Paul Godfread

Paul Godfread’s practice focuses on intellectual property and business law. His previous work experience in information technology has allowed him to find practical solutions to problems involving law and technology. During law school, he worked as a research assistant to Professor Ken Port and in the legal department at Ecolab, Inc. In addition to handling copyright and trademark matters, he enjoys First Amendment and civil rights cases.

Paul is also an adjunct faculty member of William Mitchell College of Law teaching copyright law.


B.A., Saint Olaf College
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court
District of Minnesota
District of North Dakota
Western District of Wisconsin

Memberships and Professional Affiliations:

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota State Bar Association – Computer and Technology Law Section
American Bar Association – Cyberspace Law Committee Member
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Community Service and Involvement

Minnesota Fringe Festival – Board Member 2013 – 2014
Electronic Frontier Foundation
– Volunteer attorney
Dayton’s Bluff District Council – Board Member 2004-2010
Online Media Legal Network – Pro Bono Assistance


“Law and Social Media” with Kelcey Patrick-Ferree, JMU612, April 5, 2012.

“Cyberbullying Trends and Legal Implications” with Julie Hertzog, Joint presentation of the MSBA Computer & Technology Law and Children and the Law Sections, November 9, 2010.

“Staying Legal Online: A Guide to Internet Law” International Association of Business Communicators, MN Chapter, October 21, 2010.

“Copyright Law and DRM: Challenges of eBooks for Libraries” Hennepin County Libraries, August 12, 2010.

“Fixating on Copyrights” Ignite Minneapolis. April 22, 2009.

“Click Agree to Continue: Internet Exceptionalism in Contract Law” with Jeff Anderson, MSBA Computer and Technology Law Section Meeting, March 10, 2009.


Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, 2nd Ed. Chapter 3: “Trademarks, Marketing, and Advertising” with Cheryl Balough and Kristine Dorrain. edited by Juliet M. Moringiello. ABA Business Law Section (2012).

Bringing John Doe To Court: Procedural Issues in Unmasking Anonymous Internet Defendants, with Robert G. Larson, 38 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 328 (2012).

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Recent Developments in Section 230 Immunity Cases, 67 Bus. Law. 369 (2011).

Developments in Domain Names, co-authored with Kristine Dorrain, 66 Bus. Law. 221 (2010).

“Watch” Out for the First Sale Doctrine: Costco v. Omega, MIPLA New Matter Newsletter, June 2010.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Legal Handbook Chapter: Intellectual Property, co-authored with Maureen Ventura, 2010.

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Domain Names, co-authored with Kristine Dorrain, 65 Bus. Law. 251 (2009)