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J. Alison Grabell - Los Angeles, CA

10430 Wilshire Blvd.Suite 9 Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Updated: 09/21/2020

Los Angeles Trademarks Lawyer


Alison Grabell focuses her practice of law on trademarks, copyrights and related intellectual property matters. After twenty years associated with and as a partner of various local and national law firms in Los Angeles, Ms. Grabell established her own practice, MarkStarLaw, in February 2017. She concentrates on U.S...

Alison Grabell focuses her practice of law on trademarks, copyrights and related intellectual property matters. After twenty years associated with and as a partner of various local and national law firms in Los Angeles, Ms. Grabell established her own practice, MarkStarLaw, in February 2017. She concentrates on U.S. and international trademark prosecution; copyright prosecution; intellectual property licensing; enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights, including ex parte and inter partes practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and intellectual property asset sales and acquisitions. Alison maintains long-standing relationships with legal counsel worldwide to assist clients with international intellectual property protection and enforcement. Alison counsels clients in established, growing and young businesses across a wide spectrum of industries. She focuses on education and advising clients about opportunities to develop, enhance and protect their intellectual property portfolios as valuable business assets. Her strategic advice assists clients in positioning themselves to maximize exploitation and protection of their UP assets. Alison has received recognition as a SuperLawyer ® and also as a leading IP attorney in Los Angeles and among women lawyers, including one of the forty “Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law” in Who’s Who in L.A. Law, published by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Alison’s practice is grounded in her academic and professional experience in international relations. Alison represented the United States abroad as a member of the diplomatic corps, participated as a volunteer in the Protocol Office at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and served as Editor-in-Chief of her law school’s international law journal.


Guides companies in developing core brands and protecting them worldwide

Conducts worldwide due diligence to clear trademarks

Develops registration and enforcement strategies

Coordinates and maintains trademark and copyright portfolios

Negotiates license, distribution and consent agreements to maximize exploitation of brands

Advises on parent-subsidiary intellectual property ownership

Appears before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on appeals of refusals of registration and in opposition and cancellation proceedings

About J. Alison Grabell

Practice Areas

  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Intellectual Property


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Federal Courts

Other Affiliations

  • Former Executive Committee and member, Intellectual Property Law Section of
  • International Trademark Association (Editor, The Trademark Reporter)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section and Member, - 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • Miranda’s People
  • Dragon Foundation
  • Tools for Peace
  • Peace Over Violence
  • Studios for Schools
  • Donor of art gallery archive to The Getty Center

Past Positions

  • United States Foreign Service, 1970 - 1983
  • Foreign Affairs Consultant, 1983 - 1989
  • Blakely, Sokoloff LLP, Certified IP Paralegal, 1990 - 1993
  • Small, Larkin LLP, 1997 - 2002
  • Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP, 2002 - 2005
  • Liner Yankelevitz LLP, 2005 - 2007
  • Venable LLP, 2007 - 2008
  • Brutzkus Gubner LLP, 2008 - January 31, 2017


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1996
    Law Journal: Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, Editor-in-Chief
  • Johns Hopkins University, 1981
    Major: International Public Policy
  • Mount Holyoke College, 1970


Published Works

  • International Law Section of the State Bar, “International Trademark and
  • IP Law Section of the State Bar, The Trademark Office Comes to California
  • Loyola Law School Intersession, “Contracts in the Creative Fields – Apparel,
  • MAGIC, “Branding and Protecting Your Creations for Market Impact,” February
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association, “Avoiding Fraud on the Trademark
  • Ventura County Bar Association, “Avoiding Fraud on the Trademark Office,”
  • California State Bar Annual Intellectual Property Institute, “Trademark Litigation
  • Practising Law Institute, faculty member, “Dilution Under the New Rules,”
  • “Comments on the Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006,” Practising Law
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting, “Issues in International Trademark
  • “A Flawed Balancing Act: Rights of Free Speech and Publicity,” World
  • “New Northern Neighbor? An Independent Quebec, the United States and the

Office Information


10430 Wilshire Blvd.Suite 9 Los Angeles, CA 90024


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Included on the 2024 Southern California list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Southern California Super Lawyers list

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