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Mariessa Terrell
Intellectual Property Attorney
Founder, SBC Law Group

Intellectual property attorney, Mariessa Terrell, is the founder of SBC Law Group, a boutique brand management and intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC. Through her firm, Mariessa provides docketing, marketing, licensing, and intellectual property law services to a variety of clients including: Lockheed Martin Corporation Information Systems and Global Services; the University of the District of Columbia; the Washington Baptist Seminary; the High Tea Society (a local non profit organization); Global Villages Publishing; Gloria Gelfand Marketing Company; Soapy Love cosmetics; local retailers; and international artists and fashion designers.

Prior to starting her own firm in 2003, Mariessa served as a trademark attorney for the US Patent and Trademark Office where she prosecuted trademarks for leaders in the publishing, fashion and beauty industries. Mariessa also served as a law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Cheryl Long, who presided over the Tax Division of the Superior Court of District of Columbia.

An expert in the field of marketing and intellectual property, Mariessa has lectured on branding and trademark law at Howard University, the Arts Institute of Washington, DC, and has taught a MBA graduate studies Advanced Marketing Management course at Southeastern University.

Mariessa decided to get involved with DC politics in 2005. Her goal was to help develop strategic ways to brand Washington, DC as a fashion destination in an effort to recapture the millions of dollars DC residents spend shopping outside of the city limits.

In 2006, Mariessa initiated a series of projects to not only recognize the achievements of DC's burgeoning creative communities, but also to expose District residents to fashion arts education while promoting local retailers. Her efforts resulted in a contract with the WDC Economic Partnership to create a District wide retail guide, Unique Places, and a contract with the University of the District of Columbia to assist Stephany Greene (Fashion Merchandising Coordinator for the University of District of Columbia) with researching and drafting a proposal to create a UDC Fashion Merchandising Program. (The UDC Fashion Merchandising Program was created in September 2010. The program is part of the Community College of the District of Columbia.)

In April 2007, Mariessa drafted legislation (Bill 17-173) to create a Commission on Fashion Arts and Events in DC. Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the bill into law in April 2008.

Today, Mariessa continues to diligently champion the need for a strong fashion economy in the District while simultaneously providing her clients with exceptional, reasonably priced legal services. In 2010, SBC Law Group celebrated its 8th year by expanding its trademark practice to include five business units of Lockheed Martin Corporation located in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the United Kingdom. SBC also provides pro bono legal services through its affiliation with the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) and serves as chair of the WALA Fashion Law Committee.

Mariessa received her Bachelor of Arts from Pace University in New York City, and Howard University School of Law awarded her a Juris Doctorate degree in 1998.