United States: Georgia
Georgia is the nerve centre of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, whose inimitable team of attorneys earns the “utmost respect” from all corners of the nation. “In the Atlanta market, it is by far the most significant and successful competitor”, but it is “a heavyweight nationally” too. Its army of trademark practitioners can draw from a deep well of legal and scientific talent to address any matter that crosses their desks; they enjoy an “excellent record of success in IP litigation across the United States”. Commander of the ensemble is the “bright and thoughtful” William Brewster, who ranks as one of the most prominent IP litigators in the country. He “exercises impressive judgement”, since “his knowledge of the law is completely sound”. “Terrific” “all-around trademark expert” Theodore Davis has “an encyclopaedic mind – you can ask him practically any question from an assortment of different cases and he will rattle off the answer from the top of his head”. Another much-admired courtroom devotee is “the professional and collegial” Charles Henn; he is “quick on his feet” and “easy to work with even when you have matters against him that are heavily disputed”. Fellow contentious veteran Miles Alexander has spent decades developing the firm’s profile; his “seasoned counsel” is “proactive, aggressive and thoughtful”, which makes his “elite status well deserved”. Jerre Swann has likewise been a long-time contributor to the firm’s success, not least thanks to his intimate familiarity with survey and expert witness matters; his “substantive knowledge of the field” is “first rate”. Appearances in the federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) are second nature to Judith Powell, who is also feted for the depth of her legal know-how. Tywanda Harris Lord cuts a dash on both counselling and litigation; a stint as interim in-house counsel for a major consumer products company has instilled her with keen commercial savvy. “Subject-matter and business expert” Christopher Bussert likewise has “inside knowledge of corporate goals”; he is “a standard in integrity and civility when dealing with opposing counsel” and a “wise counsellor” who “maximises protection and minimises costs”. Sabina Vayner wins plaudits for her ability to connect with clients, which translates into finely tailored, easily implementable guidance. The “ever-diligent” Christine James is similarly “always willing to devote time to learn the business” of her clients; she is “responsive at all times and able to provide excellent advice”. Compatriot Alicia Grahn Jones provides incisive counsel on portfolio management and disputes; she is especially well versed in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB. Digital maven James Trigg is “wholeheartedly and enthusiastically” endorsed. “He and his team are quite simply the best set of trademark professionals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” enthused one client.
Other recommended experts
King & Spalding recently masterminded a major victory for Coca-Cola thanks to the “deeply knowledgeable and experienced” Bruce Baber. His “top-drawer advice” was the key to Coca-Cola acquiring exclusive control over its Zero brand, allowing it to register a plethora of trademarks after a 13-year battle with other titans of the drinks industry. Nathan Belzer offers seamless prosecution services from his own eponymous shop Belzer PC. His “smooth and efficient approach” facilitates the swift resolution of both licence negotiations and infringement disputes. Arnall Golden Gregory’s Anuj Desai has a flair for both complex litigation and coordinated global strategy; he also inspires confidence when it comes to worldwide trademark investigations and matters of creative review. The versatile Christie Baty Hudgins can effortlessly get to grips with the worldwide portfolios of major brand owners, making her a perfect fit at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. Especially active in internet-related disputes, she has represented leading internet companies such as Yahoo! in domain name litigation and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings. Operating out of The GigaLaw Firm, Douglas Isenberg is a renowned authority on all matters pertaining to the digital realm. He has vast experience in domain name disputes and arbitrations, as well as UDRP proceedings, and is also a leading speaker and author on cyberspace issues. The CV of James Johnson. is adorned with accomplishments, including a stint as examining attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office and in-house positions at Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s. He works out of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Multifaceted IP disputes are meat and drink to Smith, Gambrell & Russell’s Rodgers Lunsford III, who adroitly handles high-profile trials involving trademark and copyright registrability and infringements.
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