United States: Georgia


Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Ballard Spahr LLP
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Troutman Sanders LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Headquartered in Atlanta, the nationally reputed Alston & Bird is a Georgia heavyweight when it comes to pure trademark matters – especially the protection of sweeping international portfolios. It is thus a first port of call for the owners of crown-jewel brands, such as International Speedway Corporation – the proprietor of the celebrated NASCAR and DAYTONA 500 marks. Just recently the motorsports giant had a challenging case resolved by the exceptionally capable Jason Rosenberg, whose nimble footwork in the courts and deft navigation of false advertising issues attract warm applause all around. The firm’s Georgia profile is further boosted by David Stewart, who heads the soft IP group. He handles “a significant amount of work for the team and is a fantastic litigator” who can communicate complex topics to judges and juries in a clear, compelling manner. Stewart also ably dispatches cutting-edge domain name and internet-related briefs, having played a role in landmark cases in the digital world.
Ballard Spahr LLP
The “increasingly robust trademark practice” at Ballard Spahr assuredly and expediently processes thousands of trademark registrations, both domestically and abroad. Supported by a strong team of paralegals, some of whom have valuable in-house experience, the firm can staff leanly for a wide range of mandates across the trademark lifecycle. The Atlanta office is helmed by the “excellent” Lawrence Nodine, who wins particular praise for his alternative dispute resolution skills: “He is perceptive about the key issues and this serves him very well in the mediation space.”
Greenberg Traurig LLP
A multi-disciplinary powerhouse of the IP scene, Greenberg Traurig is teeming with commercially minded lawyers who know how to achieve business goals and get brand transactions over the line. An imposing global footprint allows for precision protection across borders. Joel Feldman adroitly manages portfolios both within the United States and abroad, and when the time comes can strike swiftly and decisively to settle any disputes that may arise. He recently brought these skills to bear for CrossFit, securing safe passage for its worldwide brand roll-out in over 200 countries, while also pursuing infringers of the CROSSFIT mark in the courts. Another practitioner dispensing sage advice from the Atlanta office is Robert Rosenbloum, who has his finger on the pulse on issues at the intersection of intellectual property, media and entertainment. “He is great at overseeing portfolios and providing high-level wraparound strategies.”
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Seyfarth Shaw prides itself on a forward-thinking approach which allows it to keep pace with the ever-evolving needs of brand owners. Progression and innovation are much in evidence in its aptly titled SeyfarthLean programme and SeyfarthLink platform; together, they create an integrated global communication system that slashes the cost and time it takes to manage global portfolios. Carrying these values to heart is Joseph Myers III, who “operates highly efficiently and effectively”. He keeps an eagle eye trained on clients’ marks and any other registrations globally that may be of interest to them, and his guidance is correspondingly keen.
Troutman Sanders LLP
Full-service outfit Troutman Sanders plays host to an “insightful, cost-effective and professional” trademark team. Broad, multi-jurisdictional coverage across the brand lifecycle – from adoption to enforcement – makes it ideally placed to single-handedly resolve all of its clients’ problems in any location. A prime example is its recent representation of Operation Smile on myriad prosecution, licensing and dispute matters in over 40 countries. Michael Hobbs takes charge of both the Operation Smile brief and the entire trademark practice. “He is perfectly knowledgeable of trademark law, understands the practicalities of the business world and aims his efforts appropriately to achieve clients’ goals – all while managing the cost burden effectively.”


William H Brewster - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Theodore H Davis Jr - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Bruce W Baber - King & Spalding
Nathan C Belzer - Belzer PC
Christopher Bussert - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Anuj Desai - Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Joel Feldman - Greenberg Traurig LLP
R Charles Henn - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Michael D Hobbs - Troutman Sanders LLP
Christie Baty Hudgins - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Douglas Isenberg - The GigaLaw Firm
Christine P James - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
James H Johnson Jr - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Alicia Grahn Jones - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Tywanda Harris Lord - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
J Rodgers Lunsford III - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
Joseph V Myers III - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Lawrence K Nodine - Ballard Spahr LLP
Judith A Powell - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Jason Rosenberg - Alston & Bird LLP
Robert A Rosenbloum - Greenberg Traurig LLP
David J Stewart - Alston & Bird LLP
James Trigg - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Sabina A Vayner - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


Miles J Alexander - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Jerre B Swann - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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