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Mindi S. Giftos

Mindi S. Giftos

Office Managing Partner
Madison
office: 608.234.6076
fax: 608.258.7138
Overview

A legal and civic leader, Mindi is a staunch advocate for her clients and community. She serves as managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Madison office and co-leads the firm’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Breach Response teams.

She closely tracks developments in the law and ensures the firm’s service and offerings in these areas address the rapidly changing and complex legal, regulatory and risk environments in which clients operate. 

Mindi is a seasoned counselor in emerging information technology and intellectual property matters. She works closely with companies and individuals to achieve success in the following areas:

  • Recognizing and addressing privacy and security issues in all levels of product development, vendor contracting and in providing products and services to customers
  • Developing and launching IoT products and services
  • Using open source software and preparing open source policies and procedures
  • Data breach preparedness planning
  • Responding to large and small data breaches, including those involving sensitive information (including credit card information) and hacker extortion attempts
  • Identifying and protecting valuable intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and data
  • Litigating and resolving intellectual property and technology disputes in state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Litigating and resolving defamation, right of privacy and right of publicity actions
  • Licensing, selling and acquiring intellectual property and technology assets
  • Developing and maintaining enforceable confidentiality and trade secret programs
  • Preparing and negotiating complex technology transactions
  • Ensuring compliance with advertising laws and regulatory guidelines
  • Developing online contests and promotions, enforceable website terms and policies, and ADA-compliant websites

Mindi also focuses on making the Madison area a better place to live, especially for young people. Her community service work includes founding a chapter of, and serving in leadership roles for, Girls on the Run; and contributing volunteer legal hours to the Student Expulsion and Prevention Project (StEPP), which helps keep students learning in the classroom.


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Services

Recognition

  • Wisconsin Law Journal, Women in the Law, 2017
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013
  • Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society, 2015

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law
    • with honors
      • Editor in Chief, Journal of Technology Law & Policy, 1999
      • Book Awards, Intellectual Property Litigation and Techniques of Growth Management
  • B.S., Florida State University

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Director, 2016-present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • International Trademark Association 
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association 
Experience
  • Won summary judgment and attorneys’ fees for a professional organization in a copyright infringement suit that hinged on whether the organization’s volunteers were agents under the “work made for hire” doctrine.
Thought Leadership
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Community Leadership
  • StEPP - Student Expulsion and Prevention Project, volunteer pro bono attorney
  • Girls on the Run Cottage Grove, local founder and coach
  • Girls on the Run Dane County, Director, 2011-present; Board Chair, 2013-2015
  • Avenues to Community, President and Board Member, 2008-2013
  • CATCH - Community Around the Children's Hospital