Our Team: Shehla Syed

IP Strategist & Litigator, Trademark, Copyright & Patent Attorney
Practice Areas Education
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
Johns Hopkins University, B.A. Biology & Economics
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Email Address Phone Number


Shehla Syed is a Shareholder IP Strategist and Litigator who counsels clients on all aspects of their intellectual property. Shehla has extensive experience helping companies maximize the value and enforceability of their content, brands and technology, including trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. Shehla’s trademark practice includes the selection, screening, prosecution, licensing, maintenance and enforcement of domestic and international trademarks. She also advises clients on copyright matters, including registration, licensing, maintenance and enforcement.


Shehla is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has litigated intellectual property cases before the United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, Delaware, Middle District of Florida and District of New Jersey, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Shehla also assists clients in domain name disputes and online brand protection in federal court or arbitration before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) or the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


Ms. Syed advises clients on patent matters and has litigated patent cases in numerous federal courts. She has counseled clients in a variety of technological fields, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, computer software, and material sciences.

Recognition and Awards

Best Law Firms 2023   rated by Super Lawyers for 5 years  

Shehla is recognized by Boston magazine’s Top Lawyers™ 2023,  Best Lawyers (2023) and Super Lawyers (since 2019) in her areas of expertise. In 2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association awarded Shehla their Excellence in the Law award in the category of Up & Coming Lawyers. Since 2022, West Hill has been named to the metropolitan ranking list in Boston Tier 2 – Litigation and Intellectual Property in the 2023 US News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms.

Past Experience

Before joining West Hill, Shehla was in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block as a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group. She has also practiced at Roper & Quigg in Chicago and Venable, Baetjer & Howard in Baltimore.


Ms. Syed received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and served on the Journal of International Economic Law. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional and Community Involvement

Shehla is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Boston Intellectual Property Law Association, and the New England Muslim Bar Association, for which she was one of the founding members. Shehla has also served on the Community Ethics Committee at the Division of Medical Ethics of Harvard Medical School which provides ethics feedback to Harvard teaching hospitals.

Email Address: ssyed@westhill.law
Direct Dial:  978.274.7053

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