Melise Blakeslee, Esq.

Founding Principal

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S.D.C., District of Columbia
  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S.D.C., Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S.D.C., Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Superior Court for the District of Columbia
  • New York Supreme Court


Melise Blakeslee is the founding principal of Sequel. For nearly 30 years, she has counseled emerging technology companies, with a particular emphasis on the commercialization of technology, software, data, trade secrets, cyber-security, and, when necessary, IP litigation.

Ms. Blakeslee became an entrepreneur when she opened Sequel Technology Law to provide her clients with more nimble services at a better price point. She believes her role is to help clients focus on the business fundamentals by removing legal barriers as quickly as possible, with as little disturbance as possible. Founding Sequel clients included many Fortune 500 brand-names with unique technology or distribution issues, big data, cyber-security or critical IT infrastructure.

Ms. Blakeslee has gained an international reputation for her involvement in many of the watershed legal cases and disputes impacting intellectual property, technology and Internet law, successfully protecting clients from all types of Internet-based crimes including copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, defamation, deceptive trade practices, and the theft of information.

Her depth of experience with Internet-related matters naturally led to a specialty practice involving the commercialization and protection of data. For over twenty years, Ms. Blakeslee has been licensing data internationally. She has advised companies with respect to some of the largest databases in the world for travel data, clearinghouse data, and global membership organizations. A significant part of her practice relates to helping her clients navigate the myriad number of international data transfer issues. Ms. Blakeslee advises clients on global compliance programs and breach solutions, including breach crisis management.

Ms. Blakeslee’s Internet and cybercrime expertise is highlighted in her seminal book Internet Crimes, Torts & Scams: Investigation & Remedies (Oxford University Press, 2010).  Her more recent work, Intellectual Property Enforcement in the Digital World, was be published in the Spring of 2017 by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis.

She headed up McDermott Will & Emery’s Internet Business group from 1996 to 2008, leading the firm’s Transactions and Cybercrime group, and was a senior member of the Copyright group. During her tenure, she guided clients through two major business cycles of eCommerce growth and divestment, boom and bust, giving her a practical perspective on the importance of a sound product and a healthy P&L statement.

She is the long-standing outside general counsel for D-Scope Systems, a provider of FDA and HIPAA-compliant solutions for recording patient examinations in a media-rich environment with cloud-based archiving and collaboration tools. More recently, she became the outside General Counsel for an early stage cyber-defense firm.

Ms. Blakeslee is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the International Trademark Association and the Futures Industry Association.

  • Melise R. Blakeslee & May ChengIntellectual Property Enforcement in the Digital World(Matthew Bender, 2017)
  • Melise R. BlakesleeInternet Crimes, Torts and Scams: Investigation and Remedies(Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Reston-Herndon Meeting Planners
    May 17, 2019
    Reston, VA
    “GDPR – Don’t Panic. Steps to Take When You Haven’t Done Anything.”
  • Futures Industry Association (FIA) 40th Annual Law & Compliance Division Conference  
    May 3, 2018
    “The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation: How It Changes the Game for Privacy-Steps Companies Can Take Now to Prepare”
  • TechAssure
    April 24, 2018
    Toronto, Canada
    “GDPR Compliance for the Procrastinator”
  • Futures Industry Association (FIA)
    March 1, 2018
    “GDPR Essentials to Meet the May 25th Deadline”
  • IAEE – International Association of Events and Exhibitions
    February 9, 2018
    Washington, DC
    “GDPR and Other New Data and Privacy Regulations That Are Impacting Your Events: What You Need to Know And What You Can Do to Be In Compliance”