Karen M. Hawkes is a Trademark and Copyright attorney providing both transactional and litigation services to individuals and businesses. Ms. Hawkes focuses her practice on the protection and enforcement of brands for clients ranging from start-ups to well established corporations of all sizes. She has experience in a wide range of industries including e-commerce, authors and artists, software and code developers, retail clothing, and numerous other industries, making her a great fit for many individuals seeking a small business attorney in San Diego and the surrounding areas.
Ms. Hawkes is highly experienced in prosecuting and defending claims involving federal trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition and Lanham Act violations. Ms. Hawkes has substantial experience in prosecuting and defending enforcement actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in state and federal courts. In addition, Ms. Hawkes provides advice on advertising substantiation in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission and rights of publicity.
Ms. Hawkes attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1996. Ms. Hawkes graduated from California Western School of Law and has been a member of the California Bar since 2005. Ms. Hawkes is admitted to practice in the Southern District of California and the Central District of California.
Ms. Hawkes is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of San Diego, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Connected Women of Influence. When not in the office Ms. Hawkes enjoys wine tasting, exploring the islands of Hawaii, sailing and spending time with animals of all types.