United States: Arizona


Bacal & Garrison Law Group 

Bacal & Garrison offers the full spectrum of trademark support – filing, licensing and enforcement – but really hits its stride representing brand owners in complex infringement cases. Big names from the financial services, food and beverages and education sectors all feature on its illustrious client roster. Founding partners Glenn Spencer Bacal and Sean Garrison form the nucleus of the practice. Having spent more than 30 years at the coalface, Bacal is “very well regarded in the IP community” and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America – membership of which is by invitation only. With 20 years’ experience under his belt, Garrison isn’t wet behind the ears either. He has a unique understanding of the issues faced by software companies.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The result of a much-publicised Spring 2018 merger, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has 32 offices in 11 countries and a talent pool of 1,600 lawyers. It serves uniquely tailored, business-oriented, cost-effective global brand management and enforcement support. A particular forte is advising clients on how to reduce the risks associated with doing business online, including drafting airtight domain name and advertising agreements. Leading the IP team in the Phoenix office, George Chen is totally at home in cyberspace. Lately, he has been managing the US and international trademark portfolios of the cutting-edge payment-solutions company Early Warning Services.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

“The practitioners at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie are exceptional – with outstanding trademark knowledge. They really take ownership of matters and provide rock-solid support in a clear, organised way. It’s always very easy communicating with them.” Jennifer Van Kirk is one of these “top-notch” individuals. “She has the contacts and experience needed to effectively manage clients’ matters globally, giving them a single point of contact for everything. Extremely knowledgeable about all their businesses, she prioritises things appropriately and gets things off her desk efficiently.” Her teammate Flavia Campbell brings unique knowledge of the South American market to the table, having previously worked as an IP lawyer in Brazil. “She’s a great attorney who comes up with excellent ideas and is utterly responsive.” Domain-name virtuoso Anne Aikman-Scalese is another “outstanding attorney – one of the best. She is a fast thinker who knows how to clearly identify and analyse the core issues facing a client. What’s more, she’s always available. The way she manages sophisticated trademark conflicts, including multi-jurisdictional ones, is remarkable.”

Snell & Wilmer LLP

One of the largest firms in the western United States, Snell & Wilmer is an inarguable choice for companies with branding headaches on either side of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Its commercially savvy IP practitioners nimbly navigate the ever-changing economic, business and legal landscapes to provide holistic solutions that will reap as many rewards in the future as they do now. The star of the show in Arizona is Lee Fraley, an all-rounder with a particular interest in the electronics, telecoms and IT sectors. He has handled myriad high-profile transactions and cases.