Potomac Law Group PLLC

Potomac Law Group’s ‘New Law’ model takes the best from ‘Big Law’: talented, experienced lawyers supported by the infrastructure critical to sustain a vibrant and successful practice, but without the huge overhead, bureaucracy, billable hours requirements and opaque compensation systems of Big Law. Instead, the firm combines highly experienced, entrepreneurial, collegial and happy lawyers with excellent service and excellent client value. The firm’s lawyers all have at least 10 years of experience.

Ahead of its time, Potomac Law was not disrupted by pandemic, having already perfected a robust distributed work-from-home model for over 10 years with streamlined, secure, cloud-based systems and without the expensive office space, training requirements and bloated support staff that contribute to inflated billable hour rates at comparable firms.

The trademark team of four partners (Bonny Plosker, Janet Satterthwaite and Todd Bontemps, and recent superstar lateral Julia Matheson), all of whom are recognised in WTR 1000, are supported by two of counsel, two senior trademark paralegals, trained docketing staff, core administrative support and multiple litigation paralegals. Our lawyers have well over 100 years of collective experience in global trademarks, copyright, trade dress, false advertising, domain name disputes and international enforcement. They have handled and prevailed in hundreds of opposition and cancellation matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and have extensive experience litigating trademark, trade dress, copyright and false advertising cases in federal courts across the United States, as well as cross-border disputes implicating courts and tribunals around the world.

Potomac Law attorneys have expertise managing trademark portfolios that vary from a few marks to those exceeding 20,000. The group’s diverse client base ranges from famous brands and Fortune 100 companies to start-ups in evolving areas, such as companies seeking equity crowdfunding or developing new uses for blockchain, and covers all channels including media and entertainment, retail, consumer products, food and beverages (including alcoholic beverages), nutritional supplements, personal care products and cosmetics; bar and restaurant services; educational institutions; real estate and retirement living; life sciences; banking and financial investment services; software and high-tech; and non-profit organisations and associations.

Through years of experience, Potomac’s lawyers have developed an understanding of foreign trademark laws in several key jurisdictions, which enables them to provide sophisticated global branding advice at all levels. They have particularly strong experience in Europe, where they have held leadership positions in MARQUES, the European Trademark Association, and Asia. While the practice compares with any top-end trademark boutique in talent, years of experience and client base, the team is complemented by a full-service firm of over 100 experienced former Big Law, government or in-house attorneys in all disciplines, including a deep patent bench which supports 360-degree IP advice, as well as regulatory, privacy, employment/non-compete, contests and sweepstakes, corporate and M&A, and other areas which often accompany trademark and branding issues.

The firm’s trademark partners have been recognised at the highest levels, such as in WTR 1000 (including National Gold Band), Chambers USA, Managing IP’s IP Stars and Top 250 Women in IP and SuperLawyers. They frequently speak and write about trademark developments for US and international audiences, and are often quoted in publications and news outlets such as Bloomberg News, Associated Press, Washington Business Journal, WTR, ABA JournalHollywood Reporter, Buzzworthy.com and CBC (Canada). They are active in local, national and international professional organisations including INTA, the American Intellectual Property Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association and MARQUES, and maintain valuable relationships with skilled IP attorneys around the world.

Contact details

Potomac Law Group PLLC
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20004
United States

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Sample client list

  • American Red Cross
  • Carlsberg
  • Evolent Health
  • Hunter Boot
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Ocean Spray
  • Panda Restaurant Group
  • Supergoop!
  • Yasso