Stephanie M. Semler


Stephanie Semler provides advice and representation to individuals and businesses seeking trademark or copyright protection. Stephanie counsels clients from the initial evaluation of the viability of trademark requests through each stage of preparing and filing applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). Her breadth of experience includes managing and litigating intellectual property disputes, evaluating evidence in infringement and dilution cases, and preparing and filing briefs, motions, and other judicial pleadings. In addition to USPTO and USCO, Stephanie has practiced before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of the United Nations.

Stephanie advises clients on matters related to business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, and legal rights and obligations. Her practice is further informed by legal clerkships at the U.S. Department of Labor and the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Stephanie was a professor of philosophy prior to practicing law.  



  • J.D. George Mason University School of Law 2017
    • Law clerk, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2016
    • Law clerk, Mental Illness Clinic, Antonin Scalia School of Law and Fairfax County Attorney’s Office, 2015 – 2016
    • Law clerk, U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Rights Center, 2015
  • Ph.D. Philosophy University of California at Santa Barbara 2009
    • M.A., Candidate of Philosophy (C.Phil), 2000
  • M.A. Philosophy University of Nevada 1995
    • Minor: History
  • B.F.A. Fine Arts Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted in Virginia Only; Practicing Under the Supervision of Venable Partners.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Adjunct instructor and attorney advisor, Mason Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic, Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, 2018 – Present
  • Professor of philosophy, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 2012 – Present


  • Spanish



  • Volunteer, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue