April L Besl

Trademark and Copyright Procurement and Management Chair at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Trademark and copyright chair April L Besl exemplifies Dinsmore’s client approach. Clients and peers appreciate her personable style and responsiveness and have called her “a pleasure to work with” and a “trademark guru”. Ms Besl approaches issues holistically – from both a legal and business perspective – and, using that approach, she currently services a large and diverse portfolio of domestic and international trademarks and copyright for a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individual entrepreneurs.

She has experience assisting clients with emerging issues related to the impact of social media, the Web and technology on their business and marketing strategies, including preventing the misuse of client brands and copyright on these platforms. In addressing these evolving issues and technologies, she provides a direct, strategic and thoughtful approach tailored to the culture and goals of each individual client.

She frequently appears in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to defend clients’ intellectual property rights. She has successfully resolved cases in favour of her clients, including in multimillion-dollar trademark disputes, Digital Millennium Copyright Act disputes, copyright ownership disputes and licensing disputes.

Court admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ohio Rising Stars Intellectual Property (2016-present)


  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Trademarks and Domain Names and Social Media Committee
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, board member (2018-present)
  • Bizwomen, cabinet member
  • Women United (formerly known as WINGs) (2013-present), Steering Committee (2018-present)
  • International Trademark Association, former member of US Subcommittee of the Non-Traditional Marks Committee and Law Firm Committee
  • CincyBrand, Planning Committee, chair (2014-present)
  • Pro Bono Partnership, volunteer (2016-present)

Professional associations

  • ChIPs
  • INTA
  • IPO

Firm details

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
255 East Fifth Street
Suite 1900
Cincinnati OH 45202
United States

Contact details

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