David S. Klinestiver

David S. Klinestiver



Practice Areas

Intellectual property, including trademark, copyright and trade secrets law; entertainment and publicity rights law; e-commerce and Internet law; business organizations and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; franchise law.

Dave Klinestiver practices in the areas of intellectual property law and general business services. Focusing in particular on trademark, copyright and trade secrets matters, Mr. Klinestiver works with clients ranging from authors, musicians and business entrepreneurs to multinational corporations, helping them better secure, enforce and commercially utilize their intellectual property rights and interests throughout the world. His intellectual property practice has expanded to encompass the relatively new and rapidly developing fields of e-commerce and Internet law. Mr. Klinestiver also practices extensively in the more traditional areas of business-related law, advising and assisting clients in matters such as corporate organization and governance (both for-profit and nonprofit). Mr. Klinestiver also has extensive experience representing clients in transactional matters such as mergers and acquisitions, business sales and divestitures, licensing and franchising.


Indiana University, B.A., Economics, 1981; Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, J.D., 1985.

Bar Admissions

Kentucky, 1985; Indiana, 1987.

Publications and Presentations

Seminar Presentation: "Protecting Your Business Identity in Cyberspace: How E-Commerce is Changing the Way the Name Game is Played" (LGSD e-series, Oct. 2000); Seminar Presentation: "Intellectual Property Concerns for Start-Up and Established Businesses" (National Business Institute, Aug. 1999); Seminar Presentation: "Fundamentals of Trademark Law" (Louisville CLE Institute 1993); Seminar Presentation: "Intellectual Property in Mergers and Acquisitions" (Louisville CLE Institute 1990).


Institute on International and Comparative Law (co-sponsored by the University of San Diego School of Law and Université de Paris, Sorbonne), Paris, France (1983); Board of Editors of the Indiana Law Journal (Senior Managing Editor 1984-1985); Model Business Corporation Act Revision Committee of the Kentucky Bar Association (1986-1987); Progressive Arts Association of the J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (Board member and Chair, 1987-1992); Thomas Edison House, Board of Regents (1991-1993).


American Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections); Indiana State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section); Kentucky Bar Association; Indianapolis Bar Association; Indianapolis Civil War Round Table (Executive Committee 2004-present; President 2006-2007; Program Presenter 2007, 2010); Binford Redevelopment and Growth, Inc. (Board counsel 2005-present).