Biography

Jennifer Hoekel, recognized as IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America, represents Fortune 50 and 500 companies in lawsuits around the country. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex patent, trademark, advertising, copyright and other commercial matters in both state and federal courts.

Jennifer stands out among IP practitioners because she has tried many cases to verdict from Missouri to Virginia and has been lead trial counsel in cases filed in over a dozen states. She has also handled a number of Federal Circuit appeals and is experienced in both Inter Partes Review patent proceedings, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board oppositions and cancellations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Jennifer also regularly advises clients on issues of claim substantiation and advertising practices. 

Education

  • Washington University School of Law  (J.D., 1996)
    • Washington University Law Quarterly (Articles Editor)
  • Truman State University  (B.S., Dean's List)
    • Biology
    • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
    • Full Tuition Presidential Scholarship
    • Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1996
  • Nevada, 2012
  • Illinois, 1997
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Professional Activities

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Federal Bar Association

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • Webster Groves School District Foundation (Past Vice President)
  • Webster Child Care Center (Past Board of Directors; Chair, Annual Auction)
  • Armstrong Teasdale United Way Campaign (Chair, 2012)

Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent (2014-present); Lawyer of the Year, Litigation—Intellectual Property (2015)
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® (2010-present); Super Lawyers®, Business Edition (2011-2014); Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Women Missouri & Kansas (2011-present)
  • Named "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2010)
  • St. Louis Business Journal "40 Under 40" (2008)
  • AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Background

Before joining the firm, Jennifer was in private practice at a boutique intellectual property firm. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk for Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ann K. Covington and then worked for several years in Armstrong Teasdale’s litigation department trying cases in state and federal court.