Amy Sullivan Cahill


Clients won’t forget the level of customer service and legal acumen Amy Cahill brings to the table. Cahill, raised in a family of small business owners, understands the need for entrepreneurs and business owners to focus on their core strengths and to surround themselves with specially trained legal advisors who are also invested in their personal and professional success.

Drawn to intellectual property law early in her career, Amy is naturally curious and creative and enjoys the visual and often colorful aspects of her practice. Working with clients in manufacturing, health care, personal and professional services, technology, and hospitality, Amy proactively advises clients on how to continue and grow their businesses within the boundaries of intellectual property laws. Clients look to Amy when rebranding, expanding their offerings, developing new products, and during mergers and acquisitions.

In situations involving trademark infringement and litigation, Amy is the attorney you want on the team to advocate for you, and when needed, fight for you in the courtroom and before administrative agencies.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel in federal court litigation arising from infringement claims directed to works of visual art, celebrity likenesses, architectural works, and software
  • Development of a strategy for and prosecution and maintenance of domestic and international trademark portfolios for U.S. and foreign companies with U.S. product markets
  • Commercialization of intellectual property through licensed restaurant concepts and merchandising agreements with national companies creating revenue streams for intellectual property owners
  • Development of streamlined online IP enforcement efforts for trademark and copyright owners and implementation of risk reduction strategies for online content providers
  • Author of two U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, one in the copyright infringement class action, Reed Elsevier, Inc., et al. v. Muchnick, et al., Civ. No. 08-10,3 and the other in the landmark trademark dilution case, Moseley v. V Secret Catalog, Inc., 537 U.S. 418 (2003)
  • Developer of the first Intellectual Property Drafting seminar course offered at the University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Taught as an adjunct professor and served as an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Trademark Law at George Mason University Law Center in Arlington, Virginia
  • Represented a one-of-a-kind Kentucky-based trade organization of bourbon distillers, businesses, educators, and governmental entities in a variety of intellectual property matters
  • Represented national educational nonprofits in a variety of intellectual property matters
  • Represented multiple nonprofit colleges and universities in registering and protecting their names, logos, and associated brand marks

Licensed In

  • Kentucky
  • New York
  • District of Columbia


  • J.D. University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law
  • LL.M. George Washington University Law School
  • B.A. University of the South


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Intellectual Property (2015 – Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 Louisville, KY Trademark Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law (2018-Present), Litigation – Intellectual Property (2018-Present), Trademark Law (2018-Present)
  • World Trademark Review-WTR 1000, ranked 2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent© rated
  • Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers for Media Law 2013
  • Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, Top 250 Women in Intellectual Property (2014-2018)
  • SuperLawyers for Intellectual Property (2013-2015)

Speaking Engagements

  • “IP for the Occasional Practitioner” – Kentucky Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2014
  • “Copyright Law” – Kentucky Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2010

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