Jamie N. Nafziger

Jamie N. Nafziger




For over twenty years, Jamie has helped clients grow their businesses by developing stellar brands, advertising their products and services, and launching cutting-edge online services and mobile apps. 

Jamie is Chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Social Media Practice Group. A technology lover, Jamie guides clients through complex and ever-changing privacy laws and internet regulations. She has been helping clients comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in terms of external policies/agreements, internal processes, and responding to data subject requests. She has extensive experience advising on website and mobile app terms of use and privacy policies and licensing agreements having drafted over 100 sets of website and mobile app policies. She also helps clients comply with email and text messaging laws and regulations and deal with internet fraud. She has an interest in facial recognition, other biometrics, and new forms of identification and authentication and the privacy issues arising from them.

As part of the firm's top-ranked trademark team, Jamie helps clients develop branding strategies and acquire and enforce U.S. and international rights in trademarks and copyrights. Jamie has prosecuted over 100 trademark oppositions with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has deep experience with domain names, successfully assisted several clients with applications to run .brand generic top level domain names, and is assisting several domain name registry operators with contracts, policy development, and compliance with ICANN rules. Jamie also develops defensive domain name strategies and handles domain name disputes.

Jamie is a frequent author and national lecturer on privacy, mobile apps, trademark law, internet law, social networking, and domain names. She has served several terms on the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association and is past Chair of the Computer and Technology Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. 

Jamie is a contributor to Dorsey’s critically-acclaimed IP Blog, TheTMCA.com, which focuses on legal developments in the world of TradeMarks, Copyrights, and Advertising. TheTMCA.com was named one of the “Top 50” law blogs by the ABA Journal in 2018.

Education & Admissions

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) (J.D., 1997), Prosser Prize, Advanced Legal Research; Prosser Prize, Copyright and Unfair Competition

Northwestern University School of Law (1994)

Stanford University (B.A., 1991)


  • Minnesota


Representative Litigation

  • Successfully resolved worldwide trademark dispute between two sporting good companies including developing strategy to gain leverage in trademark oppositions in multiple countries
  • Rocket Trademarks Pty Ltd. v. Coolibar, Inc. (successfully defended client's trademark applications against oppositions in Australia and Canada; awarded attorney's fees in Australia)
  • Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive LLC v. Webactive GmbH (successfully opposed infringing trademark application in Germany)
  • Northwest Airlines v. PWI, Inc. (successfully prosecuted Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy proceeding to obtain domain name from cybersquatter)
  • In re Supervalu Inc. (successfully obtained reversal of refusal of trademark applications at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board)
  • Prairie Winds Energy, Inc. v. East River Electric Power Cooperative (successfully settled opposition against client's trademark applications)
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage v. Silverlink (obtained transfer of infringing Internet domain name through negotiation)
  • Successfully obtained removal of infringing games and developer page from online gaming site
  • Successfully removed explicit photos of client from blogs while shielding client's identity
  • Kepner Tregoe, Inc. v. Executive Development, Inc. (D.N.J.) (assisted in winning summary judgment for defendant in copyright infringement case)

Representative Transactions

  • Draft community guidelines and other agreements for use with mobile applications
  • Counsel clients on drone laws and draft policies regarding commercial use of drones (UAS) in connection with precision agriculture software platforms
  • Draft terms of use and privacy policy for education technology provider, including advising on COPPA compliance
  • Assist with website policies and regulatory compliance for company in bitcoin industry
  • Manage trademark portfolio and enforce trademarks for organic food company
  • Assisted three clients in sucessfully applying for new generic top level domain names (gTLDs) with ICANN
  • Counsel clients on defensive planning for launch of new gTLD system in 2013 including serving as Trademark Agent in Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH)
  • Assist Fortune 100 insurance company with internal social networking policy
  • Draft complex terms of use for website active in 21 countries with significant user-generated content issues
  • Draft browse wrap and click wrap agreements in connection with clients’ websites
  • Draft social media agency agreement
  • Manage trademark portfolio and enforce trademarks for medical device company
  • Manage trademark portfolio for software company in energy management and carbon tracking industry
  • Manage trademark portfolio for airline client with hundreds of marks worldwide
  • Advise online publishing company on complex copyright issues
  • Counsel clients on developing social networking and blogging best practices plans, policies for employees, and website disclaimers
  • Counsel clients on complying with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Help clients gain protections available under Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Counsel clients and assist with drafting rules for sweepstakes and contests on Facebook
  • Negotiate publishing agreement and ancillary agreements for autobiography of U.S. public figure
  • Draft product development and manufacturing agreement
  • Managed trademark portfolio, enforced trademarks and developed licensing strategy for livestock feed company
  • Manage trademark portfolio and domain name portfolio and enforce trademarks for medical services company
  • Successfully obtained transfer of infringing domain names to clients in over 40 different matters
  • Conducted due diligence on intellectual property-related issues on acquisition of multiple food companies
  • Help client remove infringing logo from Twitter
  • Help various app developers design online advertising platforms and draft user rules in compliance with FTC endorsement guidelines
  • Manage trademark portfolio for information services client with marks in 38 countries, including giving strategic advice on brand development, clearance searching, preparing applications, monitoring and enforcing marks against others
  • Negotiate and draft numerous intellectual property-related agreements for education client
  • Help client get offensive video removed from YouTube
  • Register restricted and unrestricted country code domain names in 50 countries for information services client
  • Counsel client on trademark aspects of four-company merger and name for continuing company
  • Handled over 100 trademark oppositions at the U.S. Trademark Trial of Appeal Board (TTAB) and international opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Manage trademark portfolio of famous artist
  • Successfully resolve false advertising claim
  • Assisted National Cooperative Business Association in preparing successful proposal to ICANN to be sponsor of new generic top level domain (TLD) registry for .coop.
  • Represent fifteen non-profits in their trademark and copyright matters on a pro bono basis
  • Counsel, obtain clearance searches for, and register trademarks for European Internet-based client in 29 countries
  • Register toy company's trademarks with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Negotiate purchases and transfers of domain names

News & Resources


Three More California Privacy Bills Become Law: CPPA Rulemaking Responsibility, Genetic Data Breaches, and New Genetic Information Privacy Act
Mysteries Solved! California Attorney General Reveals CCPA First-Year Enforcement and Launches Consumer Complaint Tool
The Labyrinth Expands: Virginia Passes New Privacy Law with Additional Obligations for Businesses
Deepfakes, Fake News & Viral Hoaxes: How Good Domain Name Practices Can Help Prevent Truth Decay
Persistent Uncertainty: CCPA and CPRA Continue to Muddy California Privacy Landscape
Ain’t No QSA 4 CCPA
California Attorney General Issues Draft Regulations for CCPA
Breathing Room? California Legislature Passes Two Major Amendments to California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
Time to Face the .MUSIC
Nevada’s New Privacy Law – Beating California in the Backstretch
As CCPA Effective Date Draws Nearer, Hearings Highlight Potentially Increased Liability Risks
Jail Time for Executives? Federal Privacy Proposals Have Teeth
Will California’s New Privacy Law be Preempted? Federal Hearings and Public Comments Begin
Will California’s New Privacy Law be Preempted? Federal Hearings and Public Comments Begin
There’s an App for That; Now There’s .APP for That Too
What’s up with WHOIS? The GDPR May Limit or Prevent Access to Domain Name Registration Information
To Shoot or Not to Shoot? The Legality of Downing a Drone
"To Shoot or Not to Shoot? The Legality of Downing a Drone," Nebraska Cattleman Magazine (Page 28-30)
Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger's Select Presentations
Q&A: Drone Attorney Jamie Nafziger
"Legal Issues Regarding Data Collected by Drones," Nebraska Cattleman Magazine
Release the Drones: New Small UAS Regulations Now in Effect in the U.S.
Organic Internet Growth: New .ORGANIC Domain Names Launch
New York’s Proposed Regulation of Bitcoin Businesses - Polishing Up or Polishing Off?
Ten Legal Practice Tips: Developing and Distributing Apps

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger Comments on Privacy Legislation Race
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Ranked in World Trademark Review 1000
Five Dorsey Partners Named to BTI 2020 Client Service All-Stars
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Ranked in World Trademark Review 1000
Dorsey & Whitney Launches California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Compliance Screening and Assessment Tools
Dorsey & Whitney Announces California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Compliance Services Suite
Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger Comments on AI Executive Order
Dorsey Adds Elizabeth Snyder to Cybersecurity, Privacy, Social Media and National Security Law Teams in Minneapolis
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers and Practice Ranked in World Trademark Review
Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger Discusses Private Property and Drones
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers and Practice Ranked in World Trademark Review
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Honored in World Trademark Review 2017
Dorsey Nationally Ranked and Named Trademark Law Firm of the Year by "U.S. News – Best Lawyers" Best Law Firms
Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger Comments on New Drone Rules
Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger Talks About Drones Replacing Aircraft
Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger Comments on FAA Drone Rules and Agriculture
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Honored in World Trademark Review
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Honored in World Trademark Review
Dorsey Congratulates Sandra Edelman, Jamie Nafziger and Lisa Osman on Being Named to the IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP
Dorsey Named One of Top Trademark Firms
Dorsey Partners Melissa Krasnow and Jamie Nafziger Provide Legal Perspectives on Negative Online Reviews
Dorsey’s Trademark Lawyers Honored by World Trademark Review
Dorsey Partner Jamie Nafziger Provides Trademark Advice in Finance & Commerce
Dorsey Partners Jamie Nafziger and Greg Pulles Discuss New Online Communication Rules for Financial Institutions in Compliance Week
Dorsey Ranked Highly in World Trademark Review Survey

Events & Speaking Engagements

2021 Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security
How can domain name owners protect themselves from scammers?
Treating Digital Truth Decay Webinar
Webinar Playback: The Ascendancy of Online Everything: How Canadian Companies Can Reduce Legal Risks Regarding U.S. Website Users
Digital Heroes or Totalitarian Tech? Hot Topics in COVID-19 Data Privacy
2020 Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy and Data Security
The 2019 Technology Law Institute
Seminar Playback: Privacy Titans: Enter the CCPA
Privacy Titans: Enter the CCPA
"Privacy Mania - Update on Federal and State Privacy Legislative Efforts and the Intense Compliance Cost for Business," Presenter, MSBA Roundtable

Industries & Practices

Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Blockchain & Digital Assets
  • Cooperative Law
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Technology
  • Technology Commerce
  • Trademark, Copyright & Advertising

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Planning Committee, Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security (2018-2022)
  • Planning Committee, Technology Law Institute (numerous years including 2021)
  • Chair, Advising Businesses That Sell Goods or Services Online, Minnesota CLE Course (March 2016)
  • Chair, Computer & Technology Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association (2013-2014); Vice Chair, (2012-2013); Treasurer, (2011-2012); Secretary (2010-2011)
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (current)
  • Member, International Trademark Association, Internet Committee (2016-2018)
  • Member, International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee (2014-2015)
  • Member, International Trademark Association, Internet Committee (Web 2.0 Working Group) (2010-2013)
  • Communications Committee Co-Chair, Minnesota Women Lawyers (2011-2013); Leadership Committee (2008-2009); Technology Committee (2009-2010); Communications Committee (2010-2011)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Works Engineering Museum (2010-2016); Vice Chair and Secretary, Development Committee, Capital Campaign Steering Committee, and Governance Committee
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Minnesota Law School, Privacy Law (2013-2014)
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly (2013-2014); Member, Elections/Appointments Committee
  • Guest Lecturer, William Mitchell College of Law, Intellectual Property Law Clinic (2010-2011)
  • Volunteer Recruiter for Minnesota, Election Protection, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (2008), recruited over 250 attorneys and law students
  • Director, Board of Directors, Minnesota Justice Foundation (1999-2003); Member, Strategic Planning Committee (2001-2002); Chair, Development Committee (2002-2003)


BTI Client Service All-Stars 2020

  • Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Attorneys, 2020
  • Listed in "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property, 2014
  • Recognized as a Leading Practitioner in World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2013 - 2021

Lexology Legal Writing Awards Winner 2010

  • Author of the Year - E-commerce USA, Lexology (Association of Corporate Counsel), 2010

North Star Lawyer logo

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012 and 2014
  • Pro Bono Scales of Justice Awards, 2009; 2012
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2005; 2011
Jamie N. Nafziger