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Leanne Stendell is the associate general counsel at TGI Friday’s Inc, managing intellectual property, licensing, marketing, digital, information technology and other matters. She is the company’s first dedicated intellectual property attorney. She brought in-house the intellectual property matters previously handled by outside law firms and developed the company’s intellectual property procedures and processes.
Prior to joining Fridays, Ms Stendell was the global managing director for trademarks and IP for Yum! Brands Inc and its restaurant brands KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. She began her career at Haynes and Boone LLP in the intellectual property practice group, representing clients across all business sectors.
Ms Stendell is an active member of INTA and served on the board of directors during the 2019-2022 term and as chair of the in-house practitioners committee during the 2018-’19 term. She has previously held roles on the Internet committee, online reference committee, and young practitioners committee. Ms Stendell is also involved in the Association of Corporate Counsel and the State Bar of Texas intellectual property section and its women in IP committee.
Ms Stendell received the State Bar of Texas IP section’s 2019 Annual Trademark Award for her accomplishments in the trademark community.
Leanne is a summa cum laude graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.