Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Heather J. Kliebenstein, a Minneapolis partner who joined in 2004, has been elected to the firm’s Executive Committee for a two-year term, effective Jan. 1, 2022. She replaces Andrew S. Ehard who completed six years of service on the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee manages the business operations of the firm, leads the partnership, and provides direction for long-range planning and growth. The firm leadership represents the values that emerged from Merchant & Gould’s founder John D. Gould, as well as the core group of attorneys who built the firm into a full-service intellectual property law practice nearly 122 years ago. Today, those same values and business principles guide seven Merchant & Gould offices and approximately 100 attorneys.
“Heather represents the qualities, values and integrity that define Merchant & Gould as an industry thought leader with deep roots in intellectual property. Through the combination of her commitment, vision and smart counseling, we believe her leadership efforts on our Executive Committee will strengthen the business goals of our firm and clients,” said Christopher J. Leonard, Managing Director and CEO of Merchant & Gould. “Heather’s leadership perspective brings something unique to the Executive Committee.”
Heather specializes in trademark, trade dress, copyright, advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, patent, design patent and trade secret litigation, particularly with cases that intertwine multiple intellectual properties, contracts and other federal or state claims.
Leading up to her role on the Executive Committee, Heather has been involved with several firm-wide committees. She is the former chair of Merchant & Gould’s Litigation Practice and previously chaired the Diversity Committee.