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Cindy A. Villanueva

Ms. Villanueva is an attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.  She practices in the areas of domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and enforcement. Ms. Villanueva assists clients with brand development and with identifying various protectable aspects of the clients’ products, services and concepts. She also helps clients with clearing all aspects of advertising, promotional and marketing materials and products, including trademark, copyright and right of publicity clearances.  

In addition to her prosecution practice, Ms. Villanueva drafts and negotiates a variety of intellectual property agreements such as assignments, licenses, rights of publicity agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and work for hire agreements.  As part of her practice, she also represents clients in a wide variety of disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, rights of publicity, and domain names, including the resolution of disputes over contested trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights in court.

Education & Credentials


University of California, Irvine

B.A., 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Graduated with Honors, magna cum laude

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

J.D., 2010

Bar Admission

  • Arizona2010
  • California2016


  • Phoenix Business Journal
    • "40 Under 40," 2022
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal
    • Latino Leaders Worth Watching Award™, 2022 
  • Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
    • Vice President, 2022 
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Regional President of the Year, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Americ
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2021-2024
    • Copyright Law, 2024
  • Los Abogados Latino Bar Association
    • Emerging Leader Award, 2019
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®
    • "Rising Star," IP Litigation, 2016-2024
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Top Lawyers Under 40, 2018
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
    • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney, 2014
  • Arizona Bar Exam
    • Highest score, 2010
  • WTR 1000
    • Recommended, 2024

Prominent Assignments

Brand Development:

  • Assisting clients with launching new brands and product lines by drafting work for hire agreements for contractors, branding of new product lines domestically and internationally, and reviewing marketing materials to ensure proper use of all intellectual property.


  • Assisting authors and other artists in obtaining copyright registration for their works, licensing their works to others, and enforcing their rights against unauthorized users. Assisting clients in licensing copyrighted works for use on websites, marketing materials, and other media. 

Securing, Enforcing and Licensing IP:

  • Assisting various companies, including, hotel, casino, restaurant and bar owners and operators, in clearing title for property names, securing the rights associated with the names, licensing their intellectual property to others, and enforcing their rights against unauthorized users.

Domain Names:

  • Successfully obtained the transfer of dozens of domain names, including under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Trademark Litigation:

  • Successfully represented a major snack products company in a precedential trademark decision issued by the TTAB. The Board sustained the client’s opposition finding a likelihood of confusion.
  • Served as Counsel of Record to secure a significant victory after a full trial in a successful opposition before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on behalf of a leading tobacco company.
  • Part of the legal team that successfully opposed and cancelled multiple marks that infringed the rights of a client in a multi-year litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Professional Involvement

  • Fellow, Emerging Issues Committee for INTA Association, 2024-2025
  • State Bar of Arizona Bar Leadership Institute, 2020-2021 
  • Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member 
  • Los Abogados Latino Bar Association
    • President, 2023 
    • Communications Director, 2021-2022
    • Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), President Region XIV, 2018-2020
  • Valley Leadership, Class 39, 2018
  • Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, 2017
  • Ladder Down, Class of 2014

Community Involvement

  • XICO, Board of Directors, 2024
  • Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • LatinaStrong, Board of Directors, 2020-present


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