Barbara I. Berschler, has, since 1985, advised business owner’s throughout the Maryland-Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas.   Her practice consists of general business and commercial law, such as corporations , LLCs, contracts, commercial leases, with a special focus on intellectual property matters associated with copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.  In order to expand the kinds of legal services she could offer her business clients, Ms. Berschler attended the Washington College of Law and received an LLM degree concentrating on intellectual property subject matter.

Ms. Berschler has written many articles covering important business and intellectual property law topics. She has conducted numerous business and intellectual property law workshops for such organizations as: SCORE, U.S. SBA; the Writer’s Center, Bethesda; and the Maryland Small Business Development Center.

The Law Office of Barbara I. Berschler is centrally located in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Washington, DC.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    Major: Focused on Intellectual Property
  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Published Works

  • “What Are You Doing to Protect Your Trade Secrets?”, Smart Business Ideas, May, 2008
  • “Who Owns Intellectual Property?”, Smart Business Ideas, December, 2007
  • “Deal on Distance Learning Still Faces Pro-License Pressures”, IP Supplement to Legal Times, March 24, 2003
  • “Some Rules for Negotiating Your Retail Lease”, Merchant, Newsletter of the Maryland Retail Merchants Association, March, 1995
  • Don’t Let Your Franchise Agreement and Lease Conflict, Merchant, Newsletter of the Maryland Retail Merchants Association, December, 1995
  • Cooperative Efforts in Lease Negotiations, Franchising World, Magazine of the International Franchise Association, March/April, 1996
  • Patience and Careful Eye Needed in Negotiating Office Space, Executive Update, Magazine of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, April, 1996

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Intellectual Property Basics for Copyright, Trademarks, Trade Secrets and Licenses Workshop for SCORE, U.S. SBA, Washington, DC
  • How to Purchase a Franchise and How to Make Your Business Successful, Howard University School of Continuing Education, Silver Spring, MD
  • Pre-Business Workshops for SCORE, U.S. SBA, Washington, DC
  • Intellectual Property Basics Workshop, Rockville Economic Development, Inc, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar, Member 1978 – Present
  • District of Columbia Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section, Co-Chair 2006 – 2010, Member 2006 – Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member 2010 – Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections, Member 2010 – Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Member 1985 – 2017

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