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Sports and Entertainment Law News

Posted on: Jun 13, 2018

Get to know members of the Sports & Entertainment Law Section! This blog series highlights section members, their practice and their personal interests. Take a seat and get to know them! This week's post features Joel Tragesser of Quarles & Brady LLP.

Name, firm and position at firm?
Joel Tragesser, Quarles & Brady LLP, Intellectual Property partner

What is the focus of your practice?
I practice in the areas of trademark law & brand management, software development agreements & licenses, and business & intellectual property litigation.

How long have you been practicing?
Almost 21 years.  I began practicing in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997.

How long have you been in Indy?
19 years. I moved to Indianapolis in March 1999.

What do you value most about the practice of law?
I value most the opportunities to help others with business and personal decisions.  So my role as a counselor is important to me.  And I appreciate when I am able to help find a solution to an issue or a resolution to a dispute.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
I have a large family so enjoy spending time with them, especially when we are able to travel. Our favorite destinations are state parks and beaches, whether on Lake Michigan, the Gulf of Mexico, or an ocean.

What are some of your goals for the section this year? Or what are you most excited about for the section?
As with other sections, I would like the number of active members to grow and of course new members. We have had new attorneys join the SELS Executive Committee (Jimmie McMillian of IMS, Beth Ellis of Emmis, James Nussbaum of IU, and Jake Kolisek of Morse & Bickel), and they have already proposed new activities and 

What’s one piece of advice you’ve learned from your years of experience in the field?
Try to support organizations or events that align with your interests and those of your family because you will find that your time spent is more rewarding to yourself.

Tell us about your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis.
My wife lived in Noblesville when we met so we often visit Matteo's Ristorante Italiano on the downtown square across from the old Hamilton County Courthouse.

Anything else section members should know about you? 
My wife and I each have two children, and all four of them will be in high school during the 2018-2019 school year.  We expect it to be a fun, busy, and quick 12 months; and not as costly as when they each are in college 4 years from now.

If you would like to be featured in the Q+A series, send your responses to the above questions to Kara Sikorski at and stay tuned for future installments!



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