New Website Launch!

The PLK Law Group is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. We’ve been working hard for the past few months to rebuild our website from the ground up in order to provide a more streamlined and up-to-date user experience. We hope this website gives visitors and prospective clients new opportunities to learn more about our firm and how we may be of help to you or your business.

We would like to extend a big thanks to our summer associates Chad (homepage design), Phil (structure and content) and Tyler (visuals and design) for their contributions to the making of the website.

We will be constantly updating our website as new information or features become available. Feel free to contact us anytime should you have any questions. 

PLK Law Advocates on behalf of Simone Kelly-Brown in Own Your Power Trademark Lawsuit


Simone Kelly-Brown is the owner of the federally registered trademark, “Own Your Power,” one of the notable brands that The PLK Law Group has worked to secure for its clients.   This combination of words was deliberately chosen  and used to identify Simone Kelly-Brown and her company, Own Your Power Communications, Inc., as the source for self-awareness and motivational communication services.  Despite Kelly-Brown’s attempt to prevent confusion by obtaining exclusive ownership of her OYP Trademark from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”), Kelly-Brown became aware of a confusingly similar misuse of her trademark.


Simone Kelly-Brown notified her attorney that her OYP Trademark – designated by an “O” for Own, “Y” for Your, and “P” for Power arranged to create the Own Your Power® word mark – the unique concept that manifests the thought and imagination that anyone can live their best life by believing “anything you want in life is attainable,” and her exclusive rights were being compromised.  The PLK Law Group recognizes that much like your home, car or bank account, intellectual property is an asset that needs protection from misuse and theft.  While intellectual property can bring profit to its owners and add value to any brand or business, its misuse does the exact opposite.  Kelly-Brown’s use of her already registered and OYP Trademark was even mirrored, with the first letter of each word used to identify others as the source for individuals to “live [their] best life” through self-awareness and motivational communication.


Parties Oprah Winfrey; Harpo Productions; Harpo, Inc.; Hearst Corporation; Hearst Communications, Inc.; Wells Fargo & Company; Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.; Clinique Laboratories, LLC; and Chico’s FAS, Inc. received a cease and desist letter notifying them of Kelly-Brown’s exclusive rights to the OYP Trademark, timely notification that any infringing use should be stopped.  However, these parties continued to explicitly hold themselves out as operating “in Partnership with” one another in their national, multimedia, cross-promotional campaign of deliberate use of Simone Kelly-Brown’s OYP Trademark.  This use included at a minimum: running an Own Your Power event, repeatedly publicizing the services offered at that event in The Oprah Magazine, on The Oprah Show and on the internet, and offering services online.  Such use has saturated the market such that the public has since become confused, thinking that Simone Kelly-Brown, the owner of the OYP Trademark, is the secondary user or “copycat” of the OYP Trademark.


Kelly-Brown thus filed a complaint with the New Jersey District Court on July 28, 2011, alleging, among other things: trademark infringement, reverse confusion, trademark counterfeiting, tortious interference with prospective business and/or economic advantage, as well as vicarious and contributory trademark infringement.  A large amount of media coverage has since ensued while the defendants, named above, were in the process of being served.  A preliminary injunction was likewise filed, asking the Court to enjoin these parties, now defendants in the own your power lawsuit, from such infringing use that is already causing her trademark permanent harm.  The Own Your Power preliminary injunction with exhibits was filed on August 12, 2011.

Divine Diamonds Press


The PLK Law Group works with Divine Diamonds to protect its Ah Ring as featured in various magazines and newspapers.

Count Me In!

Patricia Lawrence Kolaras was recognized by “Count Me In,” an organization featured on NBC’s Today Show whose focus is to identify successful companies owned by women. The Count Me In Organization is in affiliation with NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners.

The PLK Law Group Welcomes New Associates Adraea M. Brown And Michael J. Wheeler

Adraea M. Brown received her law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire in 2010. While in law school, Ms. Brown clerked for the Hon. Milton S. Wharton in the 20th Circuit Court of Illinois and was a member of the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Team. Ms. Brown received her Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Michael J. Wheeler received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey in 2010. While in law school, Mr. Wheeler interned at Robin Rolfe Resources, a New Jersey consultancy firm servicing law firms and legal departments, and at Mandell Menkes LLC, a Chicago law firm. Mr. Wheeler was also a member the Seton Hall Law Moot Court Board and participated in the 2009-2010 Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. Mr. Wheeler received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Kolaras Is A Featured Speaker At 2010 Own Your Power Biz Conference

Patricia Lawrence Kolaras attended the 2009 Own Your Power Biz Conference, held on September 18, 2010, as a featured speaker. Kolaras educated the audience on such topics as creating and embellishing a personal and business brand, building and keeping business networks, developing partnerships, the art of negotiation and sealing the deal, legal aspects of partnerships and sponsorships, as well as other topics touching upon both business and the law.

PLK - Bringing Expertise to Brand Development

                Patricia Lawrence-Kolaras, Esq. is a noted legal expert and popular guest, with features on several television and radio programs including MSNBC’s “Your Business,” BET’s “Top 5,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” Miami’s “Own Your Power” radio show and nationally syndicated radio program, “The Wendy Williams Experience.”  Kolaras has also been the topic of numerous articles focusing on her success in the legal profession, including features in Inc Magazine and FraserNet.  Kolaras has also contributed her legal opinion in an article published by Commerce Magazine which addressed the impact of digital downloading in the music industry, and as a panelist, Kolaras often participates in various legal and entertainment discussions throughout New York and New Jersey.