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J.D., 1998, Duke University School of Law
B.A., 1995, Southwestern University

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Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge

David Weston Robinson Professorship, McGlinchey Stafford Professorship
Professor of Law


Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge teaches and writes in the area of intellectual property. Her intellectual property courses include Introduction to Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Advanced Trademark Practice, and Advanced Copyright Practice, and she also teaches Contracts to first-year students. For three and one-half years, from January 2020 through June 2023, she served the Law Center as its interim Dean.

Professor Wheelis Lockridge co-authors a West casebook, Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials, now in its 6th edition (2023), and has authored law review articles on U.S. and international trademark and copyright law and on the intersection of both copyright and trademark rights with the First Amendment right of free speech. She was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2012.

Professor Wheelis Lockridge graduated summa cum laude from Southwestern University, earning a B.A. in chemistry. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. She served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as in the state of Texas.

Professor Wheelis Lockridge joined the Law Center faculty in 2005. She came to LSU from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a visiting assistant professor during the 2004–05 academic year. From 1999–2004, she was an associate in the intellectual-property section of Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas (now Holland & Knight); before leaving private practice, she was named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas 2004” in a D Magazine poll.

Courses Taught

Contracts, Introduction to Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Advanced Copyright Practice, Advanced Trademark Practice

Selected Publications


Mary LaFrance, Gary Myers & Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge, Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2023) (West Academic).

Mary LaFrance, Gary Myers, Lee Ann W. Lockridge & David Lange, Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2018) (West Academic) (Annual Updates 2019–21).

David Lange, Mary LaFrance, Gary Myers & Lee Ann W. Lockridge, Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2012) (West Academic) (Annual Updates 2013–17).

Gary Myers & Lee Ann W. Lockridge, Questions & Answers: Intellectual Property (3d ed. 2020) (Carolina Academic Press).

Gary Myers & Lee Ann W. Lockridge, Questions & Answers: Intellectual Property (2d ed. 2014) (LexisNexis).

Law Review Articles

Abolishing State Trademark Registrations, 29 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 597 (2011).

Honoring International Obligations in U.S. Trademark Law: How the Lanham Act Protects Well-Known Foreign Marks (and Why the Second Circuit was Wrong), 84 St. John’s L. Rev. 1347 (2010).

When is a Use in Commerce a Noncommercial Use?, 37 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 337 (2010). (selected for republication in the Int’l Prop. L. Rev. (Thomson West Group 2011) as one of the best law review articles related to intellectual property law published in 2010).

The Myth of Copyright’s Fair Use Doctrine as a Protector of Free Speech, 24 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 31 (2007).

Intellectual Property in Outer Space: International Law, National Jurisdiction, and Exclusive Rights in Geospatial Data and Databases, 32 J. Space L. 319 (2006) (symposium).

Chapters in Books

Lee Ann W. Lockridge, Territoriality (mis)understood: enforcing well-known foreign marks in the United States, in Trademark Protection and Territoriality Challenges in a Global Economy 233 (Irene Calboli & Edward Lee eds., 2014).

Bruce Sostek & Lee Ann Wheelis, Chapter 9—Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights, and E-Commerce, in Doing Business in Texas: A Guide for Foreign Investors Doing Business in the Lone Star State (Larry B. Pascal ed., International Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2d ed. 2003).