Diane G. Elder

Special Counsel


Diane G. Elder is special counsel and an intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Diane focuses in the law of trademarks, unfair competition, advertising and marketing, deceptive trade practices, and copyright. She regularly counsels clients regarding a wide array of both domestic and foreign intellectual property matters, including trademark availability and registration, licensing, advertising clearance, copyright protection, trade secret protection, and the purchase and sale of intellectual property.

Diane is a member of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Practice as well as the Food & Beverage Industry Team. Diane has deep experience in intellectual property matters throughout the world, having handled intellectual property enforcement matters in more than 90 jurisdictions, including over 600 trademark and trade dress infringement matters in China. Diane has also handled Spanish and Portuguese language advertising clearance throughout Latin America. She has extensive experience before federal courts and administration agencies, including the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and the Copyright Office.

Prior to joining Foley, Diane was a partner with Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newberry, Hilliard & Geraldson and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon.


  • The Law Center at the University of Southern California (J.D., 1983)
  • University of California Berkeley (A.B., anthropology, 1980)

Admissions and Professional Memberships

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California State Bar Association


Diane is fluent in Spanish.