Diane G. Elder

Special Counsel


Diane G. Elder is special counsel and an intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She counsels clients regarding a wide array of domestic and foreign intellectual property matters, including trademark availability, licensing, advertising copy clearance, copyright protection, trade secret protection, and purchase and sale of intellectual property. Ms. Elder is a member of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Practice.

Ms. Elder has experience in intellectual property matters in Latin America, including Spanish advertising clearance. She also has extensive experience before federal courts and administration agencies, including the United States Patent & Trademark Office and the Copyright Office.

Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Elder was a partner with Wildman Harrold.


Ms. Elder received her law degree from The Law Center at the University of Southern California (J.D., 1983). She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California Berkeley (A.B., 1980).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Ms. Elder is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the United States Supreme Court; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits.

Ms. Elder is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the California State Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, and the Copyright Law Society.


Ms. Elder is fluent in Spanish.

Representative Matters

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Served as outside general counsel to Chicago Public Media, the Chicago Public Radio station. Provided advice and counsel regarding employment and media issues and oversaw legal services regarding intellectual property, real estate and technology issues. Foley also represents WNYC, the New York Public Radio station.