Matthew D. Witsman



Matthew D. Witsman is an associate and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Chicago office, where he is a member of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Counseling Practice.

Matt advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law including trademark and copyright prosecution, enforcement and portfolio management. Matt also advises clients on technology and IP licensing agreements, and has litigation experience through his work on federal district court cases and trademark disputes.

Before joining Foley, Matt worked as a trademark associate at a law firm in Chicago that focused in trademark law. He represented companies in trademark, trade dress domain name and copyright matters across a wide range of industries including the global financial services, travel, technology, golf and medical industries.

Previously, Matt was a judicial extern in the United States District Court for the Central District for the Honorable Sue E. Myerscough. Additionally, Matt served as a legal intern in the Department of Athletics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. While there, Matt generated strategies to foster the growth of the University’s brand identity worldwide.


  • Notre Dame Law School, (J.D., 2017)
    • Managing senior articles editor, Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law (2016 – 2017)
    • Notre Dame Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (Fall 2016)
    • Notre Dame Summer Intellectual Property Programme in London (July 2015)
  • University of Dayton (B.A., magna cum laude, 2014)
    • Major in Psychology
    • Minor in English, Pre-Law Concentration


  • Member, Illinois Bar Association
  • Member, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Volunteer, International Trademark Association – Pro Bono Clearinghouse
  • Member, Notre Dame Club of Chicago


  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois