Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
In 2016, Andrews Kurth took on board all 55 practitioners from leading IP boutique Kenyon & Kenyon – a move that went off without a hitch, largely due to the firms’ similar core values and working cultures. Leveraging the lasting goodwill and repute of Kenyon & Kenyon’s legacy, the IP practice operates under the name Andrews Kurth Kenyon. James Rosini
is one of the many esteemed practitioners who joined the firm in 2016. The “incredibly solid lawyer” is a highly trusted strategist and portfolio manager for numerous household names, including Sony and Volkswagen. As testament to his ability to work under pressure, he has carved out a niche assisting multinationals in emergency rebranding efforts. The “excellent” Howard Shire
is a formidable negotiator; he recently hammered out a favourable settlement for CVS Caremark Corporation in a well-publicised case in which CVS was accused of unknowingly stocking counterfeit products. Jonathan Reichman
rounds off the New York team; he is best known for safeguarding and maximising the value of rights in iconic fictional characters.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Baker & Hostetler’s soup-to-nuts trademark practice provides in-depth coverage from coast to coast; however, the New York unit has become a particularly prominent hub of anti-counterfeiting expertise. Underpinning the campaign against copycats is Heather McDonald
, who has dedicated her entire career to eliminating fake goods from the market. “She really is a standout in the anti-counterfeiting field, especially for fashion brands and luxury goods.” As further proof of her proficiency in this domain, she has been appointed as the 2016-2017 chair of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Anti-counterfeiting Committee. Accompanying her is Robert Horowitz
, a dab hand at both prosecution and contentious matters. Although he has a superb track record in the courtroom, he prides himself on his pragmatic advice that helps clients to steer clear of disputes in the first place.
Baker McKenzie LLP
Baker McKenzie is an imposing presence on the global trademark scene: it features in more jurisdictions in the WTR 1000
than any other firm. Notwithstanding its immense size, cutting-edge online infrastructure facilitates seamless communication among its myriad outposts. This makes the management of global portfolios a cinch for New York representatives Pamela Church
and Lisa Rosaya
. Church is especially adept at handling multi-layered brand transactions, including licensing, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions; she recently represented a major fashion powerhouse in a high-stakes licensing dispute. Her “opinions are clear, easy to follow and practical”, and clients are “consistently pleased with the results that she delivers”. She is “particularly helpful at brainstorming unique solutions to complicated scenarios”. Rosaya can resolve any branding quandary that arises and is responsible for the clearance and prosecution of Unilever’s US portfolio, as well as its domestic trademark enforcement and disputes. “She knows the law, is very dedicated and personable, and continues to leave her mark on the trademark scene.” She also stays at the forefront of online and domain name issues, and has written and spoken extensively in this area – including on the roll-out of the new generic top-level domains.
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Wall Street-based Carter Ledyard & Milburn boasts a robust corporate department to assist in brand transactions and an agile disputes team to defend against infringement at every turn. The versatile Rose Auslander
deploys both of these strengths to devastating effect, securing watertight protection for clients’ crown-jewel assets. She recently fended off infringers of the International Organisation for Standardisation’s ISOXPRESS mark and related violations on social media through her potent combination of shrewd counsel, enforcement muscle and negotiating acumen. “She is always friendly, professional and a pleasure to work with.”
Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
“One of the top choices in New York for trademark matters”, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman is “a world-class IP law firm that hosts some of the brightest and most experienced branding attorneys, who all work together in a collaborative manner. They are very approachable and provide practical, cost-effective advice.” Moreover, “you can be sure that its prompt and considered guidance will withstand the test of time.” “Outstanding professional” Joel Karni Schmidt
is “a highly skilled and knowledgeable attorney who covers the full spectrum of trademark work. Readily available and very responsive, he is a creative problem solver with superb negotiation skills who can deliver successful results in complex disputes.” The same can be said of the dynamic William Borchard
, who has an “excellent reputation” in the field. Kieran Doyle
counsels and litigates across a swathe of industries and is the go-to consultant for Trans-High Corporation, publisher of the world’s leading marijuana magazine. Overseas prosecution and dispute work is Lawrence Greene
’s forte: “He is a loyal partner and incredibly thoughtful about the work product that he puts out.” Mary Kevlin
likewise “possesses a high level of integrity and cares deeply about the quality of service that she provides”. Together with Richard Mandel
, she recently secured a precedential ruling for the New York Yankees that rejected a parody defence in a dilution claim. Seasoned litigator Mandel has dealt with countless complex branding issues, including cyberspace-related disputes. Eric Shimanoff
also has wide-ranging trial experience, but cuts a particularly impressive figure in the domain name sphere. “He consistently provides top-notch service to clients.”
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
The well-established trademark practice at Curtis is a top choice for brand owners, thanks to its sizeable network of international offices, client-centric practitioners and virtually unblemished record in disputes. All these factors came into play when it helped MSC Industrial Direct Co to stamp out infringement of its mark by a rival based in Germany. IP group chair Michael Graif
masterminded the win. “Responsive and easy to deal with”, he has “a breadth of experience in trademark work and can clearly explain legal concepts and strategies to people who may not be well versed in law.” Patrons appreciate his “remarkable insight into matters”: “He epitomises the term ‘IP expert’.” Partner Eric Stenshoel
focuses on the international prosecution and management of brands. “Quick to reply and with a font of experience in intellectual property, he is a real one-stop shop for time-sensitive advice.” “He is cordial and polite, with a great sense of humour. He really becomes engaged with your business and his client-handling skills are outstanding. You can have total confidence in his guidance.”
Major commercial player Davis Wright Tremaine operates across a wide range of disciplines. It is home to a nationally recognised media and entertainment practice and an equally renowned technology group, both of which intersect with its boutique-style IP practice to give its trademark practitioners unparalleled insight into industry-specific branding issues; this in turn attracts a “vibrant roster of customers”. The high-level strategic nous of “excellent” IP chair Alexandra Nicholson
has been a boon for prominent rights holders such as HBO and BlackBerry. Under her watchful eye, the practice has continued to flourish in a highly competitive market. “An outstanding litigator with a tremendous knowledge base”, Roxanne Elings
is a driving force behind the New York office’s profile in the fashion and luxury world. “She always understands key issues and knows exactly how to solve them.” The anti-counterfeiting maven recently added Giorgio Armani to her lengthy client roster: she represented the fashion icon in an action against online counterfeiters that led to a $40 million default judgment and the takedown of more than 3,000 websites selling fake goods. Contentious ace Marcia Paul
adeptly navigates the interplay between media and intellectual property; her persuasive advocacy skills are tempered by a practical, nuanced understanding of clients’ interests.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton is “one of the best firms in the world for trademark work; you can’t argue with its position at the top of the table”. “Although excellent all around, it is most famous for taking on the biggest, most sophisticated cases; it deals with the disputes that will end up before the US Supreme Court.” In line with its long tradition of firm partners pursuing public service, 2015 saw Bruce Keller withdraw from the group to become assistant US attorney for the District of New Jersey. Notwithstanding this long-planned departure, the branding team has been as busy as ever over the past year. “One of the real stars of the trademark litigation bar”, David Bernstein
has a multitude of eminent cases under his belt and continues to represent Havana Club against Bacardi in one of the world’s longest-running, most heavily publicised trademark spats. He also secured victory for Princeton Vanguard in a precedent-setting case that clarified the standard for evaluating the genericness of multi-word marks. Bernstein has “a larger-than-life reputation in this profession and he’s the real deal. He has an unmatched knowledge base, but also brings a ton of energy to his practice. He is on top of all the issues and very proactive in his management of cases.” “One of the most articulate advocates, he is a real pleasure to work with” and “is worth every penny” when it comes to complex contentious issues. Jeremy Feigelson
is another distinguished litigator who has had a particularly busy year dealing with branding and advertising disputes. A whizz at managing online matters, he heads the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy practice.
With its sprawling international network, Dentons scores maximum points for its lightning-fast services, but wins extra acclaim for a distinctively personable approach that belies its size. Led by the “bright and intuitive” Monica Richman
, the “outstanding” trademark team is “highly efficient and practical”. A “cutting-edge attorney” and branding guru in the fashion and entertainment worlds, Richman “always provides exceptional commercial advice, which she integrates seamlessly with her legal counsel”. “Extremely responsive and very respectful of budget considerations, she is a trusted voice in all key decision making.” She evinces “great wisdom and thoughtfulness in how she manages her client relationships”, with one patron raving: “I love her refreshing and comforting approach; she digs in deep to understand the nuances of your business and is always available to help you think through a situation – she is everything that I could ask for from a trademark attorney.”
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Smooth coordination between Dorsey & Whitney’s domestic and foreign outposts allows it to effortlessly serve brand owners big or small, anywhere in the world. All offices share a “universal Dorsey spirit of commitment to the client and actionable advice, delivered with a particular understanding of the local market, but also with tactful mindfulness of the US customer’s expectations”. The trademark team has “a lot of firepower and huge levels of experience, and is very responsive”. New York is home to the acclaimed contentious group, headed by Bruce Ewing
– “a strategist with an even temperament who knows how to present arguments in a succinct way”. The “smart and well-respected” Robert Wasnofski
is another robust enforcer and the firm’s key contact for big-name clients such as MasterCard and Jaguar Land Rover. Wasnofski “certainly knows what is in the best interests of his clients” and “really takes control of the relationship in a good way”. With a “deep understanding of the law”, Sandra Edelman
also has a storied courtroom career: “She is very articulate, especially before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and knows how to make an argument – it’s an art form and she’s got it down completely.” “Quick, smart and resourceful”, seasoned litigator Sarah Robertson
has experience with all facets of trademark law. “She is absolutely unmatched in the personalised attention that she provides.” Last but not least is the “very creative” Susan Progoff
, who has impressed as lead counsel in many significant trials – especially those raising novel issues. “A steady voice of reason”, she takes “a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to resolving problems”.
Marquee brands continue to rely on the vigorous protection for which Fish & Richardson’s “heavyweight trademark team” is famous. Its A-to-Z service attracts a steady stream of new instructions; Kristen McCallion
, for instance, was recently engaged by Shinola to oversee everything from meticulous prosecution to swift pre-emptive enforcement action. She is feted for extracting optimum value from clients’ marks and is a safe pair of hands for trade dress issues to boot. The “indispensable” Catherine Stockell
also shines brightly for her “impactful advice”; she “consistently proves to be a creative, quick and responsive resource”.
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Fitzpatrick doesn’t pigeonhole its trademark practitioners: its versatile lawyers can tackle the full mix of work coming down the pipeline with consummate ease. “Its knowledge and experience in this area are unlike any other. Timely and able to convey complicated issues in an easy-to-understand manner, it can adjust itself instantly to handle anything.” Head honcho Timothy Kelly
provides “well-thought-out, pragmatic and effective advice on all matters from registrations to litigation”. “If there is an issue without a clear course to take, he will engage in thoughtful discussion and arrive at a useful solution in no time at all.” Another veteran of the trademark scene is Pasquale Razzano
, “a phenomenal strategist who has great judgement and an enormous volume of experience. He strikes a successful balance between the business goals of his clients and the real-world risks of litigation.”
Foley & Lardner LLP
“Foley & Lardner possesses a fantastic team of incredibly intelligent and responsive branding and advertising practitioners. It has a broad base of international patrons for whom it is responsible not only for IP matters, but also wider corporate aspects. It works very collaboratively across offices and always thinks about both the legal and business outcomes of actions.” Commercially attuned financial services guru Jeffrey Greene
is a long-time counsellor to Citigroup, having helped to maximise the value of its myriad brands for many years; he recently helped to broker its sponsorship of the Olympic Games. His discerning guidance has also aided a plethora of emerging businesses in extremely competitive markets. The New York office’s go-to litigator is the “top-notch” Jonathan Moskin
. “Extremely talented and practical, he has a deep knowledge of intellectual property and has taken on some substantial cases.” Clients laud him as “a really reliable source of business advice”.
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
“It’s easy to recommend the trademark team at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz to any company seeking the absolute best in advice and counselling”; the advertising and media unit serves some of the biggest players across a range of industries. The recently enlisted Catherine Farrelly
has taken the reins of the trademark practice with verve. “An excellent lawyer who works well under pressure and tight deadlines”, she dispenses “advice that is always sound and practical. She goes out of her way to learn as much as she can about her client’s business so that her guidance will be even more useful.” She is supported by “one of the best all-around professionals in the field”, Donna Tobin
. “An excellent strategist and fierce litigator, she argues fearlessly in the courtroom, but is also very fair and open to working out a solution that will benefit both sides.”
“Fross Zelnick is a stunning firm with strengths in all areas of trademark prosecution and litigation, domestic and international. While many other small to medium-sized outfits are being squeezed out, Fross Zelnick is clearly an exception to the rule.” “A truly impressive set-up, it is among the hardest-working groups out there and performs fantastically on short notice.” The superiority of its prosecution practice goes unquestioned, but its “completely client-driven, collaborative and creative” lawyers are also “incredibly experienced in IP litigation and anti-counterfeiting”. The firm has more individuals ranked in a single state than any other firm in the WTR 1000
, two of whom – James Weinberger
and Janet Hoffman –
make their debut in this year’s guide. The “smart and business-minded” Weinberger has been defending DC Comics’ iconic BATMAN mark in a number of copyright and trademark infringement cases. “Well versed in trademark law and very practical”, Hoffman has “extremely broad international knowledge and a great network of contacts backing her up”. She worked diligently with Lydia Gobena
to persuade China’s Trademark Review and Adjudication Board to ascribe well-known status to Tiffany’s marks. Gobena “fully understands clients’ needs and risk tolerances”; as do Lawrence Apolzon
and Barbara Solomon
: “Their expertise, responsiveness and level of service are unparalleled.” Similarly, Carlos Cucurella
wins laurels for his “kind, considerate personality. He is an expert in his field and is the type of attorney that you are proud to know and work with”. The “impressively smart” John Margiotta
is a go-to for anti-counterfeiting mandates. “He is a specialist in luxury goods and takes a reasonable, but very effective approach to resolving disputes.” The “tough and relentless” Craig Mende
is also hailed for his contentious nous. “Very sharp and able to immediately comprehend complex arguments”, “he is a combination of every quality you would want in an advocate.” Another esteemed trial attorney is David Donahue
, whose soft IP experience is virtually boundless: he has tried all manner of trademark, copyright, design, unfair competition and publicity rights cases. The “balanced and fair” Richard Lehv
is “an experienced litigation and arbitration attorney who possesses top-notch negotiation skills”. He too has decades of soft IP know-how under his belt; as does accomplished founding partner Roger Zissu
, who is most famed for his vibrant copyright practice. David Ehrlich
and Mark Engelmann
prosecute and counsel with panache, focusing on US and international issues, respectively. The “zealous and knowledgeable” Allison Strickland Ricketts
specialises in cross-border affairs and knows the Madrid system like the back of her hand. “Her concise opinions are always really appreciated.” In a similar vein, Nadine Jacobson
has an intimate understanding of how US and international laws interact, and seamlessly stitches domestic and foreign strategy together. Concentrating on worldwide portfolio management, Cara Boyle
is “a really thoughtful practitioner who always keeps in mind how every action will affect a client’s position”. Also “highly accommodating to patrons”, Susan Upton Douglass
is “outstanding in non-contentious instructions”, but has “broad knowledge of all matters. She is one of the finest trademark lawyers in the United States”. “Excellent in global enforcement and litigation strategies”, Peter Silverman
rounds off the ensemble as “one of the best out there”.
Goodwin Procter LLP
Fiercely contested trademark disputes are familiar territory for Goodwin Procter, as evidenced by its astute representations of B&B Hardware and Pepperidge Farm in recent headline-grabbing cases. Ira Levy
masterminded both trials, prevailing at the Supreme Court for the former and securing a mutually satisfactory resolution for the latter over a competitor’s infringement of its iconic Milano cookie. “His instructions are sound and strategic, and his excellent execution in the courtroom leads to winning results.” Jessica Rothstein
packs a powerful punch for the New York office with her sage counsel and prosecution know-how. “She is a fantastic adviser who is sympathetic to the often competing needs of a company; her network of affiliates in countries around the world is also highly advantageous.”
Greenberg Traurig LLP
A sophisticated integrated platform allows Greenberg Traurig’s trademark team to harness the collective knowledge of all of the firm’s practice groups, giving it a superior degree of commercial awareness. “You would be hard pressed to find another firm with access to a level of resources equalling Greenberg Traurig’s – if its lawyers are unsure of anything, they can just call somebody else to get an answer.” This collaborative approach has attracted the attentions of household names such as Ralph Lauren, which it is defending in federal court against an action brought by Rolex. This brief is in the eminently capable hands of Alan Sutin
and Daniel Schloss
. Sutin anchors the office’s licensing practice and has outstanding transactional expertise, with a focus on cutting-edge technology-related deals. Schloss takes a “smart approach, addressing both prosecution and enforcement issues logically and thoughtfully”. In addition to his work for Ralph Lauren, he is responsible for a number of high-profile celebrity portfolios, including those of Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. The “extremely reliable” Masahiro Noda
“thinks creatively outside the box” and is a draw for Japanese businesses due to his fluency in Japanese and thorough knowledge of the market. His advice comes “fast and accurate, with concise and clear reasoning”.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
While the DC and Chicago trademark contingents of Katten Muchin Rosenman are famed for their contentious prowess, the New York post is revered for its transactional excellence. In national IP and trademark group head Karen Artz Ash
, it has one of the foremost fashion authorities in the business. “A tremendous resource for industry-specific insight into a wide range of branding problems”, she is “highly responsive and makes herself available to consult on matters that need a quick turnaround”. A prime example of this was her recent representation of Weight Watchers International in its strategic collaboration with Oprah Winfrey; she swiftly concluded the highly sensitive transaction against a very tight deadline.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
“One of the best IP practices in the United States”, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton can tackle any trademark issue imaginable from coast to coast. It is “one of only a few law firms with that level of knowledge and experience in trademark matters”. All-rounder Jason Vogel
wins warm plaudits for his astute management of international portfolios and disputes: “He consistently provides business-focused legal advice with an encyclopaedic knowledge of global IP law.” The “incredible counsellor” handles “large volumes of work seamlessly and with aplomb”. A founding partner of the New York office, Christopher Woods
also impresses with his international outlook, having spent years counselling brand owners in the United States, Europe and Asia. He currently splits his time between the Big Apple and Shanghai. The affable Georges Nahitchevansky
boasts a wealth of experience across numerous industries and has keen insight into online issues. “He is a nice guy in the best sense and his demeanour is matched only by his legal chops.” Marc Lieberstein
is the group’s transactional touchstone, meticulously conducting due diligence and negotiating complex deals for large fashion retail stores and individual designers. He also runs a thriving franchising practice. In the fashion world, Lieberstein is joined by “brilliant” litigator Lisa Pearson
. “Her approach is always extremely impressive and she is just so creative and smart.” Operating adeptly across the contentious/non-contentious divide is Stephen Feingold
, who handles thorny disputes and hefty transactional briefs without breaking a sweat.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
“Hardly any firm can match Kirkland & Ellis’s trademark proficiency.” It is “well placed in the gold tier in New York” and “one of the first to come to mind nationally”. Revered for its pristine track record in make-or-break trials – many of which set precedent – its copyright, trademark and advertising practice is also a top choice for strategic clearance work and guidance on the roll-out of new brands. Technology, entertainment and consumer goods are all strongholds for the team, which is headed by thought leader Dale Cendali
. “Incredibly intelligent but humble”, she “understands all the facts and is easy to work with”. “She will be on the shortlist for any major trademark litigation and would rightly be at the top of anybody’s list of the best trademark lawyers in the country.” She and Claudia Ray
are “outstanding individuals and together make an awesome duo”. “Tough and highly skilled, Ray is a tenacious yet fair litigator” who “manages to engender great loyalty among clients”.
Ladas & Parry LLP
Dynamic IP outfit Ladas & Parry offers a phenomenal breadth of branding expertise, which is a boon for patrons seeking a one-stop shop service. Trademark chair Dennis Prahl
is “a cost-effective, detail-oriented attorney who has sound judgement and a great work ethic.” For bet-the-farm trademark litigation, Ralph Cathcart
is the firm’s trump card. An equally persuasive force at the negotiating table, he recently brokered a favourable coexistence agreement for PPG Industries following a competitor’s opposition. The anti-counterfeiting expert also trains US Customs and Border Protection agents in the detection of fakes. For international branding concerns, look no further than Bharati Bakshani
. Qualified in India and the United Kingdom, she has filed, cleared and enforced marks in roughly 200 countries. She recently settled a meaty infringement action in India after only a few years – no small feat considering that the average IP case on the sub-continent takes much longer to wrap up.
Leason Ellis LLP
Nimble boutique Leason Ellis can provide a more economical service from its White Plains headquarters, but its lawyers all boast Big Law experience and can easily go head to head with the elite of the IP scene. Its lean, sophisticated trademark practice is captained by Peter Sloane
, whose “tremendous knowledge base” makes him “one of those lawyers you can have a conversation with about any issue, because he understands and knows how to resolve them”. Martin Schwimmer
“is a very rare combination of academic law smarts and pragmatic counsel. He is the one you go to if you need someone to craft a creative, nuanced position.” “Well versed in domain name and other internet-related work, he provides invaluable advice on the full spectrum of trademark work.” Distinguished all-rounder Yuval Marcus
focuses on heavy-duty disputes as head of the contentious unit. For non-contentious mandates, Karin Segall
is an excellent first port of call. “She does an excellent job in securing IP rights around the world” and “knows prosecution inside out”.
Locke Lord LLP
Boosted by its 2015 merger with Edwards Wildman Palmer, commercial ensemble Locke Lord fields a crack trademark team that can handle the trickiest of briefs with ease, both domestically and abroad. Well-respected Maria Scungio
leads the pack. She has litigated before the federal courts and the TTAB, negotiated billion-dollar transactions and developed incisive cradle-to-grave brand development strategies. David Weild
is likewise knowledgeable across the spectrum, having spent more than 50 years securing watertight protection for all manner of IP rights. His sage counsel is especially useful on cross-border issues and disputes.
Steady, substantial growth has reinforced McCarter & English’s position as a go-to for the protection and enforcement of international marks, particularly for celebrity designer brands – a specialty of the New York unit. James Donoian
has contributed significantly to this reputation with his years of experience implementing anti-counterfeiting programmes for major fashion houses, as well as for players in other industries such as toys and manufacturing. He astutely manages global portfolios, although enforcement is his strong suit. “He handles cases well because he knows the subject area and is – importantly – reasonable; this makes him a pleasure to deal with from the other side.” Harley Lewin
has likewise been instrumental in securing ironclad protection for major apparel brands; with over 40 years in the game, he knows the field like the back of his hand. He has recently defended a leading beverage company in a trade dress action, represented a footwear company in a major counterfeiting claim and triumphed in a challenging dispute involving non-traditional marks. The latest addition to the partnership, Gregory Shatan
is “among the best in the country for issues involving generic top-level domains.” He serves as the president of the IP Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and has “done an incredible job in that role”.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Orrick’s services are competitively priced, whether rendered for start-ups or Fortune 500s; however, it never sacrifices on quality, thanks to its “responsive, up-to-date and tenacious” branding practitioners. Trademark leader and distinguished trial lawyer Peter Vogl
recently went out to bat for CoorsTek in a complex case at the intersection of trademark and patent law, which involved infringement of the colour pink for ceramic hip implant components. Fellow contentious ace Lisa Simpson
’s practice focuses on retail, entertainment and technology companies. She possesses a wide breadth of expertise in all manner of soft IP disputes.
Proskauer Rose LLP
The distinguished trademark ensemble at full-service Proskauer has represented many of the world’s leading brands for decades. High-risk disputes involving crown-jewel assets are meat and drink to its assertive contentious experts It recently acted for Diageo in an infringement action over its CROWN ROYAL mark and well-known purple bag packaging, securing a permanent injunction against competitor Mexcor. “Excellent litigator” Brendan O’Rourke
led the charge on this: “He is passionate about his clients and amazing in the courtroom. He will guide you in the right direction and is a go-to for sticky situations.” “Quick on his feet, loyal and personable, he delivers all you ask for and then some.” He co-heads the practice with Lawrence Weinstein
, a fellow contentious dynamo with encyclopaedic knowledge of the Lanham Act and false advertising claims.
Pryor Cashman LLP
“A leading New York IP and media firm”, Pryor Cashman houses “a team of trademark practitioners who can skilfully create firewalls through protective recommendations that make it nearly impossible to infringe a client’s most valuable trademarks”. “Its work with celebrity licensing is larger and more sophisticated than anybody else’s out there.” This is principally credited to the “very dynamic” Brad Rose
, whose “strategically intelligent advice” and dazzling network of music and entertainment industry connections are a killer combination. Rose recently defended the rights of Lady Gaga by preventing Ga Ga Jeans Limited from registering the mark GAGA JEANS on confusion and dilution grounds. He was backed in this case by contentious virtuoso Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme
, who “always gives a succinct perspective on US law points when it comes to enforcement”. Her prosecution and counselling nous also wins acclaim; she recently assisted a major cosmetics company with a mountain of clearance work. “She provides solid advice that is easy to follow and gets to the heart of the matter. The way in which she renders her opinions is very similar to what an in-house lawyer would do.” Teresa Lee
is celebrated for her non-contentious know-how. “Her prior experience as an examining attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) means that her guidance is constantly thorough and practical.” One patron enthuses: “I can confidently say that she is among the most competent, responsive and smartest attorneys that I have had the pleasure of working with.”
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s formidable squad of international trial attorneys flexes serious muscle in all manner of commercial and IP disputes. It wields the lance for many of the world’s A-list rights holders, in particular technology and consumer goods businesses. The Washington Redskins, for example, have relied on “quintessential litigator” Robert Raskopf
in its protracted, high-profile dispute over its signature trademark. “Brutally efficient and highly knowledgeable, Raskopf can quickly assemble a proficient team to back him up when extra firepower is needed.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Corporate firm Skadden has a best-of-breed transactional practice, but peers are quick to point out its contentious capabilities too. Chief among its IP litigators is Anthony Dreyer
, who is especially well practised in the sports and entertainment industries. “He is a very creative legal thinker and extremely bright.” For all non-contentious needs, Bruce Goldner
is a name to remember. He co-chairs the firm’s IP and technology group, as well as the clearance and prosecution practice, and has won the trust of many marquee names across a plethora of industries.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
High-stakes courtroom battles and high-rolling transactions are the fortes of Weil. It is a thought leader on vicarious liability issues, having successfully defended eBay in a milestone case in which Tiffany claimed that the online giant was responsible for policing counterfeit goods on its site. It continues to fend off similar claims brought by a group of luxury brand owners against client Alibaba. Alibaba’s key ally in this dispute is the “highly experienced and knowledgeable” Bruce Rich
. “Eloquent and persuasive, he has excellent presentation skills. Further, he is very appreciative of clients’ needs.” Another faithful patron is Facebook, which he advises and represents in numerous jurisdictions. The versatile Randi Singer
has advised on game-changing transactions such as Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, and recently secured a favourable resolution for Core-Mark International in a drawn-out dispute with the manufacturer of 5-hour Energy.
Winston & Strawn can cover any trademark issue globally, but its real talent lies in the contentious sphere. Managing partner of the New York office Michael Elkin
is truly at home in the courtroom: “thoroughly knowledgeable and very conversant in complex IP matters”, he has an “uncanny way of communicating in a clear and persuasive manner with adversaries, arbitration tribunals, the courts and – most importantly –clients”. The media and entertainment domains are happy hunting grounds, but financial services and consumer goods companies also feature prominently on his roster.