Leanne Stendell

Associate General Counsel at TGI Friday's Inc

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 IP attorney. She brought in-house the IP matters previously handled by outside law firms and developed the company’s IP procedures and processes.

Prior to joining TGI Friday's, she was the global managing director, trademarks and intellectual property, 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 IP practice group, representing clients across all business sectors.

Ms Stendell is an active member of INTA, currently serving on the board of directors and chairing the In-House Practitioners Committee. She has previously held roles on the Internet Committee, Online Reference Committee and Young Practitioners Committee. She is also involved in the Association of Corporate Counsel and the State Bar of Texas IP Section and its Women in IP Committee.

In 2019 she received the State Bar of Texas IP Section’s Annual Trademark Award for her accomplishments in the trademark community.

She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Professional associations

  • INTA
  • ACC
  • State Bar of Texas IP Section


  • Consumer electronics
  • Fashion
  • Food/beverage
  • Internet/online
  • Personal/household
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel/leisure

Firm details

TGI Friday's Inc
Dallas TX
United States

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