Lisabeth H. Coakley (Beth)

Principal / Detroit Metro Office

Beth’s career is marked by her dedication to safeguarding her clients’ brands in order to protect and maximize their value in the global market. With more than 37 years of combined experience as in-house and outside counsel, Beth designs customized worldwide strategies that achieve her client’s business objectives in branding. She prosecutes, enforces, licenses and maintains some of the world’s most famous trademarks.

Beth has extensive prosecution and administrative litigation experience before the USTPO, TTAB, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and has first-chaired several civil jury trials. Beth’s practice also includes a host of contested matters including counterfeit goods, Customs enforcement and seizures, e-commerce, domain name disputes, dilution and unfair advertising and trade practices. Notably, Beth served as counsel to the most frequent Opposer in the U.S. for many years, and she aggressively defends and enforces her client’s trademark rights on a global scale. Her clients tell her she consistently delivers prompt and practical solutions.

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client recommendations

“She is a rare expert that is much more a partner than a supplier; she is engaging and I am continually impressed with her services.”

“Beth has a special gift to look at projects in a variety of ways; she is able to develop creative strategies for unique trademark situations.”

“She understands our company and industry inside and out; she has great flexibility in working with her clients and she is unerringly thorough.”

“She asks probing and smart questions; she quickly grasps the nuances and potential impacts.”

“She knows worldwide trademark laws and considerations like the back of her hand.”

As Chair of Harness Dickey’s Diversity Committee, Beth leads the firm on making decisions to positively impact the hiring, promotion and empowerment of women and culturally diverse attorneys. She is also one of the key planners of the firm’s proprietary online portal that allows clients to access, track and manage their virtual IP portfolio in real time.

Beth is a certified neutral commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, was appointed to the Panel of Neutrals for the INTA Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, is a certified Mediator, and has served as an expert witness and teaching fellow. Prior to joining the firm, Beth worked for the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and served as Vice President and Intellectual Property Counsel for the world’s largest retailer.

Honors & Distinctions

Beth’s reputation for excellence continues to earn acclaim for her practice and the firm, including a spotlight for both in the prestigious World Trademark Review.

Additional honors include:

  • Best Lawyers, Trademark Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property and Copyright Law, 2011-2019
  • Best Lawyers, Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy, 2018
  • Best Lawyers, “Women in the Law Top Peer-Nominated Lawyer” in Intellectual Property, 2016
  • Best Lawyers, “Trademark Lawyer of the Year” in Detroit, 2012
  • Best Lawyers, “Copyright Lawyer of the Year” in Troy, 2017
  • Best Lawyers, “Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in Detroit, 2015
  • DBusiness Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2018, 2019
  • DBusiness Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • International Law Office and Lexology (American Corporate Counsel), “Client Choice Award” for Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Michigan, 2015, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers, “Top 10 Women Business Lawyers,” “Top 100 Business Lawyers,” “Top 100 Women Lawyers” in Michigan, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers, named a “Leading Lawyer” for Copyright/Trademark, Intellectual Property and Patents, 2014-2018
  • Managing Intellectual Property, “IP Stars,” 2013-2018
  • Managing Intellectual Property, “Top 250 Women in IP in the United States,” 2014, 2015
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, “Women in Law,” 2015
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2008-2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, “Michigan Top 50 Women,” 2014
  • World Trademark Review, “WTR 1000,” 2017
  • Selected by clients and peers to be included in the Who’s Who Legal,Trademarks, 2014
  • Selected by peer recommendation to be on the Michigan Leading Lawyers Advisory Board

Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Council for Intellectual Property Section, 2014-2017
  • International Trademark Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Association
  • American Bar Association
  • IP American Inns of Court, appointed Master of the Bench by Federal Judiciary

Education

J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University, 1981

B.G.S., with honors, Oakland University, 1977

Bar & Court Admissions

Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit