Susan Meyer

Susan Meyer concentrates her practice in franchise, intellectual property, and corporate law. As a former business owner and manager, Susan provides practical, value-driven legal counsel. She helps established companies as well as start-ups focus on and manage their growth.

What do you focus on?

I offer legal counsel and business advice in the following areas:

Franchise Law

A significant aspect of my practice involves assisting franchisors in meeting their compliance requirements. I also serve as outside general counsel to franchisors and franchisees as well as other clients across a broad range of industries. In this role, I lead teams of attorneys in handling general corporate, franchise, and intellectual property issues.

Intellectual Property

I have extensive experience with intellectual property prosecutions, licensing, and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on trademark law. In addition to litigating trademark matters, I represent clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Norwegian Business

My recent international work involves advising companies on business, cultural, and legal matters related to commerce between Norway and the U.S. As the current president of the Chicago Chapter of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), I connect companies from both nations with potential customers, consultants, trade groups, and government officials.

Thought Leadership

I recently attended President Obama’s SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Norwegian Delegation. The Summit’s focus was on international trade opportunities.

What do you see on the horizon?

Norway’s rise as a major U.S. trading partner represents enormous business opportunities for companies that understand how to navigate associated cultural and legal differences. I’m focused on developing strategies to enable clients to realize those opportunities both here and abroad.


  • “Intellectual Property Matters—How to Protect Your IP and Add Value to Your Organization,” Chicago-Kent College of Law’s 35th Annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • “State Franchise Regulator’s Perspective: What You Should Know Before You Buy A Franchise," International Franchise Association
  • “Fundamentals 201: Effective Strategies for Working with State Regulators,” American Bar Association
  • “Trademark Basics for Non-IP Lawyers,” Ungaretti & Harris IP CLE Seminar
  • "Fundamentals 201: Drafting A Disclosure Document," American Bar Association
  • "Franchising Issues Under New State and Federal Requirements," Illinois State Bar Association
  • “Fundamentals of Franchising: Disclosure and Registration”, American Bar Association/Chicago Bar Association
  • “Negotiating Contract Terms and Conditions: Protecting Your Bottom Line,” Annual Business and Employment Law Seminar: Schwartz Cooper Chartered
  • Chicago Kent Law School: Women in IP Roundtable
  • Co-Chair for the Women’s Caucus Breakfast, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising


Susan Meyer



Phone: 312-977-4473

Fax: 844-562-7988

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.

Stony Brook University, B.A.



U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • ISBA Standing Committee on Franchise & Distribution Law
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce Midwest-Chicago Chapter - President
  • Swedish American Chamber of Commerce (SACC)
  • INTA Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Judge 2007-2009
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