United States: Florida


  • Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist PA
  • Carlton Fields
  • Lott & Fischer PL
  • Espinosa Martinez Law

Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist PA

In conflict scenarios, partnering with Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist is a good idea; the IP and business litigation boutique creates high threat value as a result of its trial readiness, which generates opportunities for quick and cost-effective resolutions. The side is also a leader in Florida for arbitration and mediation. Dynamic in prosecution and IP transactions too, the ensemble is an excellent all-round performer. “Hugely experienced and tremendous across the contentious/non-contentious divide”, board-certified IP specialist Ava Doppelt supplies strong leadership to the practice.

Carlton Fields

Carlton Fields has been on an excellent run of form recently picking up several new international trademark portfolios and being instructed on an increasing number and range of complex enforcement assignments. Its trademark lawyers earn trust by taking the time to meet with clients and learn all about how they operate and are appreciated for designing holistic strategies to help businesses meet their present and future business goals. Flexibility when it comes to alternative fee structures further sweetens the deal. Each of the firm’s WTR 1000-ranked practitioners – Orlando-based Jill Sarnoff Riola and Tampa’s William Giltinan and Eleanor Yost – pick up excellent feedback from the market. Litigation and licensing pro Riola is described as being “one of the finest trademark attorneys in the United States”. Showing the value of her extensive in-house experience, “she is extremely client-oriented and provides guidance not just on the law but on sound business practices”. Protecting and monetising IP assets is the metier of Giltinan, who is a “commercially aware lawyer with deep experience and a calm and approachable demeanour”. Versatile litigator and portfolio manager Yost is “absolutely fantastic and exceptionally knowledgeable about US and international trademark law. Eleanor understands her clients’ risk profiles and does a great job tailoring her advice. Incredibly responsive, efficient with her time, cost-effective and practical, she can be recommended without hesitation.”

Espinosa Martinez Law

Miami IP specialist Espinosa Martinez is a popular choice for international referral work into the United States, especially among law firms and rights holders in Latin America. Helpfully, it provides registration and renewal services on a flat-fee basis; as to quality, its track record securing watertight protection from the USPTO speaks for itself. Being extremely well-connected globally – and not just with the larger high-profile firms but with sophisticated though lesser-known boutiques – it is also a safe pair of hands for outbound work. Jorge Espinosa is the key contact for a number of household-name brands and many small to medium-sized businesses in the South Florida region. He modifies his approach for every client and always looks to add value.

Lott & Fischer PL

“Top-notch” Miami IP ensemble Lott & Fischer maintains a thriving trademark prosecution and counselling practice but is best known for its litigious prowess. Founding partner Leslie Lott has “an intimate knowledge of trademark law, extensive TTAB experience and is an excellent litigator and mediator”. “She is an aggressive enforcer who goes hard for her clients, although she looks for ways to resolve disputes early where it makes sense to do so.” She plays a prominent role in developing trademark practice, law and policy in Florida and the United States through committee, panel and other appointments and university teaching.

Other recommended experts

Schooled in all IP disciplines, experienced David Friedland of Friedland Vining is a single point of contact for rights holders of any size with diverse needs. He has cultivated an excellent reputation in the alternative dispute resolution domain. David Greenbaum flies the flag for Fox Rothschild in Florida. He puts deft negotiation skills to good use in transactional and enforcement scenarios. James Menker and Gabrielle Holley run the show at trademark and copyright boutique Holley & Menker. Partnering closely with clients internationally, they provide commercial and pragmatic advice – former examiner Menker in connection with TTAB proceedings and enforcement; and Holley with respect to prosecution and portfolio management. The helmswoman of her own eponymous bi-coastal firm, Brittany Maxey-Fisher is an ace when it comes to international prosecution. She knows all the hallmarks of a strong portfolio and locks them in place for clients through effective and efficient management. When disputes arise, she swiftly puts them to bed extra-judicially. Respected IP trial attorney and mediator Mark Stein is “hugely experienced in enforcement and the ideal local counsel for complex cases.” He runs his own self-titled firm. Greenberg Traurig’s Alan Sutin recently moved to Miami from New York although still divides his time between the two cities. Practical and business-oriented, he is a savvy IP deal broker who makes all the right moves for celebrity clients such as Jennifer Lopez and famous brands such as Godiva Chocolatier. Not just a transactions maestro, he excels in worldwide prosecution and enforcement. A new face in the WTR 1000 this year, Stephen Wilson leads the IP group at one of Florida’s oldest firms, Beggs & Lane. Excellent at spotting issues and problem solving – and someone who sees the big picture – Wilson is in his element when bringing coherence to large portfolios; he is also a dab hand on non-traditional trademarks.


  • Ava K Doppelt - Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist PA
  • Jorge Espinosa - Espinosa Martinez Law
  • David Friedland - Friedland Vining PA
  • William Giltinan - Carlton Fields
  • David I Greenbaum - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Gabrielle Holley - Holley & Menker
  • Leslie J Lott - Lott & Fischer PL
  • Brittany J Maxey-Fisher - Maxey-Fisher, PLLC
  • James R Menker - Holley & Menker
  • Jill Sarnoff Riola - Carlton Fields
  • Mark E Stein - Mark Stein Law
  • Alan N Sutin - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Stephen D Wilson - Beggs & Lane RLLP
  • Eleanor Yost - Carlton Fields