Mary Ellen Roy

Mary Ellen Roy


Phelps Dunbar LLP

Recognized since 2003

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Advertising Law

Litigation - First Amendment

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Media Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Mary Ellen Roy practices in the area of commercial litigation. She represents media and advertising companies in pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, defamation defense, privacy law, courtroom access, public records and open meetings, reporter’s privilege, negligent misrepresentation, and other First Amendment issues. She also handles intellectual property law matters, including copyright and trademark counseling, litigation, registration, prosecution and proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She has experience with various Internet and technology law issues, including domain name disputes in international arbitrations before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), privacy and terms of use policies for websites, and anonymous speech postings.

Ms. Roy’s practice includes representing electric, gas, and water utilities in antitrust and consumer class actions, municipal franchise disputes, expropriation litigation, and regulatory proceedings before the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In addition, she represents corporate clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including bank mergers and acquisitions, franchisor/franchisee disputes, shareholder and securities suits, entertainment law issues, unfair trade practices claims, protection of trade secrets, lender liability, real estate partnerships, arbitration, and general business torts.

Location

  • 365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
    New Orleans, LA 70130-6534

Education

  • Harvard University Law School , J.D., graduated 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association Communications Law Forum - Member
  • Harvard Club of Louisiana - Member
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Louisiana Coalition for Open Government - Board Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Member
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section - Member

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

159 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

43 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Litigation - Intellectual Property

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - First Amendment, New Orleans (2022)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, New Orleans (2019)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, New Orleans (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Advertising Law
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Media Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Special Focus

  • Advertising
  • Appellate
  • Constitutional
  • Copyright
  • Defamation
  • Defendants
  • Electronics
  • Entertainment Law
  • Free Speech
  • Information Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Litigation
  • Media
  • Software
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark
  • Unfair Trade Practices

Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • IP Star - Managing Intellectual Property Magazine

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