United States: North Carolina


Alston & Bird LLP
Enns & Archer LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Tepper & Eyster PLLC
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Alston & Bird stands out for its seamlessly connected office network, as well as a collegiate spirit which promotes close collaboration between its practitioners; as testament to this, it consistently ranks among the top 100 companies to work for in the United States. Its full-bodied team is likewise comfortable cooperating with foreign associates from just about every jurisdiction in the world. Larry Jones has extraordinary contentious experience, having appeared in courtrooms in over half the states in the country. His commercial shrewdness makes him a dream come true for business owners from coast to coast. His partner is the “extremely well-thought-of” Martha Gayle Barber, whose practice focuses on worldwide strategic counselling; she has likewise played a key role in developing the firm’s trademark practice. In true Alston & Bird fashion, the two make a formidable pair when it comes to strategic counselling and litigation.
Enns & Archer LLP
North Carolina is the home turf of boutique Enns & Archer. Despite its humble size, the firm packs a mighty punch in the trademark arena, dispensing top-drawer advice and assistance. The expedient resolution of disputes is a forte of Rodrick Enns, who has been hailed as an early mentor for other highly regarded practitioners. Complementary know-how in antitrust and trade regulation matters makes him a crucial ally on clients’ branding efforts. His partner Julia Archer has impressive contentious experience, which today informs her savvy perspective in counselling. Like Enns, she brings valuable ancillary expertise to the table, this time in advertising, sweepstakes and promotions.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
“Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has a well-earned reputation for who comes to mind as the most competitive firm in the North Carolina market.” Although its influence extends across the United States, the firm “stands equal to or above anybody else here”. The Winston-Salem office benefits from close integration within the national network, enjoying immediate access to the firm’s deep knowledge pool. The “extremely responsive” William Bryner frequently works across offices, giving him a nuanced perspective on all manner of briefs: “He is a great sounding board for both technical legal and business matters, which makes him very helpful in the decision-making process”. However, he shines brightest on contentious instructions, where his “extremely through, knowledgeable and professional” approach always yields “very favourable results”.
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
AmLaw 200 outfit Moore & Van Allen is a prolific commercial firm with an equally high-value, high-volume IP team. Appropriately, it is frequently called upon by Fortune 500 companies seeking sage counsel attuned to their specific needs. While offering all of the full-service resources that may be needed when matters spill out beyond the realms of intellectual property, the firm’s model ensures that it can still be nimble with billing arrangements. Trademark leader Arlene Hanks makes waves for her smart prosecution and protection of marks at a global level, but her real pride and joy are the lasting relationships that she builds with her clients.
Tepper & Eyster PLLC
“Outstanding boutique” Tepper & Eyster is a “small operation that works at a gold standard”. Its compact size belies a nationally renowned practice with a sophisticated understanding of issues at the confluence of trademarks and regulatory considerations; life sciences and pharmaceutical concerns flock to its doors as a result. Boasting prior in-house experience at GlaxoSmithKline, Maury Tepper III has “long been the guru of trademark law in the pharmaceutical world”. He works hand in glove with partner Kathryn Eyster, who runs a similar practice. She has influenced policy and helped to shape emerging issues through her active participation in the International Trademark Association (INTA). The two together “possess a fantastic depth of expertise”.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
The Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice was its first to open in 1876; since then, the firm has bloomed into a full-service offering across numerous states, with a prominent presence in the North Carolina market. Chairing the IP litigation group is John Morrow, whose trial skills are a source of praise; he handles cases with superb efficiency and practicality. Colleague Randel Springer is a “remarkable all-rounder” – a dab hand at clearing and prosecuting marks, he is also more than capable of enforcing and protecting them too, when necessary. Completing the trio is Sarah Anne Keefe, a “trademark superstar” with abundant experience of portfolio management and tactical manoeuvring in and out of IP disputes. A stint on INTA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee lends credence to her proficiency in resolving conflicts.


Maury M Tepper III - Tepper & Eyster PLLC
Julia C Archer - Enns & Archer LLP
Martha Gayle Barber - Alston & Bird LLP
William Bryner - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Rodrick J Enns - Enns & Archer LLP
Kathryn M Eyster - Tepper & Eyster PLLC
Arlene D Hanks - Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Larry C Jones - Alston & Bird LLP
John F Morrow Jr - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Randel S Springer - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Arthur J Debaugh - Bell, Davis & Pitt PA
Angela Doughty - Ward and Smith PA
Sarah Anne Keefe - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Matthew J Ladenheim - Trego, Hines & Ladenheim PLLC
Jason Sneed - Sneed pllc

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