Karen Gaunt

IP Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group Chair at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

With nearly 25 years of dedicated work in intellectual property, Karen Gaunt possesses a sophisticated skillset that combines her litigation and transactional experience in counselling clients on their immediate and long-term business needs. She counsels companies ranging from Fortune 100s to start-ups on how to build and protect their intellectual property now, and in the future. Ms Gaunt is the immediate past chair of the firm’s trademark and copyright practice group and now serves as the chair of Dinsmore’s IP litigation and enforcement practice group. She has represented clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in nearly 65 federal court cases, has represented clients in numerous state court matters and has handled over 280 matters at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

She is the attorney of record on more than 1,600 trademarks at the US Patent and Trademark Office and has lent her counsel to in-house trademark departments with Fortune 100 companies in connection with thousands more. She provides counsel on transactional and litigation matters involving domestic and international trademark and branding matters, copyright, advertising, digital, licensing, promotions and marketing matters. Ms Gaunt also assists clients with anti-counterfeiting matters involving investigation and pursuit of counterfeiters, and removal of counterfeit goods from the marketplace.


  • Best Lawyers
  • “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati for Litigation – Intellectual Property (2016)
  • “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati for Copyright Law (2013, 2015, 2018, 2020)
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark Law (2021)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property (2008-2020)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2012-2020)
  • Cincy Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine
  • World Trademark Review’s edition of WTR 1000 (2014-2015); Silver tier (2016-2019); Gold tier (2020)

Court admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of International Trade
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, past board member

Professional associations

  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association
  • INTA
  • IPO

Firm details

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

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