Susan Ford

Of Counsel.

Susan Ford is a fierce and dynamic advocate for her clients, with over 20 years of experience litigating intellectual property and business disputes in both Oregon and Washington.

As a former shareholder at one of Portland’s largest law firms, as well as the principal and founder of her own litigation boutique in downtown Portland, Susan graces Protea Legal Co. with a brilliant combination of big-firm prowess and small-firm attention to detail.

Susan protects her clients’ intellectual property rights through patent trademark, copyright, and trade secret advising and litigation. She also advocates for businesses of all types and sizes in partnership and LLC membership disputes, actions for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, and business tort claims including misrepresentation, interference with contract, and unfair competition.

In addition to litigation, Susan’s practice includes drafting and negotiating business contracts, including intellectual property licensing and assignment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements, and independent contractor agreements.

When she's not practicing law, you'll likely find Susan spending time with her two teenagers (and two little dogs), on her road bike in wine country, or reading books about entrepreneurship and law firm management.

Portland Trademark Lawyer

Contact Susan.

Phone: (971) 808-2448



  • State Courts of Oregon

  • State Courts of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Civic + Professional Involvement.

  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network – Service Provider Member

  • Multnomah Bar Association: Judicial Screening Committee – Member

  • Women in Insurance & Financial Services – Member

  • Girls, Inc. – Go-To Girl

  • The Link for Women – Member

  • Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon – Board Member (2012-2013)

  • Oregon Law Foundation – Board Member (2009-2010)

  • Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery – Board Member & Executive Committee (2005-2009)


  • J.D. – Georgetown University

    • Ford Foundation Fellow in International Studies to the United Nations

  • M.S. in Foreign Service – Georgetown University

  • B.S. in Communication Studies (with a focus in Political Science)– Northwestern University

Representative Matters.

  • Representation of a facility optimization consulting company in connection with a dispute with clients for payment

  • Representation of a ground penetrating radar products distributor on counterclaims for trademark violations and cybersquatting

  • Representation of a heavy lift aircraft manufacturer in the negotiation of a joint development and patent licensing agreement

  • Representation of a health care product manufacturer in a patent infringement and trade secret suit

Select Legal Workshops.

  • Intellectual Property Bootcamp for Business Lawyers

    • OSB Intellectual Property Section (March 7, 2018)

  • Trademark Litigation: Tricks and Traps in Federal Court and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

    • Multnomah Bar Association (December 14, 2017)

  • Essential Contracts

    • Pregame (December 11, 2017)

  • Protect Your Unique Ideas and Offerings

    • Pregame (June 8, 2017)

  • Patents and Copyrights and Trademarks, Oh My!

    • Portland Radio Project 99.1 FM Biz503 (April 24, 2017)