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Deborah (Bea) Swedlow

Office Co-Managing Partner, Ann Arbor
Co-Leader, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group
Member, Board of Directors


Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
Bryn Mawr College, M.L.S.P./M.S.S.
  • Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
Bryn Mawr College, A.B.


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Bea Swedlow is an experienced litigator who represents clients in significant intellectual property matters resulting in favorable outcomes. Her practice includes patent, copyright, and trademark law.

  • Represents clients in many industries, including the auto, retail, manufacturing, e-commerce, media, entertainment, and pharmaceutical industries
  • Counsels clients in media and entertainment law, as well as business litigation
  • Extensive experience in litigating cases involving noncompetition agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets 

Bea has been admitted as a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and she serves on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.


Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in patent infringement case for a major automotive supplier
  • Defended website owner involving alleged improper use of trademarks
  • Represented surviving members of a music group relating to copyright and trademark use
  • Defended retailer in a trademark infringement action relating to domain name use
  • Served as counsel for an automotive inspection company relating to copyright rights in software
  • Obtained favorable outcome for a pharmaceutical company in a false advertising case
  • Successfully defended major film/television studio in copyright infringement lawsuit
  • Obtained dismissal of copyright lawsuit for music publisher
  • Defended news outlets in defamation and trademark litigation filed by subjects of investigative journalism reporting

Prior Experience

  • Butzel Long, Shareholder, 2004-2010
  • Foley Hoag LLP, Associate, 1999-2004
  • Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, Special Prosecutor, 2004



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2022
    • Recognized in practice area of Litigation - Intellectual Property
    • Ann Arbor Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year," 2013, 2017 and 2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013-2021
  • Crain’s Detroit Business “2019 Notable Women in the Law” 
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017, 2021
    • Recognized in practice areas of Intellectual Property Law, Copyright & Trademark Law, and Patent Law

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Board of Directors
    • Women in IP Committee, Chair
    • Professional Programs
    • Copyright Committee
      • Amicus Subcommittee, Former Chair
    • Patent Litigation
    • Nominations Committee 2017
    • Publications Committee
  • Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)
    • Internet Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Bryn Mawr College
    • Presidential Advisory Committee, 2015-present
  • Neutral Zone - Ann Arbor's Teen Center
    •  Former Board of Directors
  • Leadership Ann Arbor, Graduate
  • SafeHouse Center
    • Former Board of Directors
    • Vice President

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