Susan J Kohlmann

USA: New York

Jenner & Block LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, NY

Tel: 212 891-1690


Susan J. Kohlmann is an experienced litigator in our Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, chair of the Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice and managing partner of the firm’s New York Office. Clients seek her counsel on a wide variety of complex matters, including copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes. She has also represented companies in various class action and other complex commercial matters. In addition to her extensive experience in jury and bench trials and arbitration proceedings, Ms. Kohlmann has extensive experience briefing and arguing appeals in the New York appellate courts and several federal circuit courts.

Ms. Kohlmann has been recognized by Legal 500 for her leadership in copyright law, as well as for appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Chambers USA has consistently recognized Ms. Kohlmann in its Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright (New York) practice area. She was named American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” in September 2017 for leading a Jenner & Block team to a $13.15 million verdict for the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the late third wife of author John Steinbeck, in a trial over the rights to the writer’s works. The trial win also earned the firm a spot as a “Legal Lion” on Law360’s weekly “Legal Lions and Lambs” report. In 2014, she was recognized among the “Top 250 Women in IP” and named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property. New York Super Lawyers has recognized Ms. Kohlmann in intellectual property litigation from 2006 to 2016. She serves on the firm’s Policy Committee and serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and the New York office’s Pro Bono Committee.

Ms. Kohlmann has lectured and published on copyright issues. She was a panelist on “The Future of Intellectual Property: An Evening With Judge Alex Kozinski and Friends” at the Los Angeles County Bar Association and spoke on Fair Use in the Digital Age at the New York City Bar and discussed termination rights under the U.S. Copyright Act at The Copyright Society in New York City. Ms. Kohlmann has served as a member of the New York City Bar’s Executive Committee, Chair of its Committee to Enhance Diversity, and a member of its Nominating Committee. She is Chair of Legal Services NYC and also a member of the boards of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the City Bar Justice Center.

ntellectual property is one of the most complex and interconnected areas of the law. In today’s business climate, corporations and their shareholders recognize the long-term value of intellectual property assets such as patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. These assets require consistent and comprehensive protection. Jenner & Block has more than 80 professionals with significant experience and a lengthy track record of extraordinary success on behalf of a diverse range of clients.

We deliver sophisticated intellectual property capabilities — from high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation and complex outsourcing and licensing counseling to cutting-edge representation in the digital realm and beyond. Some of the world’s largest and most respected companies such as 21st Century Fox, General Electric, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Universal Music Group, Diageo, The Dow Chemical Company, Groupon, Hertz, Johnson & Johnson, NBCUniversal, Nissan North America, Schneider Electric and Viacom, to name a few, regularly depend on the skills of the lawyers in our Intellectual Property Practice.

Jenner & Block is defined by the exceptional results we produce, the values we share, the clients we serve and most importantly, our lawyers. Jenner & Block lawyers consistently deliver excellence in the most complex and demanding legal matters, both litigation and transactions. They do not consider the practice of law a job, but rather a calling to serve clients, the profession and the community. No matter what legal challenge is presented, our powerful combination of experience, professionalism and teamwork helps clients achieve their goals.

Founded in 1914, Jenner & Block is a law firm of international reach with more than 500 lawyers. Our firm has been widely recognized for producing outstanding results in corporate transactions and securing significant litigation victories from the trial level through the United States Supreme Court. Companies and individuals around the world trust Jenner & Block with their most sensitive and consequential matters. Our clients range from the top ranks of the Fortune 500, large privately held corporations and financial services institutions to emerging companies, family-run businesses and individuals.

The firm’s overall achievement is well noted. The American Lawyer most recently named Jenner & Block to its A-List in 2016, recognizing it as among the top 20 law firms in the United States judged best at balancing the practice of law with their obligations to the profession. The honor reflects our commitment to exceeding clients’ expectations, investing in our people, increasing diversity in the legal profession and helping those with the greatest need for legal representation through pro bono service.

Jenner & Block lawyers rise above the rest both in terms of their qualifications and their approach to practicing law. Several Jenner & Block lawyers currently serve as federal judges, building on a remarkable history of judicial service by member of the firm. One former partner served as the United States solicitor general.

“Susan Kohlmann works on a variety of complex IP in the trademark and copyright space, offering advisory counsel as well as representation in district, federal and appellate courts.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017