United States: DC Metro Area

Firms: enforcement and litigation

Firms: prosecution and strategy

Arent Fox LLP

Having invested heavily in its trademark department for the better part of a decade, Arent Fox now has a muscular group of 40 dedicated specialists. Its strong regulatory and cybersecurity groups work in tandem with the team to concoct comprehensive solutions to the most convoluted brand rights conundrums. “Incredibly gifted” litigation dynamo Michael Grow is a name to note. He has acted as lead counsel in more than 100 civil actions and over 500 TTAB proceedings. Taking a page out of Grow’s book, Anthony Lupo is a contentious hotshot who is as sharp as a tack. He is a widely recognised authority in the fashion, media and technology industries and serves a long list of iconic names, such as Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent, Pixar and Tesla, who all rely on his litigious and prosecution skills. James Davis operates seamlessly across the contentious/non-contentious divide and also has a knack for internet law and domain name disputes. He protects the brands of the Saul Zaentz Company which possesses the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Further prosecution prowess is found in Christopher Norton. He excels at managing gigantic global portfolios and is instructed by Restaurant Brands International to safeguard the idolised BURGER KING and TIM HORTONS marks. When clients need a helping hand in Latin America, Ricardo Fischer and Cristina Carvalho are the go-to individuals, both bilingual in English and Spanish and qualified to practice in Venezuela and Brazil respectively. “Ricardo is a valued external adviser who is friendly and approachable. He is proactive and makes himself available to answer questions quickly. He has exceptional knowledge of trademark law and is well versed in the fashion sector. He has a service-minded approach and turns work around swiftly. Ricardo is buoyed by a technically sound and high-quality set of practitioners.” Carvalho is a prosecution ace who is experienced in licensing and technology transfers; she assists Petrobras in transactional matters.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Full-service firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is an IP titan, key to the side’s success is a team of passionate lawyers who are grounded by a transparent, client-driven approach. This is especially valued by start-ups, who need an assured hand and close guidance as they launch into a competitive market. The group takes its cue from Bryce Maynard “an extremely diligent litigator who is equally effective in enforcement as he is in mediation”. Maynard is proficient in all phases of trademark protection and was recently successful alongside Bassam Ibrahim in defending Powersports Plus Right against RevZilla Motorsports to register the PARTIZILLA mark. Debuting in the WTR 1000 this year, “Bassam excels at international trademark prosecution. He is extremely responsive and knowledgeable”, is a familiar face before the TTAB and USPTO and is adept at opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Cooley LLP

Cooley effectively leverages its global network to support clients in their expansion overseas. As one respondent enthuses: “With this firm you don’t get mindless filings and registrations – there is a focus on providing valuable short and long-term strategic counselling. The team has honed its approach and functions at a 100% efficiency rate, which makes for a positive client experience every time. Everyone there has the same philosophy, they start by addressing the facts, add in context, mix in legal and risk factors and this culminates in a well-thought out recommendation. They don’t mess around when it comes to their clients’ time. Calls and meetings are set with a briefing agenda along with discussion points to prompt decisions and ensure everyone is on the same page. This team alignment starts with Brendan Hughes, he gives comfort to clients because he understands their unique concerns and needs. As brand protection moves to a global scale it becomes more difficult to work in sync, but Brandon nails it every time. He is dedicated to getting the right answer and guarantees that in-house teams are armed with the best knowledge to guide the business in the right direction, he is the biggest name in technology and media at the moment.” Although a skilled litigator, Hughes is also a prosecution whizz who assesses portfolios with a fine-toothed comb. When it comes to strategising, as one respondent states: “Brendan has the unique ability to take complex and intertwined legal matters and distil them into clear and actionable tactics”. Another IP superstar and chair of the global trademark, copyright and advertising practice group, “Peter Willsey is a gentleman and an honourable adversary. He gets down to business quickly and does not waste time going back and forth. Peter’s counsel is always based on his client’s objectives, he does not advise to obtain a trademark just for the sake of it and is a savvy strategist when it comes to filings.” His landmark win of 2017 was an appellate victory for Google in a high-stakes ‘genericide’ trademark suit that threatened the famous GOOGLE trademark.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

With offices throughout the world, DLA Piper has an international perspective and is perfectly poised to guide clients as they realise their global ambitions. The firm is structured into practice groups, which work across disciplines and industries, ensuring that the best people are always on the case. Active on all fronts, DC’s Ann Ford “is a tenacious litigator who knows when to jump in and when to stand down”. Drawing from a wealth of experience, Ford easily cuts straight to the heart of a matter and is “instrumental when it comes to protecting IP rights”. She is entrusted by Lululemon Athletica to expand its IP holdings and to protect designs and products. Right-hand man Thomas Zutic handles prosecution mandates with finesse. “Tom has a spectacular client roster and is a brilliant asset for in-house counsel. He perfectly blends spot-on trademark advice, flawless legal execution and a friendly demeanour. When it comes to licensing issues he is a nimble negotiator and achieves the best pay-offs quickly. The key difference with Tom is that he quickly identifies the most critical issues and crafts unique and cost-effective solutions.” For those in a transactional tight spot, Ryan Compton is quick to lend a helping hand, thriving on complex licensing and M&A issues. He takes a step back to see the bigger picture and employs fine-tuned communication skills to help facilitate an amicable agreement. Compton is kept busy by Dr Seuss Enterprises, which relies on him in licensing matters, as well as in prosecution. “Ryan invests his time to learn the ins and outs of his client’s business and products, which he uses to provide excellent trademark and copyright advice which works on an international level. He is a trusted adviser and acts as an extension of in-house legal departments to tackle sophisticated IP matters.”

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Budget conscious, pragmatic and results-oriented are just some of the hallmarks of the Dykema Gossett trademark service. Responding to the pressures felt by in-house counsel, the firm offers a flat-fee subscription programme, which encompasses a suite of key trademark services called BRANDAMENTALS. Taking the reins of the trademark department is Jennifer Fraser. A former examining attorney with the USPTO, Fraser has first-hand knowledge of the intricacies of trademark law and prosecution procedure, which she uses to anticipate problems early on and deliver future-proof strategies. She is instructed by Covestro, a predecessor of Bayer, to obtain and enforce its marks. Eric Fingerhut is a mainstay of the group and protects marks with precision and poise. He draws up brand protection programmes that can weather the toughest storms and will fight tooth and nail to defend rights holders when conflicts arise.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP 

“The trademark practice at Finnegan is among the best in the world. The firm is top-notch from top to bottom and delivers high-calibre services right across the board.” “Douglas (Chip) Rettew runs a tight operation and sets the standard for his colleagues to follow. He understands his clients’ businesses intimately, and his broad skills are essential in getting to grips with the myriad risks that brand owners face. Douglas goes the extra mile when developing strategies for brand protection and finds creative and cost-efficient ways to deliver an outstanding legal service. He’s a bigwig in the IP arena; his shrewd litigation and trial skills are unmatched.” Alongside Douglas, Danny Awdeh is the other leader of this powerhouse. “The quality of the work produced by Finnegan is only surpassed by the quality of relationships and trust that both Douglas and Danny establish with their clients; this pair is at the top of their game.” “Danny is a truly talented lawyer and the go-to guy for high-profile trademark and trade dress litigation. He supports his clients around the globe and has a valuable presence in China. Danny collaborates with patrons to build creative IP protection programmes which proficiently deal with the threat of dilution, taking into consideration related matters of copyright, domain name and unfair competition law. He’s an unstoppable force, combining outstanding lawyering skills with a genuine concern for his clients’ businesses. His knowledge of prosecution, enforcement and strategy are above and beyond any other private practitioner, and he masterfully balances legal risk with commercial solutions.” New to the WTR 1000 this year after a wave of positive feedback is Naresh Kilaru. “Naresh has a refined and evolved understanding of US trademark law. His articulation of issues and solutions set out in briefs is highly impressive. Naresh’s arguments are logical and well-reasoned and communicated with such a degree of clarity that it is obvious he has a gift for legal writing. His litigation skills are deserving of the same praise and his performance at trial is formidable. Naresh projects assuredness and has a distinguished presence; he firmly grasps the complex facts and laws governing a case, while also thinking quickly on his feet.” The multi-faceted Brett Heavner is diligent in providing trademark support and makes himself readily available when needed. “The guidance he gives is well-founded, and he is flexible with alternative approaches to find the option which fits best.” “Mark Sommers is a superlative lawyer, with superb legal know-how and an acute business sense; he is the perfect outside counsel. A battle-tested litigator, his skills are mature and he operates with surgical precision. Mark understands how to position a case in the most effective way, he is comfortable in court and has magnificent intuition. When it comes to prosecution, he has the innate ability to manage strategic IP portfolio issues considering long-term goals. Another bonus for clients is that Mark is happy to give off-the-cuff, common-sense answers to complex legal questions when they crop up.” Wrapping up the troupe are Christie Baty Hudgins and Christopher Foley. These two are not ones to push around paper; they understand that intellectual property does not operate in a legal vacuum and look to drive value with their brand protection initiatives.

Gerben Law Firm PLLC 

Compact boutique Gerben consistently appears near the top of the US trademark filing statistics. However, it is not just about the numbers for this ultra-efficient team; it has robust review processes in place and spends a lot of one-on-one time with clients discussing and advising on strategy, all of which makes for a high-quality service comparable to one offered by a sophisticated international firm. Overseeing the practice is Joshua Gerben, a vastly experienced prosecution expert who has handled hundreds of TTAB cases. “Josh provides clear recommendations that are easy to understand and implement and rightly prides himself on quality.” He and Eric Perrott are “quite simply at the top of their game. They make the complexities of trademark protection a simple and cost-effective process for clients and are personable, reliable and a pleasure to deal with.”

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Business outfit Gibson Dunn & Crutcher utilises its resources across the country to encourage IP knowledge flow. Howard Hogan is the backbone of the DC office. His trademark team thrives in the cut and thrust of intense litigation and he is a force to be reckoned with, combining top-flight skills with innovative thinking. Testament to his high standing, he was called on to act as an expert witness for 1-800 contacts in a case regarding trademark dispute settlement agreements before the US Federal Trade Commission. He has also been working tirelessly to reverse the 2017 verdict that ordered Facebook to pay $500 million in damages to ZeniMax following litigation arising out of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR. Hogan also won preliminary injunctions against a number of online merchants, including Alibaba, who were selling counterfeit products of his client Kering’s famous brands such as Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Hogan and the firm are fighting right on the frontlines of the most pressing trademark issues.

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight is home to one of the most praised trademark, copyright and unfair competition lawyers in the country in Paul Kilmer, who garners the best feedback of any lawyer in the WTR 1000: “Paul takes his work seriously and does an impeccable job on every task. He is recognised around the world as a trademark and copyright authority and the leading expert on plain packaging. Regardless of jurisdiction, his strategies deliver maximum benefits to clients. Across all sectors and business models, Paul applies his vast knowledge of international law to different and challenging situations like a charm. His career to date has been successful and illustrious.” “Paul is exceptionally well-organised, and an effective communicator who gets straight to the point. A deep thinker, Paul is highly perceptive and industrious and provides strategic direction that is crystal clear and timely. Never patronising, he understands cultural differences and is a courteous and considerate professional who is a role model for attorneys everywhere.” He has an outstanding associate in Daniel Neustadt, who has “brilliant search and prosecution skills”.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth was born out of a merger between Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Hunton & Williams in April 2018. The firm now hosts 70 IP lawyers stationed across seven states and the District of Columbia. While the name may have changed, this ensemble continues to be recognised for its ability to deftly manage diverse portfolios. One of the busiest of the practice, Susan Smith dexterously handles litigation, as well as being shrewd in the evaluation and global assessment of IP assets. When an issue becomes apparent she hits the ground running, a trait appreciated by Steve Madden who she assists in contentious briefs and worldwide portfolio management. Smith also works with the US Olympic Committee to maintain the five-rings logo, TEAM USA and OLYMPIC marks. Edward Colbert is another who inspires confidence. He has an assured way of handling complex problems, something only gained from experience. He has boasted plenty of success representing William Grant & Sons in a case involving the STOLICHNAYA and STOLI marks. Colbert is also a licensing buff who stitches together agreements with a steady hand. He played a key role in Constellation Brands’ acquisition of the Modelo brands.

Jones Day

Cross-border brand protection and trademark enforcement is a staple of Jones Day, a global firm with 43 outposts across the globe. Marquee clients flock to John Froemming whose track record is outstanding; he remains undefeated in more than 60 Lanham Act cases, including nine which have gone to trial. “John is a fantastic guy who treats people with respect and has a lot of energy. He is meticulous with details, instinctual with strategy and knows how to present to a jury in a convincing manner. What is equally impressive is that, even when he has the weight of the world on his shoulders, he still stays laser focused. The commitment he has to his job and to his clients is unparalleled. John puts in the time and without a doubt is the hardest working litigator around.” Froemming collaborated with colleagues across the country to defend the JM Smucker Company in a trademark infringement case over the use of ‘Pill Pockets’ and ‘Pill Pouches’, where they were successful in dismissing all of Mars’s trademark infringement claims. No one-trick pony, the firm is home to a bustling prosecution practice, catering to the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch and eos.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

The members of Katten Muchin Rosenman bolster domestic and international brands with cradle-to-grave trademark support. Running things in DC, Roger Furey is “knowledgeable and reliable”. He has an affinity with clients, which enables him to achieve their strategic visions. “Although Roger is chairman of the firm he makes himself easily accessible.” A man of many hats, he is a stand out in both prosecution and litigation, and “when it comes to trial he sticks to his guns – something that his adversaries respect”. Furey leads the charge on behalf of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation against Gulfstream Air Charter which has been using the Gulfstream trademark.

Kelly IP 

“Over the past five years Kelly IP has developed a reputation for excellence. It provides top-tier trademark, unfair competition, false advertising and copyright services, but its particular niche lies in internet-related matters. With acute business sense, an expeditious response rate and a strong grasp of commercial realities the firm is a trusted ally for brand owners of all sizes.” While the team is compact it “punches well above its weight” and is the place to go for big-ticket disputes. “Thoughtful opponent” Rob Litowitz and Stephanie Bald had a stunning win for Philips in a case against Hunt which threatened the core of the company’s business. “Stephanie is a fierce advocate for her clients and gives advice that works in the short and long term. Honesty, integrity and transparency are the principles she lives by; she always keeps her clients’ best interests at heart.” This tight-knit group shares the heavy lifting, and when expert insight is needed Linda K McLeod is there to step in. “As a former trademark board judge she is the reigning queen of the TTAB. Her previous experience is valuable when it comes to deftly manoeuvring through the system.” For make-or-break disputes David M Kelly is the man to call: “He’s smart as a whip and always 10 steps ahead of his rivals. When complex questions arise he thinks outside of the box to deliver ingenious solutions.” For brand management puzzles, Lynn M Jordan provides clued-in counsel. “Lynn is user-friendly to put it simply. She is prompt and crafts strategy that is aligned with commercial objectives. She is a leading expert in the field of entertainment law and her judgement is highly valued by others.” The BBC, Disney, Expedia, Harley-Davidson, Hershey’s and Twentieth Century Fox are only a handful of the stellar clients which Kelly IP caters to in prosecution.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

In trademark practice “Kilpatrick Townsend has made an outstanding name for itself across the United States”. The firm’s IP team excels on complex matters and is, for example, particularly strong on non-traditional marks. Trademark maestros David Mayberry and Allisen Pawlenty-Altman are the names to know in DC. Mayberry is a seasoned litigator who applies his contentious experience to structuring airtight portfolios that will hold their own under the pressures of court. Not one to fight just for the sake of it, he is also an ace arbitrator and mediator. “Allisen is an extraordinary attorney. She cuts a dash managing global trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement programmes. She is increasingly becoming a prominent leader in the field and has a noteworthy practice protecting emerging digital brands. She is someone you can trust implicitly with tricky trademark issues.”

McDermott Will & Emery

Serving a roster packed with industry leaders, McDermott Will & Emery has a longstanding reputation in the alcoholic beverages space. However, not siloed to one sector, it is an IP dynamo that offers wall-to-wall support around the globe. A stable and consistent team acts under the assured leadership of John Dabney. “John is the real deal and provides legal advice that is second to none. He’s an outstanding trademark attorney who excels at both litigation and counselling. He has an exhaustive knowledge of unfair competition law and can turn opinions around quickly without excessive formality. A tried-and-tested trial lawyer, John is never shy about bringing a case to court, but he always exercises astute business judgement. When it comes down to it, he’s a tough, no-nonsense litigator. If you’re going to put it all on the line, John is the one to trust.” At his side Robert Zelnick is a consistently excellent performer. “He builds relationships with clients and works tirelessly to achieve their strategic visions.” A litigation maven, Zelnick also counsels on trademark and advertising issues. The Absolut Company frequently calls on him to assist with advertising compliance. His colleague Richard Kim handles multinational portfolios with finesse; he is an adept filer and also knows how to craft enduring brand protection programmes. Joanne Ludovici draws up bulletproof agreements in her stand-out transactional practice and cleverly manages sprawling and unwieldy portfolios.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis & Bockius offers 360-degree IP services for local and foreign businesses. Operating seamlessly across offices, the team treats brand management as if it were a fine art and has a “fantastic litigation team” and a sophisticated transaction practice. The IP set excels at delivering impactful advice that is up to date with the latest trends, keeping brands in tip-top shape whatever the weather. Karen Butcher is the driving force; she recently led the charge representing Dr Pepper Snapple Group in its $1.7 billion acquisition of Bali Brands. She is also the primary counsel for Diageo, which she advises in connection with US and global brand strategy, as well as being responsible for the filing programmes for Smirnoff and Captain Morgan. Kristin Altoff acts in the same vein as Butcher; she understands potential prosecution risks at an early stage to prevent pitfalls further down the line. “Kristin and Anita Polott are diligent lawyers who put a creative spin on their work. They understand how the law intersects with business matters.” The pair specialise in tying up loose ends so that brands are protected to the utmost. Kevin Fee is a tenacious litigator who has had multiple wins on behalf of Amazon. He is currently working with Citigroup on enforcement matters.

Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PC

For some firms, trademarks play second fiddle to patents – this is not the case at Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe. The team understands the business importance of brands and has cultivated deep expertise on all aspects of protecting them. A vigorous crew is made up of Roberta Bren, Beth Chapman, Kathleen Cooney-Porter and Jeffrey Kaufman. “Roberta and Beth have been in the game for a long time and know all the tricks of the trade. Both have spent significant time at the USPTO and are wonderful resources when it comes to soft intellectual property.” Bren is pragmatic and commercial; Chapman is an ace on prosecution and TTAB proceedings. Described as “amazing”, Cooney-Porter and Kaufman are exceptional when it comes to high-level strategy. They joined the firm in 2016, switching over from Oblon where Cooney-Porter was an 18-year partner and Kaufman the managing partner.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Emerging companies and Fortune 500s call on Nixon Peabody’s trademark team which excels at managing and developing well-known brands. The firm has staunch IP protectors in multiple offices from Boston to Los Angeles. In DC, the anchors are Jeffrey Costellia and David May. Head of IP counselling and transactions, Costellia oversees prosecution for Alibaba while providing incisive business guidance. He is highly proficient at IP enforcement too. May is hailed as an “innovative practitioner with a great business brain and a diverse client following. He negotiates trademark disputes calmly and with tremendous outcomes.”

Pirkey Barber PLLC 

Pirkey Barber is a nationally recognised firm with an influential voice in trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. The soft IP connoisseur provides “knowledgeable, attentive and responsive services” to entrepreneurial businesses and behemoth brands alike, helping clients to prosper no matter their size. One of the best trademark experts of the practice, Tara Vold “gives wise and pragmatic legal counsel. She seamlessly works in both prosecution and enforcement; clients seek her out for her well-thought out and balanced approach.” Vold is up to speed with the latest market developments and has expanded her practice in recent years to handle internet and social media issues.

Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

Smith Gambrell & Russel hit a milestone in 2018 when it celebrated its 125th anniversary. Long-established but forward-looking, the practice continues to grow in tandem with its clients, and recently opened an office in Los Angeles to offer more easy accessibility to those on the West Coast. Responding to shifts in the legal services consumer market, cases are staffed adequately but leanly to keep costs at a minimum. All-rounders Bruce McDonald and James L Bikoff are respected practitioners in the trademark arena who cultivate deep and lasting relationships with brand owners. In litigation, their priority is always to settle rather than go to trial, but when duty calls they pull out all the stops for an IP showdown.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

With its strategically located offices in Europe and Asia, Steptoe & Johnson is in pole position to protect patrons globally. Co-captains Michael Allan and William Pecau are seasoned litigators who defend brands to the absolute hilt. A recent win for Allan was a trademark infringement and counterfeiting dispute in which the court awarded his client, Burberry, $16 million in damages. He is also kept busy by Moët Hennessy, which he advises on anti-counterfeiting matters, working with customs officials to protect the company’s well-known brands. “Will steps in if a problem crops up with no obvious solution. He assesses the situation thoughtfully and thoroughly, giving a fair assessment of the potential courses of action. When clients think they must acquiesce to a competitor in a trademark dispute, Will goes out and makes it right.” Another celebrated practitioner, “Rachel Hofstatter is a consummate professional. She’s extremely intelligent and has a profound level of trademark know-how. She understands the interplay between trademark and marketing law. When faced with an issue she never says no; she reviews the request, conducts thorough research and delivers comprehensive, yet clear commentary along with appropriate recommendations based on her risk assessment. She knows the best way to navigate the IP terrain domestically and internationally.”

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC 

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox proficiently handles the full spectrum of IP issues and has the bench to shepherd disputes to a successful close – even where trademark matters are tangled with other issues. Running the trademark and brand protection practice is Monica Riva Talley. “Monica is responsible for many global brands. She is a trusted and reliable resource for IP matters, pragmatically assessing issues to outline realistic options. She is responsive and her team makes handling complex projects look easy. Clients with high-level trademark needs should seek her out. She is first-rate and extremely results-oriented.” Talley previously worked in advertising and by using her knowledge of law and marketing, she not only protects trademarks to the max but shows clients how to enhance their brands as valuable assets. She is instructed by Cirque du Soleil, Paul Reed Smith Guitars and Verizon in non-contentious matters. Talley’s enthusiasm for creative solutions is also showcased by Tracy-Gene Durkin. When it comes to design patent issues she is as innovative as the products that she protects.

Sughrue Mion PLLC

“A boutique that stands out from the crowd,” Sughrue Mion knows the value of branding and has all aspects of the protection of marks on lock. This well-oiled machine flourishes under Gary Krugman, “the grandfather of trademark law”. As a former administrative trademark judge with the TTAB, he wrote the treatise TTAB Practice and Procedure and is a thought leader in the field. Another theoretically minded lawyer, Jody Haller Drake served on the board of directors for the American Intellectual Property Law Association for three years and is recognised by peers as a “top-end attorney”. She clicks with her clients and protects brands where it counts. Stephanie Wade has seen everything in her 30 years of practising trademark law. She never breaks a sweat when handling sprawling portfolios.

Venable LLP

“Venable provides an outstanding service. Its practitioners are profoundly knowledgeable and ultra-responsive; they give realistic advice and bring about highly satisfactory outcomes to all legal matters.” The IP group at this AmLaw 100 has the look and feel of a boutique considering its exceptional degree of specialisation in trademarks. The firm’s experts in different facets of brands practice do not operate in silos – they collaborate seamlessly so clients get the benefit of joined-up contentious and non-contentious strategies; that the team is stable and tight-knit certainly helps in this regard. Some of the best feedback is reserved for the dynamic Andrew D Price: “He is a delight to deal with and a superb lawyer who really fights for his clients. A brilliant strategist with a deep understanding of commercial needs, he gives practical, clear and creative advice. He also has an excellent team which can handle any matter.” Domestic and international prosecution ace Rebecca Liebowitz also garners enthusiastic praise. As one source comments: “I love working with Rebecca – she’s approachable and easy to partner with and has exceptional knowledge which she uses to accurately assess the strength of our portfolio. She goes the extra mile and has been very helpful in training our staff too, putting us in the best position moving forwards.” Providing solid leadership to the group as chair of the IP division and head of trademarks respectively are Justin Pierce and Mark Harrison. Pierce is a litigation mastermind who demonstrates an intimate understanding of his clients’ needs and pressures as a result of the high-level in-house experience on his résumé. He is a technically gifted inventor and has innovated in numerous areas, including anti-counterfeiting technology. Harrison has over three decades of experience and is a go-to for many global pharmaceutical companies. Speedy, prolific and accurate, he is one of the top trademark filers in the country. Coming on board following Fitzpatrick’s combination with Venable, Edmund Haughey bolsters the firm’s patent and trademark litigation practices.

Other recommended experts

Keith Barritt always finds the best strategies and gives foreign counsel clear explanations regarding the unique procedures of the USPTO. The quality of his work is top drawer and his prices never break the bank.” Barritt operates out of Fish & Richardson’s DC office. Peter Brody has “first-rate knowledge and provides on-point strategic counsel”. The Ropes & Gray litigator has scores of successes to his name. “Efficient and responsive,” Jennifer Dean turns heads with her effortless management of global portfolios. She can be found at Drinker Biddle & Reath. Foley & Ladner’s Mark Diliberti “is truly devoted to his clients. He is highly organised, knowledgeable and flexible in the way he tends to brand owners.” He handles non-contentious work for Harley-Davidson. Diliberti’s colleague Norm Rich affords clients of all sizes the same personalised touch. He helps capitalise on brand opportunities while minimising risk. The third member of the Foley & Lardner trio, Katherine Califa is a dependable strategic ally for her clients. She manages the global trademark portfolio of lighting company Pelican and advises it on new product launches. From her eponymously titled boutique, Lisa Dunner serves up airtight brand protection strategies that align with commercial objectives. Haynes and Boone’s Philip Hampton previously served as the USPTO assistant commissioner. He often pushes boundaries by thinking creatively. Steven Hollman of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton is a tried-and-tested litigator who knows how to handle himself in court. He has an affinity for cases arising out of the food and beverage and life sciences sectors. Quarles & Brady is home to Jonathan Hudis a seasoned lawyer who nurtures clients through the early stages of IP asset development; down the line he brings coherence to portfolios. He has developed a specialism in internet matters. Patrick Jennings of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is well positioned to assist at every stage of a brand’s lifecycle. He handles prosecution work for UBS. K&L Gates is the base of operations of counsellor and litigator Susan Kayser. Extremely quick on her feet, she presents resonant arguments in front of judges and juries. Versatile Karol Kepchar of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld “excels at portfolio management”. She has broad horizons and expertise encompassing copyright, internet, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting law. Gray Plant Mooty partner and American Intellectual Property Law Association bigwig Sheldon Klein is knowledgeable about all things trademark, but a particular authority on copyright and advertising law. Covington & Burling’s Marie Lavalleye is a distinguished lawyer and a go-to for critical branding issues. Barnes & Thornburg is home to Joseph Lewis, a seasoned pro on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. His considered strategies enable patrons to maximise the use of their trademark assets. His portfolio management clients include Otter Creek Brewing and Le Cordon Bleu. Timothy Lockhart is never one to let a matter fester; he quickly answers calls and responds to emails to not only comfort clients but also get them the answers they need, when they need them. “Tim has all the trademark know-how you want, but is also a business-oriented attorney. He is always looking for ways to make things happen and is a leader who gets everyone pulling in the same direction.” You can find him at cost-effective firm Wilcox & Savage. Deborah Lodge of Squire Patton Boggs pioneers forward-thinking strategies and brand protection programmes that effectively shield valuable brands. “Leo M Loughlin is a responsive lawyer who keeps his client’s commercial interests at the forefront of his mind. He obtains new trademarks quickly and cost-efficiently and is a very pragmatic lawyer.” He is a leader on the trademark side of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck’s sterling IP practice. Timothy Lyden co-chairs the US trademark prosecution practice at Hogan Lovells. He is a dexterous filer and IP monetiser with a wealth of TTAB and domain name arbitration experience. His colleague Anna Kurian Shaw understands the challenges that clients face in their respective industries. She overlays her trademark advice with sharpened strategic analysis. Superstar Julia Anne Matheson recently swapped Finnegan for Hogan Lovells. “Julia is a big name in the DC trademark market and is someone clients rely on for practical advice informed by huge experience. She does a lot of international work and is a savvy choice for China matters.” At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Rebecca McDougall turns her hand to brand management with consistently outstanding results. She builds close relations with clients, which enables her to better serve their specific needs. “John McElwaine of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough consistently provides top-quality service in trademark registration, brand management, infringement and enforcement. He is deeply knowledgeable in all areas of IP law and provides insightful advice and valuable counsel. John is a leading trademark practitioner in the Southeast. He handles high-tech agreements with ease, thinking through not just issues on the surface but also the ripple effects that could result depending on the position staked out.” “Hae Park-Suk is incredible over at Nixon & Vanderhye. Her opinions are comprehensive, informative and clearly written so that those who aren’t familiar with trademark law can grasp the significance of her findings. She assesses risk accurately and anticipates problems with time to spare to find the right solutions. She never misses anything.” Peter J Riebling runs his own self-titled firm, which is currently handling almost 5,000 copyright and trademark matters. Riebling has been on the brand protection frontlines for more than 25 years and previously served as a partner at an AmLaw 60 firm. Arnold & Porter lawyer John Rynkiewicz is a connoisseur when it comes to non-traditional marks. Potomac Law Group’s Janet Satterthwaite divides her time between prosecution and litigation. She gives clients a good strategic steer without leaving them worried about enormous legal bills. Shapiro and Silverstein’s Ronald Shapiro knows how to advance persuasive arguments in court and is a powerful litigator. David Silverman has cultivated a strong following in the communications industry; the range of his expertise is impressive as it encompasses IP, transactional, regulatory and licensing matters. The Davis Wright Tremaine lawyer manages the portfolios of Atlantic Media Company, the Golf Channel and UP Entertainment. Andrew Spivak of Mosaic Legal Group knows trademark, domain name and copyright law like the back of his hand. He provides insightful counsel both at the domestic and international level. The chair of Baker & Hostetler’s IP group, Mark Tidman is well versed in all phases of trademark protection. Drawing on over three decades of experience he selects the best way forward when it comes to creating robust and distinctive brands. Perkins Coie’s Fabricio Vayra is “a valuable resource for his clients because of his past in-house and his expertise in developing online enforcement campaigns”. Steven Wadyka of Greenberg Traurig has razor-sharp litigation skills and puts them to good use handling enforcement matters for Mars. Markery Law founder Stacey Watson previously held in-house trademark counsel roles at Walmart and Verisign. The trademark guidance she dispenses accounts for business realities. “Brian Winterfeldt understands international trademark strategy. He is widely admired for his intricate understanding of internet-related matters.” He runs Winterfeldt IP Group.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Danny M Awdeh - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Edward T Colbert - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • John J Dabney - McDermott Will & Emery
  • John G Froemming - Jones Day
  • Michael A Grow - Arent Fox LLP
  • David M Kelly - Kelly IP 
  • Anthony V Lupo - Arent Fox LLP
  • Douglas A Rettew - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Mark Sommers - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Stephanie Bald - Kelly IP 
  • James L Bikoff - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP 
  • Peter M Brody - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Ann K Ford - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Philip G Hampton II - Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Howard S Hogan - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Susan M Kayser - K&L Gates LLP
  • Gary D Krugman - Sughrue Mion PLLC
  • Rob Litowitz - Kelly IP 
  • Linda K McLeod - Kelly IP 
  • William G Pecau - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Peter J Riebling - Riebling IP, PLLC 
  • Janet F Satterthwaite - Potomac Law Group PLLC
  • Tara M Vold - Pirkey Barber PLLC
  • Steven J Wadyka Jr - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Peter J Willsey - Cooley LLP
  • Robert W Zelnick - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Michael J Allan - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Beth A Chapman - Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PC
  • James R Davis II - Arent Fox LLP
  • Kevin Fee - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Eric T Fingerhut - Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • Jennifer Fraser - Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • B Brett Heavner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Rachel M Hofstatter - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Steven P Hollman - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Brendan J Hughes - Cooley LLP
  • Karol A Kepchar - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Naresh Kilaru - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Sheldon H Klein - Gray Plant Mooty
  • Joseph D Lewis - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Leo M Loughlin - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC 
  • David J Mayberry - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Bryce J Maynard - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Bruce A McDonald - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
  • John C McElwaine - Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Justin Pierce - Venable LLP 
  • Anita B Polott - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Ronald E Shapiro - Shapiro and Silverstein PLLC
  • Anna Kurian Shaw - Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Susan A Smith - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Mark Tidman - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Fabricio Vayra - Perkins Coie LLP

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Mark B Harrison - Venable LLP
  • Lynn M Jordan - Kelly IP 
  • David M Kelly - Kelly IP 
  • Paul F Kilmer - Holland & Knight LLP
  • Anthony V Lupo - Arent Fox LLP
  • Julia Anne Matheson - Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Linda K McLeod - Kelly IP 
  • Andrew D Price - Venable LLP 
  • Brian J Winterfeldt - Winterfeldt IP Group
  • Danny M Awdeh - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Roberta S Bren - Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PC
  • Karen Butcher - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Jody Haller Drake - Sughrue Mion PLLC
  • Eric T Fingerhut - Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • Ann K Ford - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Joshua Gerben - Gerben Law Firm PLLC
  • Richard Y Kim - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Gary D Krugman - Sughrue Mion PLLC
  • Rebecca Liebowitz - Venable LLP
  • Timothy J Lockhart - Willcox & Savage, PC
  • Timothy Lyden - Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Hae Park-Suk - Nixon & Vanderhye PC
  • Justin Pierce - Venable LLP 
  • Douglas A Rettew - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Peter J Riebling - Riebling IP, PLLC 
  • Janet F Satterthwaite - Potomac Law Group PLLC
  • Mark Sommers - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Monica Riva Talley - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC 
  • Tara M Vold - Pirkey Barber PLLC
  • Peter J Willsey - Cooley LLP
  • Thomas E Zutic - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Kristin Altoff - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Keith A Barritt - Fish & Richardson PC
  • James L Bikoff - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP 
  • Katherine Califa - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Cristina Carvalho - Arent Fox LLP
  • Beth A Chapman - Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PC
  • Ryan Compton - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Kathleen Cooney-Porter - Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PC
  • Jeffrey L Costellia - Nixon Peabody LLP
  • James R Davis II - Arent Fox LLP
  • Jennifer L Dean - Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Mark Diliberti - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Lisa A Dunner - Dunner Law PLLC
  • Tracy-Gene Durkin - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC 
  • Ricardo Fischer - Arent Fox LLP
  • Christopher P Foley - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Jennifer Fraser - Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • Roger P Furey - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Edmund J Haughey III - Venable LLP
  • B Brett Heavner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Christie Baty Hudgins - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Jonathan Hudis - Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Brendan J Hughes - Cooley LLP
  • Bassam N Ibrahim - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Patrick J Jennings - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Jeffrey H Kaufman - Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PC
  • Karol A Kepchar - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Sheldon H Klein - Gray Plant Mooty
  • Marie A Lavalleye - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Joseph D Lewis - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Deborah M Lodge - Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
  • Leo M Loughlin - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC 
  • Joanne Ludovici - McDermott Will & Emery
  • David L May - Nixon Peabody LLP
  • David J Mayberry - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Bryce J Maynard - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Rebecca McDougall - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • John C McElwaine - Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Daniel Neustadt - Holland & Knight LLP
  • Christopher Norton - Arent Fox LLP
  • Allisen Pawlenty-Altman - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Eric Perrott - Gerben Law Firm PLLC
  • Norm Rich - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • John P Rynkiewicz - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • David M Silverman - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Susan A Smith - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Andrew Spivak - Mosaic Legal Group PLLC
  • Mark Tidman - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Stephanie K Wade - Sughrue Mion PLLC
  • Stacey Watson - Markery Law LLC