R. Lee Fraley

R. Lee Fraley: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Lee Fraley offers clients a unique blend of intellectual property counseling, IP rights enforcement and defense, and solution-focused negotiation of IP-related transactions and acquisitions. In recent years, he has counseled numerous clients worldwide, from emerging and growing businesses to middle-market and large cap companies, in the development of patent, copyright and trademark portfolios geared toward accomplishing their business goals and objectives.

A substantial portion of Lee's practice involves negotiating and counseling his clients with regard to litigation/dispute resolution and transactional matters such as acquisitions, venture-capital/financing and licensing. He has handled these types of matters for clients in a variety of industries, with particular emphasis in electronics, medical devices, software including SaaS, telecommunications, IT and cloud-based networking and services, crowd-sourcing applications, gaming, retail/franchising, renewable energy, social media and media law.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Supreme Court Copyright Decision Indicates Greater Proactivity by Would-Be Infringement Plaintiffs, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (March 4, 2019)
• Intellectual Property Ownership: when you don't know what you DON'T have (Part I), Co-Author, Appearing in JDSupra (February 22, 2017)
• Intellectual property: when you don’t know what you have, Co-Author, Appearing in JDSupra (February 20, 2017)
• Intellectual Property Is Not Created Equal, Quoted, In Business Magazine (June 2015)
•“Top Lawyers Weigh in on the Anticipated Impact of 3D Printing Technology on the Law,” Featured, LawyerMade Magazine (September 8, 2014)
• Rights and Wrongs in Intellectual Property, Quoted, In Business Magazine (January 2014)
• What’s in a Name? Arizona Law Firms Gain Marketable Options, Quoted, In Business Magazine (February 2013)
• Snell & Wilmer Launches Social Media Campaign, Quoted, Phoenix Business Journal (December 9, 2011)
• To License or Not to License (and what you need to know if you do), Co-Presenter, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), City of Chandler, TechEDge (October 11, 2011)
• Giving Back: The Business of Doing Good, Quoted, In Business Magazine (April 29, 2011)
• Managing Your IP Portfolio Through Economic Challenges, Presenter, Snell & Wilmer (June 2010)
• IP Considerations, 2010 Mergers and Acquisitions Roundtable (February 10, 2010)
• Social Media, Executive Forums Special Event (November 17, 2009)
•Dozens of other presentations and publications in the area of building and protecting brands, cyberspace, preparing companies' IP portfolios and liabilities for sale or investment

Professional Recognition and Awards

•The Best Lawyers in America, Trademark Law (2012-2019), Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2019)
•The Best Lawyers in America, Business Edition, Intellectual Property Law (2012)
•Southwest Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property (2007, 2010, 2013)
•Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property - Business Edition (2011)
•Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008, 2010)
•Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Information Technology Law (2010-2011)

Community Involvement

•Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission, Board of Directors, Chair of Governance (2012-2014)
•Rosie's House, Board of Directors (2003-2015); President's Council (2016-present)
•Crisis Nursery, Board of Directors, President (2007-2015)
•Cub Scouts Pack 618 (2006-2012)
•Volunteer Lawyers Program Clinic

Other Professional Experience

•U.S. Steel, Process Control Engineer, Operations Coordinator
•Bailey Engineers, Sales Engineer

Related News & Events

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 12
Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jun 22
Sixty-Seven Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers 2010

Related Publications

Mar 04
Supreme Court Copyright Decision Indicates Greater Proactivity by Would-Be Infringement Plaintiffs

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Franchise Services
  • Gaming
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
  • International
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
  • Retail and Franchising
  • Sports and Entertainment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6250  Phone
University Attended:
West Virginia Institute of Technology, B.S.E.E., magna cum laude, 1988; Eta Kappa Nu, national electrical engineering honor fraternity; Duquesne University, M.B.A., 1992
Law School Attended:
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997
Year of First Admission:
United States Patent and Trademark Office; United States District Court, District of Arizona; Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona

Professional Memberships & Activities

•Maricopa County Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
•Arizona Celtic Bar Association
•Arizona Entrepreneurs Organization, Firm Liaison (2002-2011)
•Renaissance Executive Forum, Member Resource Network
•Arizona Tech Council, Firm Liaison (2004-2010)
•Lex Mundi Institute, Graduate
•Invest Southwest 2009 & 2010 Mentor Teams

Birth Information:
Houston, Texas, November 30, 1965
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: IP Counseling: Managed extensive IP portfolio for public company that developed mobile devices. Also created strategies for overall protection of new line of products as company developed design-around strategies; Managed global brand and product protection for international client, including continued creation of strategies for international expansion and the development of innovative protection strategies for all new products/services; IP Rights Defense and Enforcement: Orchestrated defense on behalf of large finance company to acquire license rights to use a particular name that allowed the client to sell property and accomplish objectives; Managed defenses and negotiated settlements to trademark infringement claims on behalf of hospitality company, educational institution, and cloud-based IT service company; Represented international franchise in seeking to stop more than 20 unlawful actions of unauthorized parties; IP Transactions and Deals: Developed aggressive legal positions regarding intellectual property that gave clients, ranging from an international media company to IT infrastructure company, leverage to renegotiate a prior deal and permit U.S. expansion; Negotiated complex technology licenses in and out of R&D company to facilitate private equity investment; Negotiated key representation issues with financing institution as well as addressing significant pre-closing concerns regarding infringement and lawsuits

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