Susan Westlake

Susan Westlake (retired) was of counsel in Kaplan Levenson P.C.’s Intellectual Property practice. Ms. Westlake’s practice focused on trademarks and all aspects of brand identity.

Ms. Westlake graduated magna cum laude and received her J.D. in 1979 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Michigan.

Prior to moving to New York in 1985, Ms. Westlake practiced at the San Diego law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton, & Scripps. A corporate attorney at Luce Forward, Ms. Westlake founded the firm’s intellectual property practice.

Ms. Westlake was then for many years Trademark Counsel for the restaurant division of PepsiCo, Inc., overseeing responsibility for all brand identity and trademark issues of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, Chevy’s Mexican Restaurants and California Pizza Kitchen.

She also practiced at General Electric, where she was responsible for the company’s international trademark portfolio, and was the key trademark resource attorney for GE’s energy, technology, capital consumer and industrial divisions.

Ms. Westlake joined Kaplan & Levenson P.C. in 2007 and retired in 2022.


J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, 1979
Editor of the Law Review

B.S. University of Michigan


Ms. Westlake is admitted to practice in New York and California.