Meet the Attorneys

Kate Strain

Kate Dodson Strain founded Strain Law in 2019 bringing a thorough knowledge of trademark, franchise, and business law acquired over 16 years first at a large regional firm, Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C. and then at Belzer PC, an intellectual property boutique firm. Kate has handled many trademark and other intellectual property matters at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as in the state and federal courts. Not only has she filed and successfully obtained hundreds of trademark registrations for clients all over the US, she also filed many foreign trademark applications and has worked with attorneys all over the world to obtain trademark protection for clients in other countries. Additionally, Kate is well versed in the realm of copyright protection after having filed numerous copyright applications at the US Copyright Office.


Marianna Markley

Marianna Markley is an associate attorney in the Atlanta office of Strain Law. Focusing her intellectual property law practice on trademark and copyright registrations, Marianna has experience providing corporate and individual clients with the requisite protection of their intellectual property. She has successfully obtained numerous trademark registrations for start-ups, not for profits, professional services firms, artists, and entrepreneurs.
A graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, Marianna was an editor on the Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law. Marianna also graduated Summa Cum Laude from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.