Amy B. Spagnole-DeRosa


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Amy focuses her practice on a wide variety of intellectual property law matters, with a particular emphasis on strategic portfolio development, protection and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights, licensing and e-commerce transactions. She works proactively with each client to learn its business and develop and implement cost-beneficial domestic and international intellectual property registration and protection strategies designed to maximize the return on investment. Amy has worked with clients from a broad range of industries including computer hardware and software, social media, electronic commerce and the Internet, telecommunications, publishing, advertising, multimedia, hospitality, food and beverage, consumer products, banking and financial services, health care, sports and entertainment, artists and arts organizations. Amy has been involved in many Internet related and e-commerce transactions including domain name acquisition and litigation (including UDRP proceedings), agreements involving web hosting, web site development, content licensing and development, website optimization and on-line privacy. Amy has significant experience in the area of copyright counseling including the Digital Millennium Act, fair use and content clearance. Amy has extensive experience in connection with drafting, reviewing and negotiating merchandise license agreements and has successfully completed the International Licensing Merchandisers’ Associations’ (LIMA) Certificate in Licensing Studies Program.

During her career, Amy has served as a partner in a prominent New England law firm and an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School.


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (1999)
  • Syracuse University, B.A. (1996)

State Admissions

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Professional Accreditations

  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Intellectual Property as Accredited by The Florida Bar

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section 
  • International Trademark Association, member of U.S. Sub- Committee (2006-2007) and member of Emerging Issues Committee (2012-2013) 
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association 
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 
  • Florida Bar Association, member, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section 
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association


  • "Misperceptions about trademarks in business abound," Daily Business Review, October 2011
  • "Liability Evolving for User-Generated Content," Providence Business News, June 2008
  • "Avoid Common Pitfalls with a Web Site Audit," Providence Business News, November 2006
  • “Trademarks: Dispelling Myths and Revealing Realities,” Providence Business News, October 2005 
  • “Are Your ‘Parked’ Domain Names Being Used Against You?,” Providence Business News, July 2005 
  • "Get Your Trademarks in Order: 10 Tips for Business Owners," Providence Business News, January 2005 
  • “Online Retail Affiliates Could Be Pilfering Profits,” Providence Business News, September 2004 
  • “The Madrid Protocol: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, April 2004 
  • "What Every Trademark Owner Should Know About Foreign Trademark Registration," Providence Business News, January 2004 
  • "Have Your Clients Been Victimized By Cybersquatters?" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, September 2003 
  • “Could You Be An ISP?” Providence Business News, 2002 
  • “Two New Global Domains dot-Biz and dot-Info Introduced,” Providence Business News, June 2001 
  • Contributing Author, "Entertainment Litigation: Know the Issues and Avoid the Courtroom, " published by the New York Bar Association 
  • Contributing Author, "Intellectual Property Practice Treatise," published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. 
  • Editor and Contributing Author, "Representing Artists and Cultural Organizations," published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.


  • Interviewed by Frank Coletta on "Morning Sunrise" WJARTV-10 regarding the introduction of new top level domain names 
  • Special guest on "Legal Tips" with Stephen Linder, WPRO 630AM regarding trademark and domain name protection 
  • Panel Speaker, "TTAB Comes to Boston," Northeastern University School of Law 
  • Table Moderator, "Intellectual Property Round Table," Suffolk University Law School Brown Bag Lunch Program 
  • Guest Speaker, Bryant University Global Entrepreneurship Program 
  • Guest Speaker, "Trademark and Copyright Law Seminar," Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center, UMASS Dartmouth 
  • Faculty Member and Panel Speaker, "Corporate and IP Issues for Foreign Corporations Entering the U.S. Market," Practicing Law Institute 
  • Guest Speaker and Panel Moderator, "Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Branding," National Arts Marketing Project
  • Panel Speaker, "Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in a Social Media World," Social Media Week – Miami

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2013 and 2014)
  • Named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2008) 
  • Named as a 40 under Forty professional by Providence Business News (2008) 
  • Selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2005-2008) 
  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2008)

Community Activities

  • IP Counsel (Pro Bono) South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Inc. (July 2011-present) 
  • Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island (Board Member and Vice President  –Programming, 2006-2010) 
  • State Ballet of Rhode Island (Board Member, 2009-2010) 
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Committee on Lawyers for the Arts (2000-2009) 
  • Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (2002-2009)
  • 200 South Biscayne Blvd.
    Suite 2600
    Miami, FL 33131