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R. Lee Fraley

R. Lee Fraley

Partner| Phoenix

Lee Fraley offers clients a unique blend of intellectual property counseling, IP rights enforcement and defense, and solution-focused negotiation of IP-related transactions and acquisitions. In recent years, he has counseled numerous clients worldwide, from emerging and growing businesses to middle-market and large cap companies, in the development of patent, copyright and trademark portfolios geared toward accomplishing their business goals and objectives.

A substantial portion of Lee's practice involves negotiating and counseling his clients with regard to litigation/dispute resolution and transactional matters such as acquisitions, venture-capital/financing and licensing. He has handled these types of matters for clients in a variety of industries, with particular emphasis in electronics, medical devices, software including SaaS, telecommunications, IT and cloud-based networking and services, crowd-sourcing applications, gaming, retail/franchising, renewable energy, social media and media law.

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IP Counseling
  • Managed extensive IP portfolio for public company that developed mobile devices. Also created strategies for overall protection of new line of products as company developed design-around strategies
  • Managed global brand and product protection for international client, including continued creation of strategies for international expansion and the development of innovative protection strategies for all new products/services
IP Rights Defense and Enforcement
  • Orchestrated defense on behalf of large finance company to acquire license rights to use a particular name that allowed the client to sell property and accomplish objectives
  • Managed defenses and negotiated settlements to trademark infringement claims on behalf of hospitality company, educational institution, and cloud-based IT service company
  • Represented international franchise in seeking to stop more than 20 unlawful actions of unauthorized parties
IP Transactions and Deals
  • Developed aggressive legal positions regarding intellectual property that gave clients, ranging from an international media company to IT infrastructure company, leverage to renegotiate a prior deal and permit U.S. expansion
  • Negotiated complex technology licenses in and out of R&D company to facilitate private equity investment
  • Negotiated key representation issues with financing institution as well as addressing significant pre-closing concerns regarding infringement and lawsuits
  • Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • Duquesne University (M.B.A., 1992)
  • West Virginia Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E., magna cum laude, 1988)
    • Eta Kappa Nu (national electrical engineering honor fraternity)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arizona Celtic Bar Association
  • Arizona Entrepreneurs Organization, Firm Liaison (2002-2011)
  • Renaissance Executive Forum, Member Resource Network
  • Arizona Tech Council, Firm Liaison (2004-2010)
  • Lex Mundi Institute, Graduate
  • Invest Southwest 2009 & 2010 Mentor Teams
  • "Supreme Court Copyright Decision Indicates Greater Proactivity by Would-Be Infringement Plaintiffs," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (March 4, 2019) 
  • "Intellectual Property Ownership: when you don't know what you DON'T have (Part I)," Co-Author, Appearing in JDSupra (February 22, 2017)
  • "Intellectual property: when you don’t know what you have," Co-Author, Appearing in JDSupra (February 20, 2017)
  • "Intellectual Property Is Not Created Equal," Quoted, In Business Magazine (June 2015)
  • “Top Lawyers Weigh in on the Anticipated Impact of 3D Printing Technology on the Law,” Featured, LawyerMade Magazine (September 8, 2014)
  • "Rights and Wrongs in Intellectual Property," Quoted, In Business Magazine (January 2014)
  • "What’s in a Name? Arizona Law Firms Gain Marketable Options," Quoted, In Business Magazine (February 2013)
  • "Snell & Wilmer Launches Social Media Campaign," Quoted, Phoenix Business Journal (December 9, 2011)
  • "To License or Not to License (and what you need to know if you do)," Co-Presenter, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), City of Chandler, TechEDge (October 11, 2011)
  • "Giving Back: The Business of Doing Good," Quoted, In Business Magazine (April 29, 2011)
  • "Managing Your IP Portfolio Through Economic Challenges," Presenter, Snell & Wilmer (June 2010)
  • "IP Considerations," 2010 Mergers and Acquisitions Roundtable (February 10, 2010)
  • "Social Media," Executive Forums Special Event (November 17, 2009)
  • Dozens of other presentations and publications in the area of building and protecting brands, cyberspace, preparing companies' IP portfolios and liabilities for sale or investment
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trademark Law (2012-2019), Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Edition, Intellectual Property Law (2012)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property (2007, 2010, 2013)
  • Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property - Business Edition (2011)
  • Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008, 2010)
  • Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Information Technology Law (2010-2011)
  • Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission, Board of Directors, Chair of Governance (2012-2014)
  • Rosie's House, Board of Directors (2003-2015); President's Council (2016-present)
  • Crisis Nursery, Board of Directors, President (2007-2015)
  • Cub Scouts Pack 618 (2006-2012)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program Clinic
  • U.S. Steel, Process Control Engineer, Operations Coordinator
  • Bailey Engineers, Sales Engineer
  • Arizona
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona