United States: Arizona


Bacal & Garrison Law Group 

Throughout all phases of the trademark lifecycle, Scottsdale boutique Bacal & Garrison provides pitch-perfect advice and tailor-made services. The ensemble is helmed by experienced leaders Glenn Spencer Bacal and Sean Garrison, both of whom are highly regarded not just locally but nationally too. “A top trademark mind in Arizona, Bacal is super sharp and really knows his stuff.” He writes extensively on trademark law and is well versed in trial practice and litigation tactics. Hailed as a “strategic thinker who sees things from all angles and moves one step ahead of others”, Garrison is an ace before the TTAB.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s team in Phoenix is proficient in all areas of intellectual property and manages the entire portfolios – not just the trademark rights – of several major companies; such a breadth of engagement gives it a panoramic understanding of its clients’ businesses. Deep sector knowledge, particularly in the fintech and consumer goods industries, further enhances the commerciality of its offering. A member of the firm’s international board, George Chen supplies strong leadership to the local IP group. “He knows how to speak to businesspeople and offers pragmatic solutions to branding issues. When it comes to registering marks worldwide, he is concise, extremely strategic and very reliable.” Chen is a Mandarin speaker, but not the only one in the Phoenix squad – his associate Li-Jen Shen is from Taiwan and is also bilingual; like Chen, who previously worked as an electrical engineer, she also has a technical background, which enables her to cover a lot of ground for clients with diverse needs. Two financial entities they have been busy with recently include Early Warning Services and Paysafe, both of whom they advise on global portfolio management and enforcement.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

The recipient of effusive praise from clients, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie becomes the sole occupant of the WTR 1000 gold tier in Arizona this year. “The team demonstrates exceptionally sound business judgement and gives the clearest advice in the most well-organised fashion. It takes ownership of your matters and applies an outstanding global knowledge of trademark law to make excellent recommendations that factor in your risk tolerance.” Jennifer Van Kirk, Anne Aikman-Scalese and Flavia Campbell all receive resounding praise: “Jennifer puts clients’ commercial considerations first and is brilliant at managing overseas firms and giving global advice that is consistent.” “Innovative, responsive, highly motivated and customer focused, Anne is absolutely extraordinary – her mastery of trademark law is unique. She has outstanding attention to detail but also sees the bigger commercial picture.” “Flavia is a world-class attorney of the utmost integrity and professionalism and her advice is indispensable. She stays up to date on international trademark law and is easy to reach, extremely responsive and incredibly diligent. She is reasonably priced and sticks to budgets while achieving your desired outcome.”

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Arizona’s top general practice firm – and a 400-lawyer strong national outfit – Snell & Wilmer is a go to for holistic counsel on multifaceted brand-plus-business questions and for representation in commercially consequential IP infringement suits. Its IP group is richly resourced and encompasses nearly 50 attorneys from across its 12-office network. Phoenix-based Lee Fraley’s contributions are integral to the success and sophistication of the practice. A savvy portfolio manager, counsellor and diplomat, Fraley helps businesses avoid problems and shepherds them smoothly through disputes and transactional negotiations.

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Frank G Long co-chairs Dickinson Wright’s IP litigation group. The experienced trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret litigator is absolutely in his element when tackling cases with complex fact patterns and underlying legal principles; rock-solid in terms of substantive legal knowledge, he makes all the right procedural moves too.