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, Esq. CIPP/E is the founding principal of Sequel.  She has 30 years of experience emphasizing cybersecurity, data privacy, and the commercialization of technology, software, data, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.  Melise is also an experienced IP litigator in the US federal courts protecting IP rights.

Ms. Blakeslee became an entrepreneur when she opened Sequel after leaving the global law firm McDermott Will & Emery, where she had practiced as a capital partner for many years.  In founding Sequel, Melise’s goal was to provide a more agile service at a better price point, helping clients focus on business fundamentals by removing legal barriers as quickly as possible, with as little disturbance as possible.

Ms. Blakeslee gained an outstanding international reputation for her involvement in many of the watershed legal cases and disputes at the intersection of intellectual property, technology, and internet law.  She successfully protected clients from all types of Internet-based crimes, including copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, defamation, deceptive trade practices, and information theft.  Some of these notable cases include Lexmark, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc, (6th Cir.) (known for its assessment of copyright protections (or lack thereof) in computer code),  Religious Technology Center v. Lerma, (EDVA)(known for establishing copyright protection in online works), and hundreds of domain name and trademark disputes on behalf of Victoria’s Secret and other trademark owners.

Her seminal book:  Internet Crimes, Torts & Scams: Investigation & Remedies (Oxford University Press, 2010) highlights her years of experience investigating and litigating trademark, copyright, deceptive practices, and trade secret misappropriation on the internet. Her more recent work, Intellectual Property Enforcement in the Digital World, was published in the Spring of 2017 by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis.

Her depth of experience with Internet-related matters naturally led to a specialty practice involving the commercialization of and protecting data of all types.  She has advised companies about some of the world’s largest databases for travel data, clearinghouse data, and global membership organizations. A significant part of her practice focuses on helping clients navigate the growing number of complex international data transfer issues. Ms. Blakeslee advises clients on global compliance programs (currently working with the laws of over 60 countries) and data breach management.

In addition to her law firm practice, Melise has served as the outsourced general counsel and data protection officer for various companies, including many in the health, life sciences, clinical trials, and fintech sectors.  If you need more than legal advice, Melise can help implement data privacy compliance programs on a consulting basis.

For many years Ms. Blakeslee headed McDermott Will & Emery’s Internet and IT transactions practice.  She was also a senior member of the copyright and trademark group.

She is admitted to the bars of New York, Washington, D.C., and to several federal and appellate courts.

  • 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”