Julie Nichols Matthews

Julie Nichols Matthews is an accomplished attorney and trusted business advisor with experience in strategic intellectual property counseling, business transactions, and marketing and advertising compliance. Julie advises clients in a range of industries, including consumer products, technology, manufacturing, food and beverage, travel, media and entertainment, and agribusiness.

For over 20 years Julie has represented clients on intellectual property protection matters and business disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, rights of publicity, privacy, false advertising, domain names and unfair competition. 

Julie advises clients on the selection, clearance and registration of new brands, handles oppositions and cancellations in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and manages global trademark and IP portfolios. She regularly counsels on copyright issues, website and advertising compliance, social media best practices, product labeling and packaging issues, website Terms of Use and Privacy Policies and consumer protection laws and regulations. 

Julie also handles IP due diligence matters for transactions and drafts commercial agreements such as assignments, licenses, distribution agreements, consulting agreements, non-disclosure agreements, merchandising agreements, publicity releases, purchase and sale agreements. 

She was recognized by World Trademark Review in 2015 as a leading practitioner in the trademark field. 


  • Speaker, New Data Protection Regulations, Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association Conference, March 27, 2019
  • Speaker, "Nuts and Bolts of Copyrights," Financial Poise Webinar (April 2018)
  • Speaker, “Advertising and Marketing Law 101,” CLE for the American Dental Association (January 2017)
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Soft IP,” Internal Presentation for PIB Law (April 2016)
  • Panelist, “Nuts and Bolts of Copyrights,” Financial Poise Webinar (December 2015)
  • Panelist, “Choosing and Protecting Your Brand,” Financial Poise Webinar (May 2015)
  • Panelist, “Trade Secrets and Confidentiality,” Financial Poise Webinar (October 2014)
  • Speaker, “3D Printing: New Frontiers for Intellectual Property,” Chicago Bar Association (December 2013)
  • Speaker, "Trademarks for Startups" Strategies for Success," Entrepreneurs Unplugged Start Up Law Summit (March 2013)
  • Speaker, “Using Online and Mobile for Branding, Distribution, Selling and Promotion,” Edwards Wildman Digital Salon (November 2012)
  • Speaker, “10 Ways to Advertise and Sell in the Internet Age and Stay on the Right Side of the Law,” Edwards Wildman webinar (October 2010)
  • Speaker, “Hot and Emerging Legal Issues,” in-house clinic for Mattel, Inc. Legal Department, El Segundo, CA (August 2008)
  • Speaker, “Trademark and Advertising Law,” in-house clinic for 7-Eleven, Inc. Legal Department and Area Managers, Dallas, TX (June 2004)
  • Speaker, “International Intellectual Property Protection,” in-house clinic for 7-Eleven, Inc. Legal Department and Area Managers, Dallas, TX (October 2002)


  • Author, "Spotlight on 3D Printing: Intellectual Property," Intellectual Property Strategist (October 2013)
  • Co-Author, "Social Media in the Digital Millennium," ABA's Landslide (May 2013)
  • Co-Author, "A Delight for the Senses: Identifying and Protecting Non-Traditional Marks," World Trademark Review (April/May 2013)
  • Author, “Revised ‘Green Guides’ for Environmentally Friendly Marketing Claims Released by FTC,” Edwards Wildman Client Advisory (October 2012)
  • Author, “Federal Trade Commission ‘Rocks’ Social Gaming Site Operator for FTC Act and COPPA Violations,” Edwards Wildman DigiLaw Blog (March 2012)
  • Co-Author, “Makers of Four Loco Malt Beverage Banned from Deceptively Advertising Alcohol Content,” Edwards Wildman DigiLaw Blog (October 2011)
  • Co-Author, “Protecting Your Brand from “.XXX-ploitation,” Edwards Wildman Client Advisory (September 2011)
  • Co-Author, “What’s Next: ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domain Program,” Edwards Wildman Client Advisory (June 2011) 
  • Author, “Contemplating a Charitable Sales Promotion? Think Before You Solicit,” FindLaw Corporate Counsel Center, Consumer Products Industry Center (November 2003)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Emerging Issues Committee, 2018-2020


  • Recognition as a leading trademark practitioner by World Trademark Review (2015)
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  • Chicago

    155 North Wacker Drive
    Suite 3000
    Chicago, IL 60606-1787
F: 312.920.3301

Court Memberships

  • Illinois 
  • United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois 
  • Supreme Court of the United States


The John Marshall Law School, LL.M., Intellectual Property, with Honors, 1997

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1994

Duke University, B.A., Political Science, 1991