litigated a variety of business-related commercial disputes. Wendi is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution, both as a litigant handling mediations and arbitrations, and as a mediator herself.  She is a frequent speaker at a variety of IP industry seminars and meetings.

In 2009, Wendi was honored as a Corporate Woman of Achievement by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO Chicago Chapter) for her contributions to advancing the success of women in the field of law.

Wendi is proficient in French.

Representative Experience

Professional & Community Activities

  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA) Trademark Mediators Network
    • Member, Trademark Reporter Committee (2014-2015)
  • Corporate Woman of Achievement by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO Chicago Chapter) (2009)
  • Intellectual Property Mediator, ADR Systems of America, LLC
    • Member, Trademark Internet Committee
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association Trademark Litigation Committee (AIPLA)

Other Events & Speaking Engagements

  • Table Topic Moderator, 2013 International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, “What Every Trademark Lawyer Should Know About Advertising Injury Insurance”
  • Lecturer, Chicago Kent School of Law, Graduate Program in Financial Services, on Director and Officer Liability Issues
  • Speaker and author, Chicago Bar Association seminar on Commercial Litigation Discovery Techniques
  • Speaker and author, Illinois Bar Association seminar on Contract Damage Issues
  • Speaker and Author, Illinois Bar Association seminar on UCC Damage Issues



The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1982

Brown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1979

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court- District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Representative Clients

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