• University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. Communication, English (2011)
  • DePaul University, J.D., Certificate in Intellectual Property (2015) cum Laude


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Emily Kappers


Emily Kappers is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She represents national and international companies in trademark counseling and litigation matters. Her practice covers trademark, trade dress, false advertising, copyright, and unfair competition.

Emily advises clients on the clearance, prosecution, and enforcement of global trademark portfolios. She also advises on trademark protection in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions, including China and the European Union. For each client, Emily develops a deep understanding of their offerings, with a focus on understanding her clients’ current and future business goals and target markets. She uses this knowledge to create tailored prosecution and enforcement strategies that secure and build clients’ brands.

Emily’s litigation practice focuses on Lanham Act disputes. Recent matters include nationwide federal district court cases in the technology, electrical, and hospitality industries. In these and similar matters, Emily pulls from her extensive counseling experience to provide trademark strategy and insight. Her experience also includes representing clients in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board oppositions and cancellation actions and handling domain name disputes under the Uniform Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Outside of the office, Emily is an active member of Chicago’s legal and civic communities. Emily serves on the executive board of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court as the CLE chair. Additionally, she chairs committees for Chicago Women in Intellectual Property (ChiWIP), which aims to connect women in the field of intellectual property law. A former violinist, Emily serves on the executive board of Ravinia Associates, an organization that provides underserved Chicago communities access to music and music education and supports the next generation of classical musicians.


  • Best Lawyers: Women in Law "Ones to Watch" for IP, 2022
  • Best Lawyers: Rising Star, 2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyers: Rising Stars, 2019 – 2021
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars: Illinois Rising Star, 2020 – 2021


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee
  • Chicago Women in IP, Chair of the Annual Dinner Committee
  • Ravinia Associates Board, Sponsorship Chair and Executive Board Member

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August 18, 2022 The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Recognizes 54 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year
August 19, 2021 The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Recognizes 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, One Selected as Lawyer of the Year