Kristin J. Achterhof

Kristin J. Achterhof


Recognized since 2019

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Trademark Law

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Household names in the technology and entertainment sectors and famous brands in all areas of consumer products and services rely on Kristin as an advocate and trusted advisor on IP, general advertising and competition issues. She has counseled multinational clients in multiple high-profile disputes involving novel ecommerce issues. She also gives strategic advice to clients on exploiting their copyrights and trademarks over social media, and on how to best protect their IP rights in software and emerging technologies. Kristin acts as a first-chair trial attorney in disputes in federal court, state court and before the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, she represents clients in IP-related transactions that range from licenses to distribution agreements to vendor contracts. For many clients, Kristin is something more than an experienced first chair litigator. For them, she is a strategic counselor and partner, who takes the time to truly understand their business and what matters most when their brands are under attack, their IP is being exploited or when they simply need an effective advocate in their corner. Clients also benefit from her extensive knowledge and experience as a counselor and advocate in disputes involving their advertising, marketing and promotions practices. All of her abilities combine to make her a trusted advisor, a passionate and practical advocate, and, for her clients, the first phone call. Kristin is a frequent speaker and panel member for business, legal practice and educational groups across the country, and she is frequently quoted in national and international publications. She also is a skilled mediator and a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, sponsored jointly by the International Trademark Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

Contact & Links
  • 525 West Monroe Street
    Chicago, IL 60661-3693
  • Northwestern University, J.D., graduated 1991

Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

99 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

81 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Trademark Law, Chicago (2020)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Advertising Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law


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