Senior Partner

E. Russell Tarleton

Russ Tarleton has assisted clients in the procurement and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights for almost 30 years. Before attending law school, Russ worked as a court reporter in federal and state court and as a technician with National Semiconductor maintaining microchip manufacturing equipment. 

Russ received a B.S. in Aeronautics (cum laude) from Utah State University (1982) and was awarded his J.D. by the University of Utah (1986). Russ received his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (1998).

Russ focuses his patent prosecution on the electrical and electro-mechanical arts. In his litigation practice, Russ has tried cases in the U.S. District Courts around the country, and he has handled appeals before the Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as participated in over 135 Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings.

Russ has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® consecutively each year, beginning in 2018. Additionally, in 2021, Russ was honored with The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year Award for Trademark Law. He has also received the Client Choice Award 2015 for Intellectual Property – Trademarks for the state of Washington. Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners worldwide that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focuses on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market.

Russ has previously served as a Guest Lecturer on IP Law and Litigation for the University of Washington's Paralegal Program. Before attending law school, Russ worked as a court reporter in federal and state court and as a production technician with National Semiconductor where he maintained microchip manufacturing equipment.

University of Utah

J.D. 1986

University of Washington

Electrical Engineering

M.S. 1998

Utah State University


B.S. 1982

Russ is a member of the Utah State Bar (1992), the Washington State Bar (1987), and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His professional memberships include the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Washington State Patent Law Association.

Russ contributes to his community through volunteer work, including Habitat for Humanity (Cambodia in 2010), and teaching at Cambodian Children’s Fund facilities in Phnom Penh (2011). Russ was a Coach with Zino Society, assisting entrepreneurs in preparing competitive presentations to angel investors, and he is a former member of the Keiretsu Forum in Seattle.


Tarleton, E., Ashton, J., Trademark Predators — Can They Really Prey On The Public?, Law360, December 18, 2017.
Tarleton, E., Ashton, J., A Call To Arms: The Trademark Battle For ‘Triggerpoint’, Law360, March 17, 2017.

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Honors & Awards

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018-2022

Awarded with Lexology’s Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property – Trademarks; Washington, 2015

The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year - Trademark Law, 2021