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Susan D. Rector

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Dublin, OH

Peterson Conners LLP
545 Metro Pl S, Suite 435
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-365-7000
Fax: 614-220-0197
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2012, 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property (70%), Business/Corporate (20%), Closely Held Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Susan D. Rector is a partner at Columbus, Ohio-based Peterson Conners, LPA. Representing clients in the greater metropolitan area and throughout the state, she focuses her practice on corporate matters, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property. Ms. Rector attended Wake Forest University as an undergraduate, where she majored in economics and received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in 1981. She then enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, and in 1984, she graduated with her Juris Doctor.

A significant portion of Ms. Rector’s practice consists of advising her clients on how best to protect their brands. To that end, she has filed and prosecuted hundreds of trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and she helps them stay vigilant in the event of an infringement. Ms. Rector has also worked on trademark licensing, and her intellectual property experience has extended to copyrights, transfers, domain names, social media usage and the misappropriation of trade secrets.

Admitted to practice in Ohio, Ms. Rector has developed a superb reputation among her fellow attorneys for the high quality of her work throughout her career. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2002, and she has also received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and an “Excellent” peer review rating through Avvo. Ms. Rector is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Trademark Association and the Columbus Bar Foundation. She also serves on the board of directors of a bank holding company and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Intellectual Property
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Closely Held Business
Focus Areas



5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2012, 2022

About Susan D. Rector

First Admitted: 1984, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Listed in Best Lawyers for general business and IP since 2002
  • Best Lawyers Columbus Lawyer of the Year for Trademarks in 2012, 2016 and 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, IP and Corporate Law (2003-2015); The Best Lawyers in America, Trademark Law (2013-2015); AV rating Martindale Hubbell; Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property (2011-2014); Woman of Achievement, YWCA (2012); Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) - Twelve Women You Should Know (2010); Leadership Columbus, Hall of Fame (inducted 2010); Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Board Leadership Award (2009); Who's Who in America (2005 to present); Who's Who in the World; Two Thousand Notable American Women; The World Who's Who of Women; Best Lawyers in America; American Cancer Society, Women's Golf Event: The Executive Babe, Volunteer of the Year Award (2007); Robert S. Crane, Jr. Young Philanthropist Award - United Way of Central Ohio (2001); Mel Schottenstein Leadership Award - Community Shelter Board (2000);Columbus Bar Association - Community Service Award (1997); Business First's 40 under 40 Award (1994); Community Leader Award from the Columbus Women's Network (1993); Ten Outstanding Young Citizens (1993); Presidents' Award of Junior League of Columbus (1989)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ohio
  • Columbus Bar Foundation - Fellow (1995-present); Chair - Long Range Planning Committee (2007-2008); Board of Trustees (1996-2004); President (2003); Vice President (2002); Secretary/Treasurer (2001); Chair - Grants Committee (1999-2002); Chair, New Fellows Committee (1996-1997); Columbus Bar Association - Nominating Committee for Board of Governors (1999); Long Range Planning Committee (1998-1999); Civility Program (1996-present); American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law and Science & Technology Law Sections; American Bar Foundation - Life Fellow; Ohio State Bar Association - Intellectual Property Board of Governors (1998-2003); International Trademark Association - The Trademark Reporter Committee; Ohio TechAngel Fund II and III - Member; X Squared Angels - Founding Member, Membership Chair; Women Presidents’ Organization; Peoples Bancorp Inc. and Peoples Bank, N.A. - Board of Directors; Board of Directors of CBS Agency, Inc., the subsidiary that endorses and sells insurance products to bar members (1992-1995); Lawyers for Justice Project (1995-present)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Children's Hunger Alliance - Menu of Hope Steering Committee Chair, past President , Chair of Board (2011-2012), Board of Trustees (2007- 2013); Development Committee Chair (2008-2009); Executive Committee (November 2008- 2013); Columbus Zoo Association Board - Chairman (2007-2008), Chair - Executive Director Search Committee (2008), Chair - Campaign Study Committee (2007), Honorary Docent (2006), President (2005-2006), Vice President (2003-2004), Zoo Fund (1998-2007), Board of Directors (2001-present), City Appointee to the Board (2003 to present), Audit Committee (2011-present), Development Committee (1998-2004) and Chair (2001-2003), Chair of 2000 Zoo Fund that raised $1.2 million for the Islands of Southeast Asia, Vice Chair of Major Gifts Division of 1999 Zoo Fund, Association Board (1998-present); United Way of Central Ohio - Resource Development Committee (2008- present); Women Presidents' Organization - Columbus Chapter II (2007-present); Chair of Women Empowering Women Luncheon (2011); Member, Columbus Metropolitan Club (1991-present); Member, Columbus Club (April 2005-present); Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), past Board of Trustees, past Secretary; Women at the Table Initiative; Women's Fund of Central Ohio, Board of Trustees; PAST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: United Way of Central Ohio: co-Chair, Alexis de Tocqueville Committee (2006), co-Captain of 2006 Alexis de Tocqueville Society in support of the United Way of Central Ohio's annual campaign, Board Member (1996-2005), Chair - Board Governance Committee (2003-2005), Chair - Ohio United Way Oversight Committee (2003-2005), Nominating Committee (2002-2003), Chair - Ad Hoc Committee on Agency Partnerships (1999), Chair of the Health Vision Council and Executive Committee (1996-1999), co-Chair of Partnership Committee and Resource Coordination Committee (1994-1996), co-Chair of Special Affiliations Subcommittee (1994-1996), co-Chair and Executive Committee Member of the Planning, Evaluation and Allocation Committee (1993-1994), Campaign Cabinet (1991), Allocations Volunteer (1988-1997), Ad Hoc Committee to develop a Conflict of Interest Policy (1994), Ad Hoc Committee for Child Abuse Prevention Funding (1993); The Academy for Leadership and Governance - Editorial Advisory Committee for "The Search Book: A Guide to Executive Search" (2007); The International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals (the Wilds) Board (2003-2006); President's Institute, The Academy for Leadership and Governance (2006); The Columbus Foundation, Advancement Committee (2000-2004); Babe Zaharias Golf Classic (most successful women's golf fundraiser for American Cancer Society in the country), Executive Babe - Chair (2002-2006), Volunteer of the Year (2007); Center for New Directions - Advisory Board (1998- 2003); Tutor, Stewart Avenue Elementary School (2004-2006); Barrett Middle School - Columbus Public Schools - Tutor (2000- 2002); Community Research Partners - member of the founding Board of Directors and Secretary/Treasurer (2000-2002); Operation Feed - Strategic Planning Committee (1999-2000); Junior League of Columbus - President (1997-1998), President-Elect (1996-1997), Board of Directors (1989-1990; 1995-1998), Community Team Vice President (1995-1996), Provisional co-Chair (1993-94), Chair of Literacy Project (1986-1991); Secretary, Board of Directors (1989-1990), Active member (1985-1999), Sustaining member (1999- present); FIRSTLINK, Inc. formerly CALLVAC Services, Inc. - President (1994), Vice President (1993), Chair - Human Race Steering Committee (1995), co-Chair (1996), Chair - Resource Development Committee (1991-1992), Board of Directors (1990-1995); Project L.O.V.E. - Immunization Registry Advisory Council (1998-2000); Columbus Area Leadership Program (1988-1989); Member - Capital Club (1998-2004).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: “Touched by an Angel,” Enterprising Women, Vol. 12, No. 3., 2011, “Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the 21st Century,” "Resources to Take Valuable Technology to Market,” OSU Discovery, Innovation & Commercialization Workshop Series, Commercialization and Incubation of Intellectual Property, OSU Medical Center and Fisher College of Business, July 30, 2010, The Advertising Federation, Black Hills Chapter, Rapid City, South Dakota, April 20, 2010, "Data Theft Concerns Rise During Economic Downturn," Breakfast Exchange, Schottenstein Zox & Dunn, March 31, 2009. "Copyright and Other Legal Considerations for Photographers," The Focus Group, March 13, 2009. "Virtual Worlds, Social Networks, Blogs and More," International Trademark Association Trademark Law and the Internet Forum, San Francisco, CA, February 9, 2009. , Resources to Take Valuable Technology to Market,” OSU Discovery, Innovation & Commercialization Workshop Series, Commercialization and Incubation of Intellectual Property, OSU Medical Center and Fisher College of Business, July 30, 2010.

Representative Clients

  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and related companies

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Harry S. Truman National Scholar, 1979
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Trademark Lawyer of the Year - Columbus, 2013

Educational Background

  • B.A. in Economics, Wake Forest University, Magna Cum Laude with Honors, 1981

Industry Groups

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Startups
  • Technology Companies
  • Women Owned Enterprises
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Office Location for Susan D. Rector

545 Metro Pl S
Suite 435
Dublin, OH 43017

Phone: 614-365-7000

Fax: 614-220-0197

Last Updated: 6/22/2021

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