United States: Florida


  • Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist PA
  • Lott & Fischer PL
  • Carlton Fields
  • Espinosa Martinez PL
  • GrayRobinson PA
  • Malloy & Malloy, PL

Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist PA

Boutique firm Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist is an influential player in Florida’s IP scene. Incredibly versatile when it comes to brands, and intimate with many industry sectors, the team can field just about any trademark query from any client – and all comers receive the same excellent service and personal attention. Leading a stable and consistent group is gold-rated Ava Doppelt. An astute portfolio manager, proficient litigator and contract negotiation ace, Doppelt is a do-it-all lawyer. Generous with her time and expertise beyond the clients she represents, she contributes much to legal, business and civic life in Florida.

Carlton Fields

The IP crew at full-service powerhouse Carlton Fields consistently sets quality benchmarks across the spectrum of trademark and brand services. Well suited to assisting high-growth enterprises thanks to a rigorously commercial mindset, the team brings a lot to the table including cutting-edge expertise handling trademark matters in the digital realm and an excellent track record in infringement litigation. Inspiring leadership is provided by William Giltinan, who comes in for high praise from those he represents: “William is not only deeply knowledgeable about trademark law and practice, he readily anticipates and considers business-related and other practical considerations. He proposes multiple options and can always be relied upon to make a sound recommendation among them. He has a great sense of humour to boot.” He assists Amalie, a Florida-headquartered oil company, in connection with global portfolio management and enforcement. Other go-to pros in a stacked line up include Jill Sarnoff Riola and Douglas McDonald. Riola has impressive in-house experience – she served as Apple’s first in-house trademark counsel – which enables her to adopt a first-person perspective on the needs of her clients. Over the course of her private practice career, she has shown herself to be an excellent litigator and alternative dispute resolution ace. Vastly experienced as a litigator and IP all-rounder, McDonald is often called on by clients to serve in a broad capacity; he handles global portfolio management and enforcement work for leading interactive multichannel retailer HSN Inc.

Espinosa Martinez PL

Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018, boutique firm Espinosa Martinez continues to make waves in the Florida IP market. Managing partner Jorge Espinosa runs the group like a well-oiled machine, while prioritising the provision of outstanding customer service. He understands the fast-moving environment in which his clients operate and crafts forward-looking strategies. Continuously reassessing portfolios to ensure that they align with evolving business needs, he never takes his foot off the gas.

GrayRobinson PA

A corporate firm with stellar IP credentials, GrayRobinson has a passionate and proactive team of specialists which goes the extra mile for its clients. With several trial-savvy practitioners on deck, the ensemble is especially proficient at IP litigation. Two of the best are Stefan Stein and Debra Larsen. Stein is board-certified by the Florida Bar in business litigation, civil trial law and intellectual property and has honed his advocacy skills over nearly three decades. Testament to his high standing, he is frequently called on as an expert witness and is sought after by top firms nationally for local counsel representation in Florida. Larsen is abundantly experienced in court and at the TTAB. Both maintain robust prosecution practices – Stein’s in patents and Larsen’s in trademarks.

Lott & Fischer PL

“A high-quality IP boutique, Lott & Fischer is particularly skilled in trademarks and masterful in terms of litigation and dispute resolution.” Founding partner Leslie Lott is “someone you can always learn from – she is great at reading people and understanding their motivations, which helps her advance resonant arguments and solve seemingly intractable problems. She’s a special person.” Through her involvement with INTA – she is a past member of the organisation’s board and chair of various task forces and committees – she has shown herself to be a thought-leader in the trademark arena. She is also an authority when it comes to alternative dispute resolution.

Malloy & Malloy, PL

Malloy & Malloy has been in business since 1959, making it Florida’s longest-serving IP boutique. Unsurprisingly then, it has cultivated a rich practice in trademarks and runs everything from clearance searches to trials with an assured hand. Partner-in-charge of the IP litigation group John Cyril Malloy III is the person to call when in a bind. The seasoned advocate puts in assured performances at trial and appeal and runs international enforcement programmes dextrously. Multitalented, he displays a deft touch on portfolio management. He gives back to the community through his extra-curricular work, which has seen him teach intellectual property to university students and participate in legislative drafting and enactment efforts on both the patent and trademark side.

Other recommended experts

Certified by board of the Florida Bar for intellectual property, Amber Davis of Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire can be relied on 100% for quality representation. Specialising in commercial and IP litigation and TTAB work, she also provides wide-scope non-contentious services – whatever lands on her desk, she gets straight to the heart of the matter. Clients of compact boutique firm Friedland Vining are given undivided attention. Founding partner David Friedland runs an A-to-Z practice but is especially noted for his online enforcement expertise. He looks to resolve problems, not just fight them, and is an ace at mediation and arbitration. David Greenbaum of Fox Rothschild is a dynamic and versatile trademark lawyer. His appeal is founded on the provision of straightforward advice that eschews legalese. Lately, he has been busy with Swiss Army Knife maker Wenger, acting for it in a complex litigation against a Chinese infringer. Boutique Holley & Menker is home to the esteemed Gabrielle Holley. “Gabrielle’s sensible guidance is invaluable. Displaying an intimate knowledge of her clients’ businesses, she gives thorough, realistic and innovative advice.” Frank Jakes built Johnson, Blakely, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns’s reputation in intellectual property. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trademark law and uses it fully to present elegant arguments in court. Founder of her own self-titled boutique, Brittany Maxey-Fisher is exceptionally thorough in her patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret work and always thinks outside of the box to achieve great results. The second pillar of Holley & Menker is James Menker. Grasping complex fact patterns quickly, he explains options to clients in an easy to understand manner. He works with companies of all shapes and sizes, delivering tailor-made strategies in line with the unique needs of each. Lori Milvain is a prosecution maven and adept litigator. The Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine partner also possesses fine-tuned licensing and transactional skills, making her an excellent choice for those who desire a single point of contact for all their trademark needs. Business firm Berger Singerman is home to IP veteran Matthew Nelles. A crackerjack litigator with nearly 20 years of experience, he represents clients tenaciously, which is why so many top out-of-state lawyers call on him for local counsel representation. Transactional and brand management connoisseur Mark Passler of commercial firm Akerman is well-versed in all areas of intellectual property, as well as entertainment law. Complex litigation is meat and drink to Harry Schafer of Kenny Nachwalter. He delivers on the money, no matter whether it is a commercial, professional liability or IP case. Mark Stein provides cradle-to-grave IP services from his eponymous boutique firm. Passionate about trademarks, he is willing to go the extra mile to fully protect his clients’ brands and realise their business plans.


  • Ava K Doppelt - Allen, Dyer, Doppelt & Gilchrist PA
  • Leslie J Lott - Lott & Fischer PL
  • Jorge Espinosa - Espinosa Martinez PL
  • David Friedland - Friedland Vining PA
  • Frank R Jakes - Johnson, Blakely, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns PA
  • Debra Larsen - GrayRobinson PA
  • John Cyril Malloy III - Malloy & Malloy, PL
  • Brittany J Maxey-Fisher - Maxey-Fisher, PLLC
  • C Douglas McDonald - Carlton Fields
  • Jill Sarnoff Riola - Carlton Fields
  • Harry R Schafer - Kenny Nachwalter PA
  • Stefan Stein - GrayRobinson PA
  • Amber N Davis - Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire PLLC
  • William Giltinan - Carlton Fields
  • David I Greenbaum - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Gabrielle Holley - Holley & Menker
  • James R Menker - Holley & Menker
  • Lori T Milvain - Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine, LLP
  • Matthew Nelles - Berger Singerman LLP
  • Mark Passler - Akerman LLP
  • Mark E Stein - Mark Stein Law