Morgan Lewis

Related Publications

02/13/15 ICANN News: 500+ New gTLDs Introduced to the Internet
A milestone has been reached in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ controversial and ambitious generic top-level domain program.
02/06/13 ICANN Publishes Pricing for Trademark Clearinghouse
As ICANN moves toward its expansion of Internet top-level domains, trademark owners should consider strategies to protect their brands.
01/24/13 Enforcement Implications of Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc.
Brand owner's broad covenant not to sue may render invalidity counterclaims moot.
View all publications

Related News

10/01/14 Morgan Lewis Represents UBM in $972M Purchase of Advanstar Communications
Morgan Lewis advised British communications and events company UBM Plc in connection with its proposed $972 million (£598 million) acquisition of the entire issued and outstanding capital stock of VSS-AHC Consolidated Holdings Corp.(also known as Advanstar Communications), a privately held U.S. trade show organizer.
06/02/14 Morgan Lewis Advises TransForce Subsidiary on Transport America Acquisition
North American transportation and logistics industry leader TransForce Inc. announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransForce has entered into an agreement with private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Incorporated to acquire the entire share capital of its portfolio company, Transport America, Inc., a provider of truckload carriage and logistics services.
05/20/14 Morgan Lewis Advises Varsity Healthcare on Investment in Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin / Forefront Dermatology
Morgan Lewis represented Varsity Healthcare Partners in the transaction.
View all news
Photo of  Karen A. Butcher

honors + affiliations

Member, Board of Directors, International Trademark Association (2009–2012)

Recognized in "IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing IP published by Euromoney's Legal Media Group (Inaugural 2013 edition)

Listed, Expert Guide's World's Leading Women in Business Law (2010–2013)

Listed, "Leading Trademark Practitioner," World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2011–2014) 

Listed, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners (2012)

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

bar admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • New York
print profile

Karen A. Butcher

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5526
Fax: +1.202.739.3001
New York
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10178-0060
United States
Phone: +1.212.309.6194
Fax: +1.212.309.6001

Karen A. Butcher is a partner and a practice group leader in Morgan Lewis's Intellectual Property Practice. Ms. Butcher's practice focuses on business transactions and strategic counseling regarding brands, creative works, and related intellectual property.

Ms. Butcher's IP transactional practice includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution agreements, licensing agreements, strategic alliances, and corporate reorganizations. She regularly advises clients regarding IP ownership and licensing structures, whether in the context of acquisitions, financing arrangements, or business and tax planning. She develops and implements cost-effective strategies for evaluating IP assets to be acquired or divested to maximize value and minimize deficiencies, and she advises clients regarding the integration of acquired assets.

Ms. Butcher's IP counseling experience includes complex contract disputes, including matters involving parallel imports and infringement. She regularly advises clients regarding international brand strategy. Her international experience ranges from developing and implementing cost-effective approaches to multijurisdictional clearance, protection, and enforcement of global brands, to handling the IP aspects of cross-border transactions and licensing arrangements. She has a particular background in the protection of nontraditional brand rights and matters involving the interplay of trademark rights with other forms of protection, such as patents, designs, copyrights, geographical indications, and other concepts.

Ms. Butcher regularly advises clients regarding advertising and marketing strategies, including online sales and the use of social media. She has advised clients regarding claims for false advertising under the U.S. Lanham Act, as well as compliance with U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state consumer protection regulations. She drafts and negotiates innovative arrangements for brand development, marketing, and promotion, including licensing, sponsorship, product placement, brand integration, celebrity spokesperson, merchandising, and cross-promotional agreements, as well as creative services agreements with advertising, branding, promotions, and ideation agencies.

Ms. Butcher regularly presents on intellectual property topics. She moderated a panel on "Global Perspectives on Trade Dress Protection" at the AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting in January 2009 and recently spoke on IP issues in transactions at the Practising Law Institute's "Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company" and at the ABA International Section's Fall 2009 Conference.

Her recent publications include the article "Optimising Brand Value Through Strategic Tax Planning" in Brands in the Boardroom 2007 (supplement to IAM Magazine) and a chapter on cost-effective strategies for addressing IP issues in global advertising/marketing clearance in Inside the Minds: Settlements and Negotiations for Advertising and Marketing Law (Aspatore Books, 2006).

Ms. Butcher is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, and Virginia.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1993, J.D.
  • University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, 1988, B.S. (Marketing)