Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • J.D., cum laude, William & Mary School of Law, 2015
  • B.A., Harvard University, 2011


  • Spanish
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Claire M. Wheeler


Claire M. Wheeler is a member of Venable's Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Her practice encompasses assisting clients with many forms of intellectual property litigation, with a focus on trademark enforcement, copyright disputes, design patents, and false advertising issues. Claire has repeatedly helped brand owners, particularly in the fashion and luxury goods industries, recover substantial damages through anti-counterfeiting and brand protection enforcement campaigns, leading to the takedown, destruction, and/or elimination of numerous counterfeited or infringing products. Claire regularly works with clients to develop intellectual property strategies to effectively establish their brands worldwide and to prevent brand dilution.

Claire counsels clients concerning intellectual property licensing, dealing with trademarks, copyrights, and patents. She has also assisted clients with the review of publishing agreements and in clearing publications prior to launch.

Claire enjoys serving clients pro bono. She represents inmates on death row in Florida state prisons regarding specific solitary confinement issues. Claire has also represented individuals in need of SSI and SSDI benefits.

Claire received her J.D. from William and Mary Law School. While in law school, she was a judicial intern for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Claire was also selected to join the William & Mary Appellate & Supreme Court Clinic, where she co-wrote briefs in the 4th, 9th, and 11th Circuits.

Claire earned her B.A. from Harvard University, where she concentrated in Government, with a secondary concentration in Psychology, and a citation in Spanish. Claire was a member of the Harvard Women's Division I Basketball Team, where she had the privilege of serving as a captain.

Significant Matters

  • Pursuing copyright infringement claims of architectural works on behalf of an architect and design firm (D. Md)
  • Assisting with the creation and management of trade dress, design patent, and copyright enforcement campaigns for multiple clients selling luxury goods
  • Defending medical supply company against claims of patent infringement (MDGA and Federal Circuit)
  • Pursuing and defending false advertising claims between two industry-leading competitors selling consumer products (D. Mass. and N.D. Ill.)