Tenesa S. Powell

Of Counsel
Tenesa S. Powell is Of Counsel in the Dickinson Wright Las Vegas office.  Tenesa handles trademark and copyright enforcement, with an emphasis in Internet-related infringement.  Tenesa litigates in federal and state court, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  
Prior to working in intellectual property, Tenesa was a partner at an AmLaw 100 firm representing financial institutions and mortgage servicers in state and federal court primarily related to non-judicial, judicial foreclosures, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, title issues, bankruptcy, and HOA-related issues. Tenesa has tried nearly a dozen trials and has conducted well over 200 depositions.  After law school, Tenesa served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Elissa Cadish.

Education & Credentials


University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law

J.D., 2011
  • Nevada Law Journal, Articles Editor (2010-2011)/ Staff Member (2009-2010)
  • Annual Review of Intellectual Property Developments, Student Assistant Editor (2010)
  • Society of Advocates, Member (2007 – 2008) / Executive Board (2008)
  • 2008 American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, Semi-Finalist
  • 2008 Clark County Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, First Place
  • 2008 School Year Outstanding Student in Community Service Scholarship Award
  • 2008 Summer Semester Outstanding Student in Community Service Scholarship Award
  • 2007 Clark County Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, First Place

Lewis University

B.A., Criminal Justice, 2003
  • Academic Achievement Award

MacCormac College

A.A., Paralegal Studies

Bar Admission

  • Nevada


  • Super Lawyers Mountain States®
    • "Rising Star," Intellectual Property Litigation, 2015-2020
  • ABA Law Student Division
    • Lt. Governor for Web & Technology, 14th Circuit, 2010
  • Partners in Pro Bono, 2009
  • Community Service Committee
    • Student Representative, 2008
  • Saltman Dispute Resolution Society
    • Member, 2008

Professional Involvement

  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Nevada Supreme Court, Las Vegas, NV 2/2011 – 4/2011 - Legal Intern to the Honorable Chief Justice Michael Douglas
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Las Vegas, NV 5/2009 – 8/2009 - Extern to the Honorable Bruce A. Markell 



  • Note, “The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy The First Decade: Looking Back and Adapting Forward,” 11 NEV. L.J. 877 (2011)
  • Treatment of Trademark Licenses in Bankruptcy Proceedings (2009)
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