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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT) is dedicated to providing excellent legal services and delivering them in a manner tailored to each client’s needs and preferences. The ability to deliver customised excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficiently flexible to adapt our approach to their particular situation. This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the United States and China. Today, DWT is a full-service firm with 550 lawyers based in nine offices: New York; Washington DC; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Seattle; Anchorage; Portland (Oregon); Bellevue (Washington); and Shanghai, China.

Our team

DWT’s IP team includes 80 lawyers and professionals whose practices encompass brand and copyright protection, litigation, licensing and other related matters. Supplemented by our firm’s experience in technology, media, entertainment, privacy, advertising, and promotion and marketing matters, our IP lawyers represent a broad spectrum of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, in consumer products, fashion, luxury goods, the outdoor industry, technology, communications and healthcare, as well as multinational advertising agencies and leading media and entertainment companies. Many of our lawyers have had previous careers as in-house counsel at global corporations, while others have previously worked as engineers, researchers, editors, managers or corporate officers in the industries we serve. One of our partners is a co-author of the only comprehensive guide to maintaining and protecting trade secrets in US state and federal civil and criminal courts.

We understand the responsibilities and pressures that confront in-house counsel and the needs of the clients they serve. As a consequence, our IP, copyright and trademark practices routinely achieve national top tier rankings in annual law firm surveys, including WTR 1000, Chambers USA, Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars and US News and Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms.

Global brand management

DWT understands the importance of brand portfolios to the total IP business assets of a brand in today’s global economy. Clients rely on the firm not only to clear, protect, defend and enforce their brands, but also to look at innovative ways to create, build or maintain a strong reputation and brand in the marketplace. Because of our large international trademark practice, we have significant experience in the prosecution and maintenance of trademarks worldwide. We prosecute applications in jurisdictions all around the world and are familiar with local practice and international requirements.

Brand protection

We are experienced in trademark enforcement, litigation and anti-counterfeiting. We are nationally recognised for our trademark litigation practice, litigating trademark infringement and dilution, anti-counterfeiting product configuration, trade dress, geographic origin, fair use, initial interest confusion and certification and collective mark claims. We have extensive experience litigating false advertising claims and are equally adept at successfully resolving trademark disputes without the expense and delay of litigation, wherever possible. We understand how the Internet has shifted brand enforcement and we are at the forefront of developing strategies to address the new challenges confronting our clients.


DWT seeks to build and sustain a culture of inclusion and respect. By paying attention to our firm’s core values of collegiality, mutual respect, teamwork and service, we strengthen our commitment to ourselves and each other. DWT engages in multiple diversity initiatives, including the Diversity Scholarship Programme; empoWer (which provides networking opportunities for women professionals); the Microsoft-Premier Preferred Provider Diverse Attorney Mentorship Programme; the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Programme; WIN (a network of women lawyers, executives and directors associated with non-profit organisations); and Women Entrepreneurs Boot Camp (an immersive day-long boot camp designed to provide practical, legal and business guidance). DWT has received numerous awards for its diversity efforts, including:

  • the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality recognition;
  • the CBS Corporation’s Law Firm Diversity award (2016);
  • the Starbucks’ Excellence in Diversity award for four consecutive years;
  • the 50 Best Law Firms for Women (2014-2015) in Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers; and
  • the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard certification for six years in a row.

After being named the Chevron Corporation’s Diversity Champion for four consecutive years, Chevron decided to "retire the firm’s number".

Contact details

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1251 Avenue of the Americas
21st Floor
New York 10020-1104
United States

E: info@dwt.com
T: +1 212 489 8230
F: +1 212 489 8340
W: www.dwt.com

Professional contacts

Alexandra Nicholson, Partner
E: allienicholson@dwt.com

Roxanne Elings, Partner
E: roxanneelings@dwt.com

Other offices

Anchorage, Bellevue, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Washington DC

Sample client list

  • Alaska Airlines
  • BlackBerry
  • Home Box Office
  • Kate Spade
  • MPAA
  • Richemont International
  • Sesame Workshop
  • The North Face Apparel Corp

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