United States: Florida

Firms

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Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist PA
Lott & Fischer PL
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Carlton Fields
Espinosa Martinez, PL
GrayRobinson PA
Malloy & Malloy, PL
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist PA
A firm fixture on the Floridian IP scene, Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist performs exceptionally well across the whole gamut of trademark matters and industries. With a rich clientele of patent owners also in need of trademark protection, the branding team is never short on work: over the last year, it has been kept particularly busy tending to a plethora of actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The set is well known for its fierce litigation capabilities; leading light Ava Doppelt is “a highly experienced and skilled trademark enforcer”, the board-certified attorney adopts a holistic approach to brand portfolios to ensure they are impregnable from all angles.
Carlton Fields
Heavy-hitting Carlton Fields can troubleshoot any branding problem thrown its way. Its IP squad is accomplished working on both sides of the contentious and non-contentious boundary, and it also shines in licensing transactions by working in tandem with the firm’s full-bodied corporate group. Exploiting decades of experience, including a stint in-house, Jill Sarnoff Riola is gifted in all of these areas and more. She has a rolodex of international clients and excels at securing – and expanding – their positions in the market. Contentious virtuoso Douglas McDonald provides additional strength on the litigation front; he also doubles up as an effective mediator and can obtain out-of-court solutions when necessary.
Espinosa Martinez, PL
Espinosa Martinez ably serves a glittering roster of patrons that ranges from small independent retail stores to sprawling international enterprises. Its multilingual practitioners are unfettered by sector-specific limitations: from restaurants to airlines, there is no industry too specialised for the sophisticated Espinosa team. Jorge Espinosa is a beacon for the trademark department. He zealously protects his clients’ interests and has spent a considerable amount of time actively enforcing and defending their rights before the US Patent and Trademark Office over the last year.
GrayRobinson PA
Full-service outfit GrayRobinson boasts a wealth of IP knowledge and commercial expertise; consequently, it enjoys a steady stream of work from bustling start-ups and Fortune 500s alike. The renowned Stefan Stein is a dexterous litigator with a quarter-century’s experience to boot. He has juggled myriad critical cases, including many multimillion-dollar IP suits. Similarly, Debra Larsen is a dab hand at thorny disputes; she is also gifted at drawing up watertight applications and provides incisive counsel to rights holders. Together, Stein and Larsen recently secured a major victory for Reckitt Benckiser in a hard-fought trademark spat that spanned 10 years of litigation.
Lott & Fischer PL
A superlative boutique, Lott & Fischer is “a real standout” firm in the IP space. Its squad possesses up-to-the-minute know-how of what is happening in this field, and its all-encompassing practice resonates with big brand names, which come flocking to its doors. At the centre of the acclaimed Lott & Fischer branding practice is the widely venerated Leslie Lott, “an extremely smart and practical professional”. “She has earned a reputation for her excellent quality of work” and is “one of the finest trademark litigators in the country”. Her discerning advice is also put to good use outside of the courtroom, as her profound knowledge and amiable personality make her “a fantastic arbitrator and mediator”.
Malloy & Malloy, PL
Long-time player Malloy & Malloy is one of the oldest IP shops in the market. Proficient in both prosecution and litigation, this ensemble can adroitly protect the spark of an idea and nurture it all the way to fruition. This is reflected in John Cyril Malloy III’s practice, which is balanced between judicious portfolio management and full-blooded trial battles. “A very smart and capable litigator, he is also friendly and just an all-round solid practitioner.”

Individuals

Ava K Doppelt - Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist PA
Leslie J Lott - Lott & Fischer PL
Jorge Espinosa - Espinosa Martinez, PL
David Friedland - Friedland Vining PA
Frank R Jakes - Johnson, Blakely, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns PA
Debra Larsen - GrayRobinson PL
John Cyril Malloy III - Malloy & Malloy, PL
C Douglas McDonald - Carlton Fields
Mark Passler - Akerman LLP
Jill Sarnoff Riola - Carlton Fields
Harry R Schafer - Kenny Nachwalter PA
Stefan Stein - GrayRobinson PA
Amber N Davis - Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire PLLC
David I Greenbaum - Fox Rothschild LLP
Gabrielle Holley - Holley & Menker
Brittany J Maxey-Fisher - Maxey-Fisher, PLLC
James R Menker - Holley & Menker
Lori T Milvain - Latham Shuker Eden Beaudine LLP
Matthew Nelles - Berger Singerman LLP
Mark E Stein - Mark Stein Law
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