Louis J. Levy , Esq.
Richmond, Virginia

Lou has extensive experience advising clients in the areas of trademark, copyright, unfair competition, publicity rights, e-commerce, data privacy, computer security, and online and mobile advertising. In the course of his career, he has represented a broad range of domestic and international clients in the radio, television, software, music, telecommunications, electronics and consumer products industries before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in federal court.

Recent projects include a copyright enforcement project for a well-known medical illustrator, and two copyright clearance projects for documentary films produced by Connecticut Public and independent director Erin McGoff.

He has also successfully prosecuted numerous domain name dispute cases before World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) and National Arbitration Forum panels under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”). Lou has assisted clients to negotiate a wide range of licenses and agreements, including trademark licenses, online and wireless content distribution agreements, and agreements with online advertising, text messaging, and other service providers. He has also negotiated software distribution and resale agreements, television program production joint venture agreements, and numerous trademark and copyright licenses.

Lou is also a trained mediator. Until 2018, he served as Chairman of the International Trademark Association’s Trademark Mediators Network (formerly the Panel of Neutrals), an international panel comprised of trained mediators. He also served as a volunteer and then contract mediator for the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, where he mediated multiple whistleblower disputes.  He also serves on a volunteer basis for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County (MD) and the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (Maryland), and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

Before joining Belles Katz, Lou was a partner with Lerman Senter, PLLC, specializing in trademark, copyright, privacy, and e-commerce issues, with a particular focus on the broadcast media industry. Prior to joining Lerman Senter, he was an associate with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in the firm’s Tokyo and Washington, D.C. offices. While in Tokyo, Mr. Levy also served as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Tokyo campus, where he co-taught a course in comparative intellectual property law.

Lou is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations, the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, and past president of the D.C. Computer Law Forum.

Lou graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law, receiving his J. D. in 1995. He also completed a master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University in 1987 and a Master’s in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto in 1979. He received a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Northwestern University in 1978.


  • American University’s Washington College of Law, 1995. J. D.
  • Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, 1987
  • Master’s in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto, 1979
  • B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Northwestern University, 1978
  • District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Bar Association

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