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Kelly Young helps companies build and protect their intellectual property assets worldwide. Her experience in both the trademark and copyright fields allows her to take a holistic approach to clients’ intellectual property matters.


Kelly counsels clients on all aspects of domestic and international brand management, navigating the entire lifecycle of trademarks from clearance and registration through maintenance and enforcement. She manages trademark portfolios in a variety of industries and advises companies from startups to large multinational corporations on their branding strategy.

Kelly frequently handles trademark matters arising from business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions. In particular, Kelly helps companies integrate their global portfolios after transactions, and has strategized with trademark counsel in more than 150 countries to develop efficient ways of unifying the ownership of intellectual property assets.


In addition, Kelly assists clients with copyright protection and enforcement. She advises on the use of third-party materials, including the licensing of music and photos, and develops copyright application filing strategies for protecting clients’ own creative works. As part of her practice, Kelly drafts and reviews copyright license and other intellectual property agreements. She also helps clients enforce and defend their rights, negotiating settlements where appropriate.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Kelly enjoys playing the cello and performs with the D.C. Concert Orchestra.

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Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


Boston University School of Law
J.D. cum laude (2012)

Duquesne University
B.A. summa cum laude (2009)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • TCAM Today – uncomplicated, practical, day-to-day advice about how to build, protect or monetize a brand

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • International Trademark Association — Indigenous Rights Committee, 2022-present (Subcommittee Chair, 2024-present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • The Copyright Society
  • District of Columbia Bar — Trademark and Copyright Committee, Co-Chair, 2020-present; International IP Committee, Co-Chair, 2019-20

Firm Leadership

  • Associates Committee, 2022-23


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," 2024
  • World Trademark Review 1000 — World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (District of Columbia), 2024
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-18
  • Boston University School of Law — Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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