Luedeka Neely Group was founded by Edwin M. Luedeka. When Ed moved to Knoxville in 1968, he was a senior partner in the Chicago patent law firm Fitch, Even, Tabin & Luedeka, where he had spent over 20 years as a first chair trial lawyer. Ed decided the Chicago firm needed a Knoxville office. Ed chose Knoxville because he liked the area, having lived there before World War II working as a chemical engineer for Alcoa Inc.
The Knoxville office existed as a part of the Chicago firm until they separated in about 1978. Friendships were maintained and the two firms referred business back and forth for many years.
Andy Neely joined the firm in 1982 after working in Dallas and Nashville for the previous five years. When Ed retired, he sold his interest in the firm to Andy, but he continued to work for about 10 more years. Ed died in 1999, six days short of his 79th birthday, after a nine year battle with bone cancer.
Today, LuedekaNeely continues to specialize in intellectual property law, with patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and rights of publicity being the focus of the firm’s practice.
As the oldest intellectual property law firm in the Tennessee, LuedekaNeely serves established companies and emerging enterprises around the globe. The firm strives to help clients maximize the value of their intellectual property in domestic and international markets. The firm’s practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, intellectual property licensing, trademark oppositions and cancellations, copyright applications, and intellectual property litigation before federal and state courts.