Education: Bar Admission:
R. Austin Blakeslee graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2013 and joined the Blakeslee Law Firm immediately thereafter. He was admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia in 2014. During his time with the firm, he was heavily involved in the firm’s anticounterfeiting practice and in copyright and related matters involving the literary estate of a celebrated American poet. In October 2021, he left the firm to join the trademark practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an attorney-adviser.

At Tulane, he earned a Certificate in International and Comparative Law. He also concentrated heavily on intellectual property law, with an emphasis on copyright law.

During law school, he worked with ELLA, the Entertainment Law Legal Association, a pro bono program that provides legal services to artists and entertainers in southern Louisiana. In addition, he worked with the Durationator® research project, a software program designed to facilitate inquiries into copyright duration around the world. He also helped to prepare the Tulane University Law School’s Reply Comment to the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry regarding orphan works.

After his second year of law school, Mr. Blakeslee worked as a summer law clerk for the Blakeslee Law Firm, where he was heavily involved in trial preparation, trial, and post-trial briefing for a Section 337 investigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission. After his first year, he attended Tulane’s Summer Abroad Program in Siena, Italy, a program focused on the international preservation of cultural heritage.

Before entering law school, Mr. Blakeslee worked as a paralegal for a general practice law firm in New Orleans, where he helped to represent clients in the civil courts of Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and Tangipahoa Parish.

Mr. Blakeslee is a 2008 cum laude graduate of Tulane University, with degrees in Art History and Italian. During his junior year, he was a regularly enrolled student at the Università di Firenze in Florence, Italy. His interest in art and things international continues to this day.


Italian (oral and written fluency)

French (reading knowledge)

Spanish (reading knowledge)

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