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Ellen T. Mathews

Ellen is in Burr & Forman's commercial litigation and intellectual property groups. She has experience in serving institutional clients and individuals in many facets of litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, and intellectual property infringement.

She assists clients in selecting, obtaining, maintaining, and protecting federal trademark registrations, including performing screening searches, prosecuting trademark applications, and sending cease and desist letters.

Through all stages of litigation, Ellen's experience includes pre-suit investigation and case evaluation, drafting and responding to complaints, motion to dismiss practice, discovery, and motion for summary judgment practice, trial, and appeals. She also engages in settlement negotiations, including mediations, on behalf of clients.

Ellen has drafted successful motions to dismiss at the pleadings and summary judgment stages, and has had success in the appellate arena, where she once played an integral part in obtaining dismissal of her client during a permissive appeal.

Ellen's practice also involves transactional matters in the intellectual property context, where she has successfully overcome unfavorable office actions issued by the USPTO.<...

What was your first job?
I worked as a cashier at a grocery store.

What advice would you give a young law student?
Create your own study habits and law school goals without getting caught up in how others in your class are tackling the same courses and assignments. You are the only person who knows what you need to do to be a successful student, and focusing on how others are handling themselves will only cause you to lose sight of what you know is right for yourself.

How do you define a “good day?”
A good day is simply one where you wake up with a list of goals you want to accomplish for that day and fall asleep knowing you accomplished each one.


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