International Society of Primerus Law Firms
Susan E. Chetlin, Of Counsel
Practice Areas:
  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property

Phoenix Attorney
Susan E. Chetlin, Of Counsel

Phone: 602.274.7611


Languages: English

Sue is a registered patent attorney and intellectual property attorney with a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating – the highest rating available. Sue has worked at big firms, boutique firms, and as in-house counsel and draws on all that experience in approaching intellectual property protection from a business point of view.

Before joining Burch & Cracchiolo, Sue had her own IP boutique firm which was recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm after just three years. Sue previously was a Director at Fennemore Craig, where she headed the IP practice group.

Sue has extensive experience in intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies for business, which is informed by many years of experience in IP and commercial litigation. Sue has represented clients in a wide variety of businesses and industries, including mining, equipment repair and manufacturing, robotics, insulation, geospatial technologies, autonomous systems, materials handling and transportation, armor and online businesses. Technical fields include: chemical compositions and processes, chemical processes for extractive metallurgy, nanotechnology, metal powders, geospatial and radar imagery, geopositioning systems, path planning, robotics, linear synchronous motor systems, non-destructive testing systems, radiation detection systems, renewable energy, water filtration, film coating systems and computer-software implemented methods.


  • Princeton University, The Woodrow Wilson School, A.B., 1979
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Daniel J. Herrmann, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware, 1984-1985

Admitted In

  • Arizona (2010), Colorado (1998), District of Columbia (inactive) 1985, Pennsylvania (1984)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • And various other United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts

Presentations and Publications

  • “IP for Entrepreneurs: Keeping it All Straight,” presented at ASU SparXX Community Workshop, March 2016 and April 2017
  • “Start-Ups Are Not Just in Silicon Valley,” AZ-Lifestyle, July 2014
  • “Mining Your Other Assets: Avoiding Pitfalls When It Comes to Protecting Your Inventions,” Industrial Minerals Association – North America, 2013 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, March 4-6, 2013
  • “Mining Your Other Assets: Dispelling Common Misconceptions About Patents and Other Intellectual Property,” 33 Energy & Min. L. Istit. §§ 3.01-3.03 (2012) (presented at the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation 33rd Annual Institute, June 2012)
  • Getting Value Out of Your IP, published in “The World’s Foremost Authorities on IP Law,” ExecSense, June 28, 2012
  • “Maximizing Value by Protecting Your Intellectual Property Assets,” presented at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Annual Meeting, February 2012
  • Recent Developments in Patent Law, Intellectual Property Section, Colorado Bar Association (March 2007)
  • Book Review of “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law,” 35 Colo. Lawyer 121 (Sept. 2006)

Honors & Awards

  • Dillard Fellow, University of Virginia
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 (the highest available), by Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers, Technology Law, 2017-2018
  • Women Leaders in the Law, Forbes, 2013-2018
  • IP Stars, Managing IP Magazine, 2013-2019
  • 2018 Top Rated Litigator
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Plaintiffs, 2012-2015
  • Top 150 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Plaintiffs, 2013

Other Relevant Employment

  • Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
  • Partner, Dahl & Chetlin, LLP (formerly Dahl & Osterloth, LLP)
  • Senior Attorney, Cyprus Amax Minerals Company
  • Senior Attorney, MAPCO Coal, Inc.
  • Associate, Crowell & Moring
  • Paralegal, Williams & Connolly

Community Involvement

  • Shea Group, Chair, 2018-2019
  • Arizona Commerce Authority, Venture Ready Panelist

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law

Contact This Firm

Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

1850 North Central Avenue
Suite 1700
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

Law Firm Contact: David M. Villadolid

Tel: 602.274.7611

Fax: 602.234.0341



Member Since: 2009

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