Karen Hawkes, Esq. is an experienced, strong and trusted trademark, copyright and business law attorney. She has focused her legal career helping individuals and business owners identify their intellectual property needs specifically tailored to trademark and copyright matters. Ms. Hawkes assists clients in determining the best trademark to represent and brand their products, goods or services to create customer recognition and goodwill. Ms. Hawkes has registered hundreds of trademarks throughout her career. She aggressively protects her client’s trademarks from infringement and has significant experience representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and in State and Federal Courts. Ms. Hawkes further represents clients in copyright registration, protection and enforcement, and has aggressively represented clients in copyright infringement cases. Because Ms. Hawkes highly values the innovation, risk-taking, trust and strength of entrepreneurs, Ms. Hawkes also provides trusted business law services for all businesses ranging from start-ups to small businesses to well-established corporations. Such services include entity formation, negotiation and representation in contracts and dispute representation. Hawkes Law, APLC serves clients statewide in California and nationwide in federal trademark matters.

Practice Areas

Trademark Law

Transactional matters including trademark registration, (selection, clearance and filing); office actions; licensing, and litigation including trademark infringement and lanham act violations before the trademark trial and appeals board and in district court.

Copyright Law

Copyright registration, licensing and litigation including copyright infringement litigation.

Business Law

Entity formation; contract drafting and negotiation; privacy policies; work for hire agreements; employment agreements; shareholder agreements.

Industry Areas

All Industries (Consumer Goods and Services; Internet and E-commerce; Authors; Brand Development; Software Developers; Apparel; Automotive; Physicians; Craft Breweries; Beer and Spirits; Jewelry)

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  • California Western School of Law - J.D.
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas - B.A.

    Political Science

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • State Bar of California

    Member Since: 2005

  • San Diego County Bar Association

    Member Since: 2005

  • Lawyer’s Club of San Diego

    Member Since: 2005

  • Association of American Trial Lawyers

    Member Since: 2005

  • Provisors, Inc.

    Member Since: 2016

Client Reviews

Karen has been a tremendous resource for me and my husband. She helped both of us to incorporate. It was an easy process with her and we both greatly appreciated it. She has been a resource for answers to help guide us in the right direction as business owners. We appreciate her and her expertise.

W. F.B.

Legal questions often catch us off guard, luckily Karen is always there to set us on the right path. She has made our company safer and more secure with her guidance, for which we are extremely grateful! Thanks, Karen.

C. K.

Karen Hawkes is my attorney for all my licensing support. I have worked with her for several years as I filed for word and copyrights and other licensing filings. She is so easy to work with and really listened to what your goals are for your project. She gets things done and can fight anyone that...


I was pleased to have found Attorney Karen Hawkes Law to help with my copyright infringement dilemma. She was friendly, professional, considerate, and helpful during a challenging time I was experiencing in my life regarding a prized photograph of mine being infringed upon. She assured me she would...


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