Sam Skains-Menchaca's practice includes defending, enforcing, investigating, licensing and protecting intellectual property rights in a broad array of contexts in the United States and abroad.


Sam's practice focuses on domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement and transactions involving the investigation, sharing, transfer, and use of intellectual property, including assignment, assumption, distribution, license, purchase, and terms of use agreements.

Sam represents clients in a wide range of industries, including apparel and fashion, banking, biotechnology, electronics, energy, entertainment and film, manufacturing and software. Before practicing law, Sam studied ecology, evolution, & organismal biology and spanish at Vanderbilt University and held a position as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Biological Laboratories. She graduated from the Tulane University School of Law, where she achieved the highest grade in her international business transactions course.



  • Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Law "Ones to Watch," 2023-2024
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Star", Intellectual Property, 2022-2023
  • Co-Chair, Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA & Canada Young Members Congress (YMC), 2023-2024

  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA) The Women’s LeadershIP Initiative Project Team, 2023-2024

  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA) Young Practitioners Committee, 2022-2023
  • Wells Fargo Diversity College, 2023
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) Young Members Congress and Women in Licensing Alliance
  • Member, Community Building Initiative’s Leaders Under 40, Class 9, 2019-2020
  • Lab work contribution to Mandel JR, McAssey EV, Roland RM, McCauley DE. 2012. Mitochondrial Gene Diversity Associated with the atp9 Stop Codon in Natural Populations of Wild Carrot (Daucus carota ssp. carota). Journal of Heredity. 103(3):418-425.




  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Charlotte Women Attorneys
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)


J.D., Tulane University

B.S., Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology, Vanderbilt University, cum laude


  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


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