Leslie Hartford is a skillful litigator and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), with extensive experience in the areas of data privacy, trademark and copyright enforcement and litigation, and trade secret litigation.
Leslie is energized by the opportunities to protect her clients’ most valuable assets, and while she is adept at driving early and expedient resolution of disputes, she has the experience and determination to see matters through to their appropriate conclusion.
As a CIPP/US-certified attorney, I am well-qualified to assist clients in proactively preparing cybersecurity protocols as well as guiding clients in responding to a cyber incident. I have represented clients in data privacy-related litigation at both the state and federal levels. I also am closely following consumer data breach litigation across the nation, which informs my advice to help clients avoid similar costly, class-based claims.
I handle all stages of trademark and copyright enforcement and defense, working not only to ensure clients’ marks are protected but also to respond and defend clients when their own intellectual property use is challenged. I routinely develop and implement strategies to resolve trademark and copyright disputes, ranging from day-to-day enforcement to litigation in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Most recently, I was a member of a litigation team that secured a complete defense win for our client in the face of claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices.
I work zealously to protect client trade secrets and prevent the theft and/or dissemination of clients’ proprietary information. I have substantial experience managing complex discovery, including the unique issues that arise from the sensitive disclosure processes often required in trade secret matters.
The proliferation of inexpensive AI tools is making cybersecurity threats like phishing emails more difficult to spot and thus even more dangerous. Companies and individuals will need to be vigilant in assessing threats and protecting their systems.
This column of notable Boston-area business news from 2022 includes client W.B. Mason Co.’s trial victory in a trademark infringement and dilution case brought by Dairy Queen related to the client’s BLIZZARD private-label spring water. The article mentions the firm for representing W.B. Mason. NP’s trial team, led by Intellectual Property partner and Cybersecurity & Privacy practice group leader Jason Kravitz, included Cybersecurity & Privacy counsel Gina McCreadie, associates Leslie Hartford and Melanie Dempster, and Complex Disputes senior counsel Deborah Thaxter, all of the Boston office.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Duke University, B.A.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
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