Zareefa Burki Flener

Zareefa Burki Flener

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Chicago, IL

Flener IP & Business Law
 | 77 W Washington St, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-882-1193
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (80%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Urdu
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Zareefa is the Founder and Managing Partner at FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW, a Women-Owned intellectual property and business/corporate law firm. Zareefa has around two decades of experience managing international and domestic patent and trademark portfolios in a wide range of areas.


She is well regarded by her clients and her peers, worldwide, is included in the iam Patent 1000, and is recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an IP Star and as one of the Top 250 Women in IP.


She received her Master of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago, With Distinction, an accolade which had never before been awarded to a graduate student. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a double major in Psychology. Her scientific research and experience spans ten years and is in two particularly explosive areas: HIV transmission and pathology, and mapping of the human genome, and she graduated from her Masters with High Distinction. She is well published in the field of HIV pathology in such journals as the American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Immunology, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.


Zareefa has had the honor of being involved in the quickly growing and changing cannabis industry since what seems like inception, but at least for the last six years, assisting companies in achieving prominence and value in an increasingly crowded field. While her science background is useful in understanding inventions related to the plant, her business acumen and holistic approach to a client’s business goals has led to successfully achieving client’s goals. For instance, a client was awarded TIME.com’s invention of the year award, and another has been recognized by FAST Company as one of the most innovative companies in the industry. 

About Zareefa Flener

Admitted: 2003, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.fleneriplaw.com/our-team.html

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Zareefa is the Founder and Managing Partner at FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW, a Women-Owned intellectual property and business/corporate law firm. Zareefa has almost two decades of experience managing international and domestic patent and trademark portfolios in a wide range of areas.   She is well regarded by her clients and her peers, worldwide, is included in the iam Patent 1000, and is recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an IP Star and as one of the Top 250 Women in IP.   She received her Master of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago, With Distinction, an accolade which had never before been awarded to a graduate student. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a double major in Psychology. Her scientific research and experience spans ten years and is in two particularly explosive areas: HIV transmission and pathology, and mapping of the human genome, and she graduated from her Masters with High Distinction.  She is well published in the field of HIV pathology in such journals as the American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Immunology, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Always meeting new adventures head on, Zareefa has been representing sophisticated clients in the Cannabis space for at least for the last six years. Her holistic approach to growth and value has helped companies in achieving prominence and value in an increasingly crowded field. For instance, a client was awarded TIME.com’s invention of the year award, and another has been recognized by FAST Company as one of the most innovative companies. Zareefa continues to speak at conferences and publish in well regarded journals, and invites queries from all areas of technology and business. , 2003

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • WBE-Certified woman-owned business., 2019

Educational Background:

  • I did an MSc in Biology, graduated with high distinction, an award never before awarded. I mapped the distal end of the short arm of chromosome 21.  At the same time as drafting my thesis I worked at Northwestern University in an HIV lab where we studied mother infant transmission.  I am a registered patent attorney. I was the first female partner in my first firm’s Chicago office (102 year old firm) and founded Flener IP & Business Law, a women-owned firm. We have been honored with awards from iam, MIP, and humbled by the greatest of honors ie referrals from clients and attorneys alike.

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Office Location for Zareefa Burki Flener

77 W Washington St
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60602

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Last Updated: 9/10/2020

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