United States: California

Firms: enforcement and litigation

  • Cooley LLP
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Irell & Manella LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Fish & Richardson PC
  • Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP 

Firms: prosecution and strategy

  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Cooley LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Fish & Richardson PC
  • Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP 

Cooley LLP

With over 24,000 trademarks under its control across 150 jurisdictions, Cooley is a powerhouse when it comes to brands. Despite representing more than 1,000 companies worldwide, the team’s excellent service never lets up; close attention is paid to budding start-ups and multinational conglomerates alike. In California, Anne Peck, John Crittenden and Bobby Ghajar offer every trademark service under the sun. Peck helps businesses to develop a competitive edge through the use of pioneering brand strategies. “John is a creative thinker who takes actions that will lead to short-term and long-term success. He is very practical in his advice, but can really dig into nuanced matters when clients require. John’s communication skills are second to none, and this is clear in his written briefs and courtroom presentations.” An intrepid litigator, Crittenden also handles the worldwide portfolios for Yelp! and Lonely Planet, while strategically consulting Nintendo on trademark and copyright matters. “Bobby is extremely bright as a problem solver. His attention to detail is incredible and one of his strongest traits. He is fiercely loyal to clients and a brilliant advocate for brands.” Newly minted partner and prosecution ace John Paul Oleksiuk makes his debut in the WTR 1000 this year. “JP has a solid understanding of the trademark application process in a number of countries and navigates his native USPTO terrain comfortably and calmly. JP makes complicated matters look easy and is the perfect choice if you want the job done right the first time.”

Fenwick & West LLP

Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, technology powerhouse Fenwick & West supports a slew of stellar life sciences and cutting-edge technology clients on their trademark matters worldwide. Innovative just like its patrons, the firm has developed a trademark extranet which syncs data and files, so clients have 24/7 online access to their portfolios. Fenwick is the only firm with four of its practitioners sat in the gold tier; Jedediah Wakefield, Andrew Bridges, Karen Webb and Sally Abel form the constellation of stars. Wakefield was elected chair of the litigation practice at the beginning of 2018. “He is a great tactician with an exceptional combination of practical and pure legal expertise. Jed excels at finding unique angles to attack difficult problems and find solutions. He is strategically minded and streets ahead of his adversaries as a business adviser.” “Andrew and Jed are top-flight lawyers with extremely strong analytical, writing and advocacy skills. In any situation they can anticipate problems before they arise and help clients to strategise effectively. Both have taken leading roles on cybersecurity and internet issues; they routinely devote time to capacity building activities outside of client representation. Their role as thought leaders has been crucial to their ability to deal with the most difficult IP issues in an evolving tech landscape.” “Andrew has a strong background in counselling and prosecution, which means his advice to clients is creative and goes beyond the typical script. He also has an excellent understanding of business issues and gives legal advice which is sensitive to the most crucial concerns of clients.” “Webb is a rare attorney who combines deep expertise and subject-matter knowledge with a keen business sense. She understands that decisions are not made in a legal vacuum and always works to drive value. Karen never loses her cool even when times are stressful and she is just a pleasure to partner with.” Webb is also a spectacular litigator, there to support clients when the going gets tough. Long-time player Abel uses her superior intuition to issue-spot upfront before crafting strategies that will get brand owners through everything. Also highly recommended is Eric Ball, “a bright lawyer who is really switched on to market developments”. He and Connie Ellerbach recently worked with Life on Air, a start-up which developed a group video chat mobile app, to find a favourable resolution with House Party who claimed trademark infringement and unfair competition. Ellerbach is the chair of the trademark group and a prosecution ace. She is brilliant at rallying the troops to handle massive global projects.

Fish & Richardson PC

National superstar Fish & Richardson has fans in every corner of the world; its efficiency in cross-border matters really strikes a chord with global brand owners. The backbone of the firm’s Silicon Valley IP practice is Lisa Greenwald-Swire. “She has such a command of IP law that there is zero delay in receiving well-developed, accurate and useful advice from any instruction. She outlines the pros and cons of every option and is excellent at giving accurate risk assessments. When plans are set in motion, she gives it 110%.”

Greenberg Traurig LLP

General service firm Greenberg Traurig has a flair for intellectual property and delivers business-focused counsel that resonates in the C-suite. With a string of strategically located offices worldwide, it is well equipped to handle global matters. Opponents have met their match with Ian Ballon, who thrives in the cut and thrust of litigation and is a zealous advocate for his clients when push comes to shove. Jeff Joyner is another contentious ace; he also excels at IP transactions. IP veteran Susan Heller chairs the global trademarks and brand management group. Her up-to-the-minute knowledge of international trends and developments makes her a leading light for clients. She works with Western Digital on its global trademark brand and portfolio management, and recently strategically positioned Dropbox’s portfolio for the company’s initial public offering. Flanking Heller is Candice Kim, who “provides an invaluable service to clients by putting business needs above all else”. She manages the global portfolio of Skip Hop.

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018; a lot has changed since it opened for business, but not its culture – this is a firm that chooses quality over quantity in everything. The multifaceted team works with businesses of all stripes, including iconic local clients along with global conglomerates. One of the busiest at the practice, Raffi Zerounian handles matters artfully across the contentious/non-contentious divide and is “an invaluable resource when it comes to effective brand protection”. “Raffi gives dependable and solid strategic advice. He is a fierce advocate for his clients and always keeps their business interests at the heart of his efforts.” Mainstay Susan O’Neill is “highly skilled at negotiating creative solutions. Not only does she provide a perspective based on the current legal landscape, but because she has developed long-term relationships with her clients, her advice also considers the company’s history and is cognisant of past practices. She knows the business of brands inside and out, and provides consistent strategy”.

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone is particularly prominent in the Southwest but has top trademark experts stationed coast to coast. Seamless collaboration between the 30-plus members of the group makes the firm a true force to be reckoned with. Member of the Palo Alto IP litigation group, Kenneth Parker, pulls out all the stops to ensure that his clients are well protected. He truly shines in competitor litigation and recently acted for worldwide specialty bedding leader Mattress Firm to deny a preliminary injunction request by Sleepy’s. His colleague Jennifer Lantz is at the ready to handle the non-contentious side of things. She has a sweeping practice, managing the global portfolio of (among many others) Panda Restaurant Group, a leader in Asian dining.

Irell & Manella LLP

Irell & Manella is a model of law firm success in California. The ensemble consistently delivers high-quality results and has the resources to handle any challenge thrown its way. The fulcrum around which the IP practice turns is Jane Shay Wald. She deftly guides clients across the trademark lifecycle, offering penetrating insight on brand strategy. Peers applaud her as “a thought leader. She’s a force of nature who steals the show”. She has the backing of a deep bench of litigators for when things get spicy.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

With offices dotted across the country, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton maintains umbrella coverage of the United States. Its IP group has grown from 48 to 100 lawyers over the span of eight years, giving clients one of the deepest reservoirs of talent to draw from. The litigation team is stacked and can tackle the toughest cases head on. “Dennis Wilson and Larry McFarland have profound trademark expertise which they translate into advice and legal arguments that are concise and thorough.” Another formidable player, Gregory Gilchrist gets to the heart of complex matters and then builds the most persuasive arguments. He represents Levi Strauss along with Williams-Sonoma. On the non-contentious side, clients flock to Anthony Malutta, Jennifer Arkowitz and Gwen Peterson. “Companies love having Anthony on their side – he offers succinct and on-point advice that is responsive to business needs and is very cost-conscious.” “Jennifer is a brilliant lawyer; she is practical, smart as a whip and a great business partner.” Peterson has over 20 years of experience, which she uses to craft forward-looking strategies and negotiate long-lasting and lucrative deals.

Knobbe Martens

“Specialist IP firm Knobbe Martens stands out in the US trademark market.” It has a group of ultra-high-calibre professionals who are well versed in all stages of brand protection and who cater brilliantly to household-name companies. Energy drink titan Monster Energy continuously seeks Lynda Zadra-Symes to safeguard its claw icon from various infringers. “Lynda puts in the extra effort to understand her clients’ business; she can navigate any challenge and employs creative thinking to find solutions. Her time spent abroad means she is also familiar with the nuances of trademark law in various jurisdictions, which is a bonus.” Another arrow in her quiver is expertise in domain names; she is a domain name dispute panellist for WIPO. An eminent all-rounder, Susan Natland has a glowing reputation in the fashion and entertainment industries and works with clients such as Urban Decay; she also protects the Avatar brand for Twentieth Century Fox. Only a stone’s throw away, Stacey Halpern smooths over bumpy matters with a perfect blend of tenacity and pragmatism. Jonathan Hyman handles the worldwide portfolio for the Rubicon Project, a digital advertising infrastructure company. He draws up blueprints for long-term brand strength and health, and uses his prosecution know-how in court to mount impregnable defences or launch penetrating attacks. Jeffrey Van Hoosear turns a practised hand to all non-contentious briefs; he has the keys to unlock brand value in the apparel and beauty industries. Flanking Van Hoosear is “top-notch IP lawyer” Catherine Holland, who “constantly delivers high-quality work”. Clients of all stripes are represented by Diane Reed, an innovative thinker who offers superb and transparent service.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins’s IP group astutely leverages the firm’s global platform to partner with clients wherever their businesses grow. For a top litigator, look to Perry Viscounty in Orange County. He recently succeeded in having Treasury’s ‘craigpay’ trademark application rejected and secured damages for Craigslist against TheTreasury.com. He is applauded by referees for being a “highly effective lawyer who understands and works in line with his clients’ business goals”. The global co-chair of the firm’s IP litigation team, Jennifer Barry kept busy this year fighting against a copycat retailer in Mexico that was using the name ‘Georgetown Cupcakes’; she represented the well-known original bakery.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb dispense a comprehensive suite of trademark services; it thinks holistically about brands and has abundant expertise in adjacent areas, including consumer and marketing law. The trademark practice is led by the venerable David Grace, who is a beacon of excellence in the media and entertainment sector. Grace has superlative industry know-how and is a pragmatic adviser who helps clients to achieve their strategic vision. He provides trademark guidance to many famous companies and individuals, including HBO, DreamWorks Animation, Carrie Underwood, Halle Berry and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Grace recently represented Byron Allen and his company Entertainment Studios in the $300 million purchase of The Weather Channel.

McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery’s trademark team stands tall within a robust national IP group which consists of nearly 150 lawyers and other professionals. Strong leadership is provided to a stable and consistent crew by the longstanding Jorge Arciniega. “Jorge strikes a nice balance between being deeply thoughtful and pragmatic. He takes into consideration the clients’ business needs and is great at assessing risk and reward. No matter how busy he is, Jorge is extremely responsive. He is also highly efficient – what would take a different attorney a few hours only takes Jorge a fraction of the time. He is incredibly approachable and easy to work with to boot.” A value-add is Arciniega’s fluency in Spanish; he’s a great choice for those doing business in Latin America, such as fashion retailer Forever 21, which he assists on franchising matters.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis & Bockius boasts an “outstanding trademark group”; with a full-service backing it is not only a one-stop shop for intellectual property, but also has a sophisticated transactional practice. With offices from Chicago to Houston, clients receive tip-top counsel across the country. Leading the charge in litigation Rochelle Alpert cuts quickly to the heart of matters. Making her debut to the prosecution table this year is Carla Oakley. “She is responsive, diligent and practical in her approach. Her attention to detail and ease in understanding technology are very impressive. Not to mention, Carla is an absolutely delightful person; it’s clear that she genuinely wants to build relationships with her clients.”

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

A first-class client service is the hallmark of O’Melveny & Myers. In intellectual property, the firm has some outstanding all-rounders. One of the best examples is Mark Miller, an “amazing layer and trusted adviser”. “He crafts strategies which are in tune with commercial concerns to make sure that his clients’ brands are as strong as possible on the market.” Miller was successful this year in enforcing Glencairn’s trade dress rights for its widely recognised whiskey glass.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe artfully works across cultural and geographic boundaries to tend to a glittering international clientele. The firm loves to innovate and encourages left-field ideas and out-of-the-box thinking, enabling it to effectively address complex IP matters. Personifying this creativity is Annette Hurst. With her blend of copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent expertise, she inspires confidence in clients that they will be cared for come what may. One peer described her as “simply phenomenal”. Heading up the prosecution practice is Beth Goldman. She is well versed in Madrid Protocol trademark applications and continuously assists her clients as they grow their global footprints. Goldman is instructed by Vera Wang, Salesforce and popular children’s clothing store Gymboree.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

General practice firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has a robust standalone IP practice. The group has over 100 specialists stationed in the United States, Europe and Asia, putting it in pole position to manage global portfolios. There to address non-contentious briefs is Richard Kirkpatrick; he dissects portfolios with a fine-toothed comb, cutting out the fluff to provide clear and straightforward counsel. Sources enthusiastically sing praise for litigator Vijay Toke. “Vijay always manages to craft a genius strategy. He excels in David-versus-Goliath matters.” “Vijay combines his highly effective communication skills with exhaustive knowledge of intellectual property. He is a top authority in the field.”

Reed Smith LLP

Cosmopolitan Reed Smith collaborates across borders to deliver clear-cut strategic counsel. Its IP group is well prepared for complex and multifaceted cases. Gold-tier duo Robert Phillips and Katherine Basile have a glowing track record; Phillips shines brightest in make-or-break disputes, while Basile has mastered the art of portfolio management and leverages her in-house experience to dispense commercially apt advice. Working in tandem with Basile is Jason Garcia. He never sugar-coats his advice and takes a hands-on approach to safeguard crown-jewel brands.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw is the place to go for street-smart advice delivered in an efficient and cohesive manner. The firm staffs its cases leanly; clients get lawyers with the most appropriate skill set for their cases without worrying about their budget. To further streamline services, it has an online tool which tracks, reports and documents portfolio developments. Effective problem solving motivates litigation maven and chair of the national trademark practice Kenneth Wilton. Wilton assesses matters holistically and strikes accurately with incisive arguments. Joan Kupersmith Larkin is a pragmatic strategist who can alleviate any brand-related headache for her clients. Her expertise is sought after by JAFRA Cosmetics, along with Toho, the Japanese company known for the Godzilla films. The pair are applauded by a source for their “depth of experience and consistently excellent performance”.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard Mullin’s IP team packs an almighty punch in litigation and regularly handles precedent-setting matters. Rising to gold-tier status this year, Jill Pietrini is “a top lawyer in the trademark arena. She is an aggressive litigator, but knows the value of cooperation”. Pietrini is widely recognised for her work on behalf of high-profile entertainers. Receiving similar praise, Carlo Van den Bosch is “a fantastic lawyer who is extremely diligent”. He flexes broad IP knowledge to craft bulletproof strategies and catch out opponents in court. In disputes Van den Bosch rapidly hones in on the most salient issues and immediately sets to the task of building a compelling trial narrative. Another key cog is Lisa Martens. She cultivates long-lasting relationships with her clients and shows that she is always willing to go the extra mile.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

“Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a top choice in the United States for any matter relating to trademarks and advertising. The firm’s performance throughout the years has consistently been outstanding; the entire team provides no-nonsense and straightforward advice, which is never bogged down by legalese. Each lawyer does what it takes to get the results that clients need.” King of the West Coast John Slafsky tends to a roster of international innovators including Dropbox, Salesforce, LinkedIn and Spotify. “John is an excellent, business-savvy lawyer who is extremely bright. He makes himself available to discuss matters on the shortest notice. John never misses a deadline and always provides clear advice, and he is efficient in his work which keeps fees at a minimum.”

Winston & Strawn LLP 

Winston & Strawn has a critical mass of nearly 200 attorneys within the IP practice to offer A-to-Z trademark support, along with a specialisation in domain name mandates. Running the show in San Francisco are dynamic duo Jennifer Golinveaux and Laura Franco. These leading lights take a forward-thinking, globally minded approach when it comes to all things intellectual property. Golinveaux has significant experience in the technology, digital media and entertainment spaces, which complements her assiduous approach to both non-contentious and contentious issues. Franco similarly has a wide range of talents; she is sharp as a tack and never fails to provide clued-in counsel.

Other recommended experts

Start-ups engage the pros at Pranger Law to get them to the top. Gail Abbas and Holly Pranger are repositories of trust for Silicon Valley innovators. “Gail and Holly are a great team. Gail has a deep understanding of case law and unparalleled trademark knowledge; Holly has a refreshing entrepreneurial spirit and built the firm herself, so understands clients’ needs and does the work to meet them. Both are always available to pick up the phone and they deliver quality services at a very reasonable price.” Tsan Abrahamson of Cobalt is a “highly skilled trademark prosecution lawyer and an authority on advertising”. Barrett IP Law is a one-woman powerhouse led by Carole Barrett. “She has decades of rich experience resolving complex problems in an ever-changing IP landscape. Her instincts are spot on, and she knows the USPTO unlike anyone else.” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is home to Marcy Bergman, a “phenomenal litigator who knows trademark law inside and out”. Seasoned attorney Lori Boatright joined boutique Loza & Loza at the beginning of 2018. She deftly guides her clients throughout their brand journeys. Sideman & Bancroft’s Ian Boyd divides his time between litigation and prosecution. He handles cases of vital importance to his clients and really takes ownership of his matters. He is a problem solver and not a troublemaker, always giving clear-cut and realistic advice. His candid approach is appreciated by clients such as Rockstar and Intel. For “outstanding service without breaking the bank” clients call on Noel Cook at boutique firm Owen Wickersham & Erickson. Cook takes a common-sense approach to his work, knowing when to put the pedal to the metal, and when to ease off the gas. Michelle Cooke of Manatt Phelps & Phillips is “top-notch when it comes to prosecution and licensing”. Cooke designs cohesive international IP programmes. She is responsive and flexible to the needs of companies, adjusting to each unique set of goals and updating strategy to ensure that it evolves as her clients do. She is instructed by Credit One Bank and Universal Studios. Andy Coombs of J Andrew Coombs APC is a reliable port of call for many. His time spent in-house at the Walt Disney Company gives him an upper hand in terms of commercial understanding. Co-chair of the IP and technology practice group at Lewis Brisbois, Daniel DeCarlo was recently successful in defending Trophy Depot in a multimillion-dollar trademark infringement action. Gina Durham of DLA Piper “is a deft listener who understands at a granular level the complexities and nuances associated with trademark issues. She offers simple, straightforward advice, along with options to resolve or diffuse difficult problems. Her drive and desire to be a valued and trusted resource for her clients are what distinguishes her from other lawyers.” Covington & Burling’s Simon Frankel has carved out a niche in the technology and consumer industries. When it comes to litigation, he never fails to commit 100% to the best course of action for his client. “Outstanding lawyer” Scott Gerien of Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty has a stellar reputation in the alcohol industry. He is meticulous in his filings and works around the clock to protect his patron’s core trademark assets. “Valerie Goo and Kent Goss are fantastic trademark litigators who have encyclopaedic IP knowledge.” The pair can be found at Crowell & Moring. “Peter Harvey is an excellent lawyer. He provides exceptional trademark services and is a pleasure to work with.” Harvey heads his own firm under the name of Harvey & Company. “Anne Hiaring Hocking is very pragmatic and plain speaking. She understands that a legal solution must fit with the business needs of the client.” This prosecution maven coordinates portfolios both domestically and internationally from her base at Donahue Fitzgerald. Susan Hollander of Venable is a “high-quality lawyer” who partners with clients to deliver solutions which are filtered through a commercial lens. Founding partner of KeatsGatien Anthony Keats has assisted a slew of popular entertainment properties in connection with brand management. He has excellent litigation credentials and is well versed in both unfair competition and domain names. With extensive experience in jurisdictions across the globe, Lori Kozak of Fox Rothschild moulds clients’ strategies accordingly to help them establish strong footholds as they expand. Business firm Tucker Ellis hosts dream team Howard Kroll and David Steele. “Howard and David make a brilliant duo. Howard takes a pragmatic approach and keeps budgets in mind without sacrificing quality; David thinks outside of the box and is very creative.” “David is knowledgeable, hardworking, responsive and handles small and large matters with the same degree of urgency and care. He always puts clients’ interests before his own and has unmatched expertise in internet-related matters. He is also very diligent; there is never a loose end which is not attended to.” Russ August & Kabat’s prosecution dynamo Irene Lee provides counsel that is “very insightful, particularly when dealing with complicated matters”. She inspires confidence and is instructed by a number of big-name brands. Co-founder of boutique LTL Attorneys Enoch Liang understands the nuances of IP law and is an invaluable resource for those with business in Asia due to his time spent practising in China. Christian Liedtke of Acuminis is a tenacious litigator. “Well connected, proactive and creative, Christian is innovative in resolving complex matters and is transparent to the actions he has taken. He is highly effective and very cost efficient.” Licensed to practise in the European Union and California, Béatrice Martinet of Sideman & Bancroft specialises in cross-border matters. “She is incredibly effective and wonderful to work with, and becomes an integral part of your team.” Martinet is instructed by superstar clients Jelly Belly and Google. “Amazing lawyer” David Martinez watches over brands like a hawk. His bird’s-eye view allows him to provide sound guidance which avoids pitfalls. Martinez handles matters for clients of all stripes and can be found at Robins Kaplan. “Kelly McCarthy is top drawer when it comes to prosecution. She has a thorough understanding of trademark law and the procedural intricacies of prosecuting trademarks. She grasps business objectives and frames her approach in light of them. Kelly also thinks strategically and understands how a multinational corporation can use trademarks and branding to its advantage.” She calls Sideman & Bancroft home. Trailblazing luminary Thomas McCarthy of Morrison & Foerster is highly regarded in the field. He is recognised for his influential seven-volume treatise McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition. Michael McCue, based at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, is “an extremely effective trademark litigator” who has worked with the likes of Visa, NBCUniversal and NIKE. Leydig, Voit & Mayer’s Anne Naffziger is not only a prosecution whizz, but also well versed in trade dress, unfair competition and trade secret law. “Karin Pagnanelli is a fine lawyer who is responsive and thoughtful. She understands the courts and is familiar with judges, which puts her one step ahead of her adversaries at trial.” Pagnanelli can be found at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. Paul Reidl is the guy to call if you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. He frequents federal courts to defend clients in do-or-die situations and never buries his clients in fees. He runs a one-man show at the Law Office of Paul W Reidl. Former senior legal director of Yahoo! Inc. Mike Rodenbaugh of Rodenbaugh Law knows better than anyone the needs of a business when it comes to brand protection. Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass hosts seasoned practitioner Lawrence Siskind. He partners with clients to design programmes which leverage IP assets to their full potential. “Mark Steiner is a superb lawyer. His work is done expertly and completed in excellent time. He is a leader in the Bay Area for trademark matters.” Steiner is a partner at Duane Morris. Rhema Law Group’s John Tran is a trademark barbell, muscling out opponents with his razor-sharp arguments, and is someone to watch out for in the courtroom. Rhonda Trotter of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer “takes on difficult IP litigation with confidence and poise. She is a force of nature”. The technology sector is a happy hunting ground for Robert Weikert of Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office. “Responsive, bright and dedicated” are just a few words used to describe Weikert. “He understands clients’ businesses inside and out” and uses litigation as a tool for their fulfilment. He represents American National Red Cross in an ongoing trademark infringement matter against Simple Clinic regarding the iconic red cross symbol. Holmes Weinberg partner Steven Marc Weinberg draws on over 30 years of experience. “He’s a great litigator who provides smart and practical counsel.” Alonzo Wickers of Davis Wright Tremaine is the first port of call for those in the entertainment, media and technology sectors. He has a firm grasp of clients’ businesses and concentrates his efforts on designing bulletproof strategy. Up-to-the-minute trademark knowledge is crucial for Squire Patton Boggs’ Philip Zender as he helps his many pharmaceutical clients to navigate the choppy waters of the USPTO and Food and Drug Administration. Not siloed to one industry, Zender works across sectors and consistently delivers flawless strategy.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Andrew P Bridges - Fenwick & West LLP
  • John W Crittenden - Cooley LLP
  • Bobby Ghajar - Cooley LLP
  • Peter Harvey - Harvey & Company
  • Robert N Phillips - Reed Smith LLP
  • Jill M Pietrini - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Jedediah Wakefield - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Karen Webb - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Eric Ball - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Ian K Boyd - Sideman & Bancroft LLP
  • Gina L Durham - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Gregory S Gilchrist - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Jennifer A Golinveaux - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Valerie M Goo - Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Kent B Goss - Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Anthony M Keats - KeatsGatien LLP
  • Christian W Liedtke - Acuminis LLP
  • Michael McCue - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP 
  • Larry W McFarland - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Susan M Natland - Knobbe Martens
  • Anne H Peck - Cooley LLP
  • John L Slafsky - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Vijay K Toke - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Rhonda R Trotter - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Carlo F Van den Bosch - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Perry J Viscounty - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Jane Shay Wald - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Steven Marc Weinberg - Holmes Weinberg PC
  • Dennis L Wilson - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Lynda J Zadra-Symes - Knobbe Martens
  • Raffi V Zerounian - Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Rochelle D Alpert - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Ian C Ballon - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jennifer Barry - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Marcy J Bergman - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Noel M Cook - Owen Wickersham & Erickson PC
  • Michelle A Cooke - Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • Andy Coombs - J Andrew Coombs APC
  • Daniel C DeCarlo - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Laura Franco - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Simon J Frankel - Covington & Burling LLP
  • David W Grace - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Lisa Greenwald-Swire - Fish & Richardson PC
  • Stacey R Halpern - Knobbe Martens
  • Susan E Hollander - Venable LLP
  • Annette L Hurst - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Jonathan A Hyman - Knobbe Martens
  • Jeff K Joyner - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Howard Kroll - Tucker Ellis
  • Enoch Liang - LTL Attorneys LLP
  • Lisa M Martens - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • David Martinez - Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Mark Miller - O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Karin Pagnanelli - Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Kenneth G Parker - Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Paul W Reidl - Law Offices of Paul W Reidl
  • Mike Rodenbaugh - Rodenbaugh Law
  • David Steele - Tucker Ellis
  • Mark A Steiner - Duane Morris LLP
  • John D Tran - Rhema Law Group
  • Robert A Weikert - Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Kenneth L Wilton - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Sally M Abel - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Jorge Arciniega - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Katherine M Basile - Reed Smith LLP
  • David W Grace - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Susan L Heller - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • John L Slafsky - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Karen Webb - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Jennifer D Arkowitz - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Carole F Barrett - Barrett IP Law
  • Lori N Boatright - Loza & Loza
  • Ian K Boyd - Sideman & Bancroft LLP
  • Michelle A Cooke - Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • John W Crittenden - Cooley LLP
  • Connie L Ellerbach - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Jason E Garcia - Reed Smith LLP
  • Beth M Goldman - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Jennifer A Golinveaux - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Lisa Greenwald-Swire - Fish & Richardson PC
  • Anne Hiaring Hocking - Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
  • Richard L Kirkpatrick - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Joan Kupersmith Larkin - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Anthony J Malutta - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Anne H Peck - Cooley LLP
  • Diane Reed - Knobbe Martens
  • Jeffrey Van Hoosear - Knobbe Martens
  • Jane Shay Wald - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Steven Marc Weinberg - Holmes Weinberg PC
  • Gail Abbas - Pranger Law PC
  • Tsan Abrahamson - Cobalt LLP
  • Rochelle D Alpert - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Laura Franco - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • J Scott Gerien - Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty
  • Bobby Ghajar - Cooley LLP
  • Catherine J Holland - Knobbe Martens
  • Jonathan A Hyman - Knobbe Martens
  • Anthony M Keats - KeatsGatien LLP
  • Candice E Kim - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Lori S Kozak - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Jennifer Lantz - Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Irene Y Lee - Russ August & Kabat
  • Béatrice Martinet - Sideman & Bancroft LLP 
  • Kelly P McCarthy - Sideman & Bancroft LLP
  • Anne Naffziger - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Susan G O'Neill - Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Carla B Oakley - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • John Paul Oleksiuk - Cooley LLP
  • R Gwen Peterson - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Holly Pranger - Pranger Law PC
  • Lawrence J Siskind - Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
  • Mark A Steiner - Duane Morris LLP
  • Carlo F Van den Bosch - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Alonzo Wickers - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Philip R Zender - Squire Patton Boggs US LLP
  • Raffi V Zerounian - Hanson Bridgett LLP

Luminaries

  • J Thomas McCarthy - Morrison & Foerster LLP