Julia Anne Matheson

Partner at Potomac Law Group PLLC

In her 30th year of practice, Julia Anne Matheson has been repeatedly recognized by clients, competitors, publications, and industry organizations as a dedicated, responsive, and trusted advisor, an effective advocate, and one of the top trademark lawyers in the U.S. Ms Matheson’s practice covers all areas of trademark, trade dress, product configuration, and unfair competition law including worldwide clearance, portfolio management, enforcement, false advertising, due diligence, licensing, and litigation. She frequently advises clients on First Amendment and parody issues related to commercial and non-commercial offerings, and advises consumer products companies on genericide. She has been lead counsel in well over 100 inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has significant experience litigating in the federal courts. Her clients range from startups to multinational household names across numerous industries including consumer goods, personal care products, retail, food and beverage, entertainment, fashion, healthcare, financial services, technology and manufacturing. She is a frequent speaker and author on IP topics, a dedicated mentor to less experienced attorneys, and is active in a number of IP and other legal organizations including INTA, Marques, and the DC Bar Association.

Ms Matheson has been repeatedly recognized by WTR as a leader in the trademark field, including most recent being ranked by WTR 2020 in the gold tier for Trademarks: Non-Contentious both for DC and nationally. She has been named a Trade Mark Star by Managing Intellectual Property for 2020; a Trademark Expert by Expert Guides for 2020; a Lawyer of Distinction by the National Law Journal for 2020; and one of the Best of the Best USA: Trademarks, including one of the top 25 leading U.S. trademark lawyers by Legal Media Group for 2016-2019. She is annually included in Whose Who Legal’s Guide to Trademarks and identified as a Washington, DC Super Lawyer.

Before joining Potomac Law Group in June 2020, Ms Matheson practiced with Hogan Lovells US, and for nearly 24 years with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner.

Professional associations

  • INTA
  • Marques
  • DC Bar Association

Sample client list

  • Starbucks Corporation
  • American National Red Cross
  • ASOS
  • Yasso
  • Supergoop!
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries
  • Everquote
  • Music Choice
  • Twitter

Firm details

Potomac Law Group PLLC
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20004
United States

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