Sheryl Koval Garko is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. Clients hire Sheryl for her creative, strategic, business-focused advice enriched by her extensive courtroom experience and working knowledge of a wide range of technologies.

For almost 15 years, she has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups in high stakes litigation and at trial. She has worked with leading technology companies and some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including New Balance, Samsung, and Microsoft. She has tried cases to both judges and juries in federal courts across the United States and is experienced practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission.

Sheryl honed her skills in high profile, precedent setting cases. She represented New Balance at trial in the International Trade Commission in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse in a case that IP Law360 named it the top trademark ruling of 2016. Sheryl also represented Aereo against the major U.S. television networks in defense of its novel, industry-disrupting system for providing internet access to over-the-air broadcast television. That case ultimately went to the Supreme Court, which addressed copyright law issues of first impression.

Having prepared countless cases for trial, Sheryl has a clear understanding of the importance of identifying litigation strategy early on to direct the case in a cost- effective and efficient manner. Sheryl also leverages her wealth of experience to counsel clients on strategies to protect intellectual property when avoiding litigation is a strategic business priority.

Having also litigated a number of patent cases throughout her career, she brings to each matter a unique understanding of the intersection of copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent law. A superb communicator, she is able to explain diverse areas of complex technology to a judge or jury.
In 2017, World Trademark Review 1000, a peer and client survey, named Sheryl as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the world, describing her as “‘highly recommended’ for her ‘helpful and creative advice,’ which is ‘always of first-rate quality.’” In the 2018 edition, WTR 1000 stated that Sheryl “offers significant firepower to any contentious mandate.”

She was named a 2017 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Sheryl was also singled out for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel’s Women in Business and the Law 2017 edition. In 2015, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the Top Women of Law and she received a 2015 Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council.

  • Sheryl served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County from March to September 2008. In that capacity, she prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and tried over twenty jury and non-jury cases. Sheryl argued dozens of dispositive and evidentiary motions, many of which involved constitutional issues. She also worked for Independent Counsel representing the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in an internal investigation into corruption in the state probation department, resulting in the resignation and criminal conviction of members of the department’s senior leadership.

    • Represents one of the world’s largest retailers in the prosecution and defense of trademark and unfair competition claims in various federal courts.
    • Represents New Balance in a purported class action concerning “Made in the USA” marketing.
    • Represents ICONICS, Inc. in prosecution of copyright, trade secret and unfair competition claims against numerous defendants in the District of Massachusetts.
    • Represents start-up company in arbitration concerning theft of trade secrets concerning suturing devices by global medical device company.
    • Represents Teknor-Apex in trade secret case concerning design of garden hoses.
    • Represents Norriseal-Wellmark in trade dress infringement case concerning design of oil and water treater valves.
    • Represents SpareFoot, Inc. in trademark infringement matter concerning storage facility rentals.
    • Represents Advice Interactive Group against Web Group, Inc. in copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation case concerning online visibility reporting.
    • Represented New Balance at trial in successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike and Converse at the International Trade Commission (2016). Representation continues on appeal.
    • Represents Energy Materials Corporation in theft of trade secrets case involving solar cell technology.
    • Represented MorphoTrust (nka IDEMIA) in bringing trademark infringement against competitor for background check services (2016).
    • Represented RTIC Coolers, Inc. in trade dress infringement claims brought by YETI concerning cooler design.
    • Represented Samsung in successful defense and settlement of trademark and unfair competition claims brought in the Southern District of New York regarding Samsung’s MILK music streaming service (2016).
    • Represented Microsoft in successful defense and settlement of copyright claims filed in the Southern District of New York by Getty Images, Inc. related to the operation of Bing search engine (2015).
    • Represented Aereo, a provider of remote antenna and RS-DVR technology platform, in multi-district copyright litigation brought by the major television networks alleging violation of their “public performance” rights (2014).
    • Represented New Balance in successful defense and summary judgment of trademark claims brought by Denimafia, Inc. (2013).
    • Represented Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in successful prosecution and settlement of trademark claims against Zynga regarding OREGON TRAIL trademark (2012).
    • Represented Warrior Lacrosse in successful defense of trade dress claims regarding lacrosse helmet designs (2010).
    • Represented New Balance Athletic Shoe in successful litigation and settlement against Louis Vuitton regarding the use of New Balance’s iconic 574 shoe designs (2011).
    • Represented Warrior Lacrosse in successful defense of trade dress claims regarding lacrosse helmet designs (2010).