Kaleb McNeely

Kaleb McNeely



As a partner in the Trial Group, Kaleb practices primarily in the areas of intellectual property and commercial litigation, representing clients in a variety of contractual and tort-related disputes.

Kaleb’s litigation experience includes trademark, securities, bankruptcy, antitrust, corporate governance, and patent matters. He has litigated cases in federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions, as well as before the International Trade Commission. Kaleb also advises clients on consumer warranty issues.

Kaleb is an editor and frequent contributor to Dorsey’s critically-acclaimed IP Blog, TheTMCA.com, which focuses on legal developments in the world of Trademarks, Copyrights, and Advertising.

Education & Admissions

Columbia Law School (J.D.), Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Thomas Aquinas College (B.A., Liberal Arts)


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • Japanese (proficient)


Representative Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal of securities class action brought against clean energy company and its CEO in the Southern District of New York.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for multinational toy manufacturer in multi-district trademark litigation.
  • Represented multinational card brand in multiple TTAB trademark cancellation proceedings.
  • Represented nutritional supplements company in trademark action.
  • Defended housewares distributor in patent infringement action.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for resort owner in its action for breach of fiduciary duty against a hotel management company. Represented same client as special litigation counsel in related bankruptcy proceedings before U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii.
  • Defended financial services institution in adversary proceeding before U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
  • Represented corporate defendant in multiple antitrust class action suits. Obtained dismissal of two actions in the Northern District of Illinois and one action in the District of New Jersey. In addition, prevailed on appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented multinational footwear manufacturer in trademark infringement action in the Southern District of New York and related state court breach of contract action.
  • Achieved favorable settlement for corporate client and its officers in a shareholder action in Delaware Chancery Court for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties related to a merger worth nearly $1 billion. Represented same client in an appraisal action arising out of that merger.
  • Represented multinational corporate client in defending against complex, multi-party environmental claims in various domestic and foreign jurisdictions.
  • Defended high-tech manufacturer in multi-district patent infringement action (International Trade Commission and multiple district courts) and procured favorable global settlement of matter.
  • Achieved favorable settlement for water filtration distributor in multi-million dollar litigation with manufacturer.

News & Resources


Trader Joe’s Labor Union Bags a Victory in Trademark Dispute
Not Human Enough – District Court Rejects Copyright For AI Artwork
Gruyere: Delicious Cheese But Generic Term
Copyrights, Metadata, and the “Double-Scienter Requirement” in the Eleventh Circuit
To Err is Human: Supreme Court Holds That Mistakes of Law in Copyright Applications Fall Under Safe Harbor
Hockey League Skates To Summary Judgment Win Over Gulls
E-Commerce and Trademark Infringement: OSU Wins a Battle at the Sixth Circuit
Bong Maker Avoids Having to Cough Up Attorney’s Fees
Equitable Estoppel Defense Denies Lego Full Victory in Copyright Case
Twombly at the TTAB – Abandonment Allegations Found Sufficient
“No beer flow” – NHL sues seller of Stanley Cup-themed beer cups for trademark infringement
Major Companies Receive FTC Warranty Warnings
Vegas Hockey Team Faces Off Against The U.S. Army Over Trademark Dispute
"Plausibility in the Eye of the Beholder: Circuits Address How to Read Twombly," American Bar Association Antitrust Magazine
Much Ado About Shoe Designs – Favorable Rulings for Adidas on Summary Judgment in Skechers Trademark Dispute
Eleventh Circuit: Arbitration Clauses Are Like Makeup – They Only Cover So Much
LVL XIII and Louis Vuitton Go Toe-To-Toe Over Toe Plates
Unwanted Baggage: Asset Acquisition and Successor Liability
Louis Vuitton and My Other Bag – Do You Get The Joke?
Superman, Superdad, and the Limits of a Trademark Parody Defense
Recent Changes to the Law Governing Qualified Written Requests, Consumer Financial Services Blog

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Kaleb McNeely Comments on Luxury Bag Trademark Question
Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Dorsey Lawyers in New York
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Lawyers in New York
Dorsey & Whitney Names New Partners
Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Dorsey Lawyers in New York
Super Lawyers Recognizes 19 Dorsey Lawyers in New York

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Technology
  • Trademark, Copyright + Advertising


Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2021
  • Listed as a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers, 2018-2021
Kaleb McNeely