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Barbara I. Berschler

Business Attorney at Rockville, MD

5.0   9 reviews

also known as IP BerschlerLaw

  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 39 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 44 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 47 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1979
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1976
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Barbara

Learn Barbara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Services cover the full range of issues business owners may encounter from start up through sale. Setting up entities such as corporations and LLCs, corporate management issues.

    43 years

  2. Copyright application
    Trademark/service mark registration and protection, copyright registration and protection, licensing agreements for use of intellectual property, trade secret protection, confidentiality agreements.

    21 years

  3. Trademark application
    Trademark/service mark registration and protection, copyright registration and protection, licensing agreements for use of intellectual property, trade secret protection, confidentiality agreements.

    21 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    When I draft/review agreements and licenses, I seek clarity. Pinning down the major details and definitions for terms use in the contract is critical to avoid future misunderstandings which can prove costly.

    43 years

     I have been advising business clients since 1985 in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  My practice areas  are general business and intellectual property. 

     I can advise you about and/or prepare many kinds of contracts such as: operating and shareholder agreements, sale of business agreements, licenses, commercial leases, franchise agreements, confidentiality agreements, independent contractor agreements.  I can help you to reach important business decisions by offering an objective perspective and years of experience.

     In the intellectual property area, I can work with you on the creation and protection of your valuable assets.  Whether the subject matter concerns copyright or trademark registration, license negotiations, publishing agreements, or website and software protection, I am going to listen to your concerns and work to accomplish your objectives.

     Additonally, I offer Registered Agent services for entities in the State of Maryland.

     The bottom line is that I enjoy working with each of my clients to solve their legal issues and to help their businesses thrive.


Law Office of Barbara I. Berschler
11140 Rockville Pike
Suite 400
Rockville, MD, 20852

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Posted by David | April 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Barbara came recommended after inexperienced council attempted to handle my intellectual property case. With tight deadlines and negotiations to be made, Barbara's experience, knowledge and efficiency provided a favorable outcome on my behalf. I highly recommend the Law Office of Barbara Berschler.
Posted by Roberta | May 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
My Small Biz Attorney for 30 Years
Barbara gtew up in a small buz household. She knows the ins and outs, ups and downs. She has decisive advice based on years of experience. She brings issues to your attention that you would not have otherwise consider. I trust her completely.
Posted by David | February 12, 2015
Excellent Support in making Franchise Purchase Decision
Barbara helped me to review my Franchise Disclosure Document and accompanying Franchise Agreement for a Franchise I am acquiring. She was most professional and knowledgeable of the issues I should be aware of and planning for. Barbara has a great understanding of issues you should focus on as a Franchisee and how to approach with the Franchisor. I appreciated her directness as well as her willingness to make introductions to trusted service providers who could facilitate startup of a new business. I look forward to continuing to work with Barbara on other issues that may arise relative to my new business.
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Posted by Becky | January 28, 2015
Thorough counsel for intellectual property
Barbara is extremely thorough and patient. She takes the time to listen to your questions and responds efficiently, with succinct and knowledgeable information.
Posted by Jen | January 10, 2015
Counseled by Barbara in a franchise purchase decision
Barbara is helping me in the purchase of a franchise. She is very pointed, responsive and accessible. She tells you what you need to hear and know, not what you want to hear. She is very timely in her responses, and sensitive to the needs of small businesses, including sole proprietors. She provides excellent counsel, and I recommend her highly.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2011
Active and Knowledgeable
Barbara is extremely knowledgeable. We have worked together for several years. She is also active in the business community, I see her at events all the time and she speaks at seminars and classes. Barbara has a thorough understanding of the law and her field.
Posted by Lisa | October 10, 2011
Great Attorney for Intellectual Property & Small Biz Work
Barbara and I met in 2009 at a local Chamber event and discovered we both had alot in common, not the least of which was the desire to serve small businesses in their efforts to take care of the legal and marketing/PR aspects of their companies. I found Barbara to be extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and focused, and she is tireless in her outreach to the small business community, giving many seminars and presentations totally free of charge. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a good all purpose business attorney, although she is especially knowledgeable in intellectual property matters.
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Posted by Michelle | May 27, 2011
Good with new small business clients
Barbara provided consultation for us in setting up our new small business. Her expertise with trademark and copyright law was particularly helpful and she was also able to recommend an excellent accountant.
Posted by Ayesha | April 13, 2011
Incredible Resident Agent for Maryland
Barbara is an extremely knowledgeable, resourceful, and best-in-class attorney. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for legal advice in the areas that she practices. She stays on top of the task until it is completed to your satisfaction and will keep you informed throughout the process. You can't go wrong with her.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Barbara I. Berschler
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Press & Dozier, LLC
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Of Counsel
  • Ammerman & Goldberg Bankruptcy Law Office
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Of Counsel
  • Kaufmann & Associates
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.
  • 1985 - 1986
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  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2003
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Intellectual Property Contract Matter
  • Company appears to be willing to adopt the clearer description as to who will own what of the IP.


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • MD Governor's Commission on Small Business
  • Commission Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Montgomery County Sign Review Board
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Rockville Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Rockville, Maryland Sesquicentennial Citizens Task Force
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • District of Columbia Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - 2017
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Honors and Awards

  • Brinks Hofer Gilson Award in Intellectual Property
  • Washington College of Law
  • 2003


  • Smart Business Ideas
  • What Are You Doing to Protect Your Trade Secrets?
  • 2008
  • Smart Business Ideas
  • Who Owns Your Intellectual Property?
  • 2007
  • Legal Times, IP Supplement
  • Deal on Distance Learning Still Faces Pro-License Pressures
  • 2004
  • Magazine of the Greater Washington Society of Assoc. Executives
  • Patience and Careful Eye Needed in Negotiating Office Space
  • 1996
  • Newletter of the Maryland Retail Merchants Association
  • Don't Let Your Franchise Agreement and Lease Conflict
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal issues in Franchising
  • Franchising
  • 2014
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property, What the Business Owner Needs to Know
  • 2014
  • Rockville Economic Development, Inc.
  • Intellectual Property Basics for Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secrets
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (10)
Endorse Barbara
Business Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent, very smart attorney. Ms. Berschler demonstrates the insight to see the solution to a legal problem, and the talent to turn that insight into legal advice that her clients can use right away. I happily endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Berschler offers excellent legal insights and is an asset to this community. Without reservation, I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of Ms. Berschler's answers and have found them to be consistently accurate and helpful. She is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney."
Business Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Berschler are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Berschler is competent and knowledgeable in her areas of practice."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Berschler has showed a thorough expertise in IP law through her answers to questions on this site."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Barbara Berschler. I have known her for over a decade, and have consulted with her when I have had legal questions that I could not answer that involved her areas of expertise. I have found Ms Berschler to be consistently knowledgeable, insightful and very professional. I endorse her without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney has great determination and drive. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Berschler is an outstanding attorney. I highly recommend her legal services."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have referred several clients to Barbara for intellectual property work and she handled their matters capably, successfully and timely."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've interacted with Barbara on several occasions and find her to be a great resource and a sharp mind on IP issues."
Business Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She says it as it is, and gets right to the punch. Barbara will frankly explain the situtation and won't dwell on meaningless details."
Business Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Barbara is an excellent lawyer. She is very careful, diligent and analytical. Barbara tries her utmost to solve her clients' problems and will seek the advice of other experienced lawyers if and when necessary. She does not shoot from the hip and is loyal to her clients. I recommend her highly."
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