Main Menu

Sharon Calhoun is a partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups.

For over a decade, Sharon has helped build and protect some of the world’s leading brands. Sharon combines her skill and experience as a trial attorney with her knowledge of intellectual property law to actively assist clients in identifying, protecting, valuing, and preserving their intellectual property assets. The litigation side of Sharon’s practice involves resolving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, counterfeiting, and cybersquatting disputes through a variety of means, including, negotiated settlements, litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, and ICANN proceedings. Sharon’s litigation practice also includes significant experience representing clients with commercial disputes including contract, real estate, licensing, and a variety of tort issues.

In addition to her experience with intellectual property and commercial litigation, Sharon assists companies with global trademark portfolio management and the intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. She works with clients to increase the value of their intellectual property assets and to monetize their brands through various means including licensing programs, counseling clients on social media issues, and conducting legal review of advertising and promotional materials.

Sharon is the President of the BFKN Foundation and a member of the Pro Bono Committee with an active pro bono practice. In 2012, she returned from a 6-month leave of absence from her practice at Barack Ferrazzano after performing pro bono legal work in South Africa. Sharon was profiled in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin regarding her international pro bono work, and she was a guest blogger about her South African pro bono experience for the American Bar Association's Center for Pro Bono.

Representative Experience

Activities & Honors

  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2020)
  • Selected, Emerging Lawyers Network (2015-2022)
  • Selected, Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers (2010-2019)
  • Selected, 40 & Under Hot List, Benchmark Litigation (2018-2019)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Black Women’s Lawyer Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Young Chicago Authors
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Young Professionals Board, Public Interest Law Initiative

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

Articles & Publications



New York University School of Law, J.D., May 2007

University of Virginia, B.S., 2001

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit

Representative Clients

Back to Page

We use cookies on our website to improve functionality and performance, analyze website traffic and enable social media features. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our use of cookies.