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Mary Ellen Roy practices in the area of commercial litigation. She represents media and advertising companies in pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, defamation defense, privacy law, courtroom access, public records and open meetings, reporter’s privilege, negligent misrepresentation, and other First Amendment issues. She also handles intellectual property law matters, including copyright and trademark counseling, litigation, registration, prosecution and proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She has experience with various Internet and technology law issues, including domain name disputes in international arbitrations before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), privacy and terms of use policies for websites, and anonymous speech postings.

Ms. Roy’s practice includes representing electric, gas, and water utilities in antitrust and consumer class actions, municipal franchise disputes, expropriation litigation, and regulatory proceedings before the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In addition, she represents corporate clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including bank mergers and acquisitions, franchisor/franchisee disputes, shareholder and securities suits, entertainment law issues, unfair trade practices claims, protection of trade secrets, lender liability, real estate partnerships, arbitration, and general business torts.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 50%
  2. Intellectual Property: 50%

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Phelps Dunbar

Canal Place
365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA, 70130-6534


LAEligible to practice law198407/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
ListedBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
ListedLouisiana Super LawyersN/A
Top Lawyers in New OrleansNew Orleans MagazineN/A
IP StarsManaging Intellectual PropertyN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel SectionMemberN/A
Louisiana Bar FoundationFellowN/A
ABA Communications Law ForumMemberN/A
Louisiana State Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionFormer Chair2003 - 2004
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Intellectual Property Litigation CommitteeMember2002 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice NewsletterThe Clash between the Right of Publicity and the First Amendment2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of Louisiana, LafayetteN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, Mid-Winter InstituteHot Topics in Publicity Litigation2007
Lorman Education Services seminarProcedural Aspects of the Louisiana Public Records Law2006
International Trademark Association RoundtableLitigating Damages in Trademark Infringement Cases2004
CLE seminar-Business Litigation in LouisianaTrade Secrets, Tortious Interference with Contract, and Defamation2003
American Bar Association, Litigation Section Annual ConferenceWho Wants to Be First Chair?2003