United States: Georgia

Firms

  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Taylor English Duma LLP
  • The Sladkus Law Group

Alston & Bird LLP

When it comes to intellectual property, Alston & Bird is a “heavy hitter in Georgia and nationally”. Proficient at managing large international trademark portfolios and assertive in its handling of brand infringement matters, it is a richly resourced all-rounder that can be trusted to deliver in any circumstance. Atlanta is the base of operations for trademark and copyright group chief David Stewart who is looked to by Fortune 100 companies for an authoritative take on brand strategy and effective representation in litigation. “Exceptional among local IP attorneys,” Jason Rosenberg is the go-to guy for incisive enforcement of trademark rights, particularly in the digital domain.

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Arnall Golden Gregory debuts in the WTR 1000 for 2020. Immensely popular among mid-market companies, the firm’s compact but mighty IP group is appreciated for its hands-on and cost-effective management of portfolios, confident stewardship of complex trademark disputes and litigation, and social media expertise. Anuj Desai manages the trademark practice astutely and has recently introduced workflow changes to enhance efficiency. The hybrid litigation and transactional lawyer “offers a level of customer service that is second to none. He is extremely well versed in IP law, prompt in his responses and exceptionally accommodating. Patient in explaining his recommendations, he is a true gentleman in every sense of the word.” Trademark protector and contract negotiator Tucker Barr is versatile, too, receiving loud applause. One client enthuses, “Tucker understands what you need from a business perspective and gives realistic and practical advice that is aligned with your commercial objectives. He never lets you spend money on anything that you would not get value from and is always there when you need him.” Local peers call him a “young and energetic partner with vim and vigour who is not afraid to go up against anyone”.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig’s IP and trademark lawyers communicate in a manner appropriate to the business environment of today; they do not send clients 10-page memos with every possible argument for the sake of covering themselves, but give clear, succinct and well-formatted practical advice. Entrepreneurialism and innovation also set the outfit apart; recognising that the billable hour concept is meaningless to many, it has aggressively moved on the alternative fee arrangement front and is now as flexible as they come. The embodiment of commerciality, Joel Feldman is one of the main draws in Atlanta. Keen to tap his leadership qualities, the firm recently promoted him to the role of vice chair of the trademark and brand management group and the inveterate problem solver is thriving in it. He frequently collaborates with his Atlanta colleagues Jamie Shipp and Robert Rosenbloum to render watertight trademark protections and big-picture strategic advice to the likes of ESPN, Triumph International (the estate of Michael Jackson), and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (owner of the famous GRAMMY trademark). In sync with them on a commercial level, Shipp connects well with her clients; she has a knack for addressing enforcement and other issues in China and India. Rosenbloum is the set’s media and entertainment guru. Another name to note locally is thoughtful, thorough and detail-oriented Sabina Vayner, a TTAB ace who – together with Feldman – has been cultivating a tremendous enforcement practice. They are currently acting for Kretek International against two Cuban state tobacco companies in a cigar trade dress and trademark matter that is making waves regarding the issue of excusable non-use.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has an abundance of riches when it comes to trademark talent and is “the obvious leader in Atlanta and a powerhouse in the brands space nationally”. The firm is “full of creative thinkers and a lot of best-in-class strategists” and has multiple counsellors and litigators in the WTR 1000 who, collectively, make light work of any trademark or brand-related issue. Theodore Davis is the logical person to start with; the former American Bar Association IP section chair and INTA board of directors executive committee member has “an encyclopaedic knowledge of trademark case law” and brings strong leadership not just to the Kilpatrick Townsend group but to all stakeholders in the trademark market. On the litigation side of the practice, William Brewster, Charles Henn, Charles Hooker, Judith Powell, James Trigg and Christopher Bussert all burn brightly: Brewster is a go-to lawyer for bet-the-brand litigation and co-chairs the firm’s 100-strong trademark and copyright team; Henn, who is acting alongside Brewster in a commercially consequential case on behalf of a leading battery brand, is clear and convincing at trial; Hooker has anchored important litigation for many household-name brands and gives generously to the IP, legal and business communities – he teaches university courses, undertakes extensive pro bono work and serves on boards; Powell is well versed in internet-related trademark issues and an artful strategist in trial settings; Trigg is a domain name disputes whiz and copyright litigation authority; and Bussert is an expert on licensing disputes. Discerning choices for portfolio management and international brand strategy include Olivia Maria Baratta, Christine James, Alicia Grahn Jones and Tywanda Harris Lord: Baratta is “brilliant in the trusted adviser role and excellent at deploying the right resources to solve clients’ problems”; James is a reference on international trademark law; Jones is a highly efficient global portfolio manager (and TTAB proceedings expert); and, alongside Jones, Lord takes care of a leading social media company with a portfolio of more than 5,000 active applications and registrations worldwide. All of these eminent lawyers benefit from the wisdom and experience of luminary Miles Alexander. He has been a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend for a remarkable 50-plus years and knows more about trademark and unfair competition law than virtually anyone in the country. Looking at Kilpatrick Townsend nationally, important points to note include the firm’s leadership in terms of fixed-fee work, its cutting-edge application of technology solutions and its knowledge of and presence in China.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP 

Big firms are chronically underfunded when it comes to legal tech development, but not Seyfarth Shaw, which is distinguishing itself as an absolute master of applied innovation in trademark practice. It is constantly rolling out new tools and support systems to make brand management a breeze. To cite just one example, it understands that enforcing IP rights in China is a major pain point for clients and has accordingly developed a technology-supported, multi-pronged approach to address this – the initiative involves collaborating with trustworthy firms on enforcement actions and raids and partnering with the best online brand enforcement providers to leverage their close relations with the likes of Alibaba Group and Amazon.com. Instrumental in effectuating the technological revolution at the firm is Director of Innovation Joseph V Myers III, who has an unparalleled ability to streamline the process by which ideas are nurtured from glimmers of inspiration to become registered and well-protected trademarks.

Taylor English Duma LLP

Scoring summary judgment and other litigation wins is a central thread in Taylor English Duma’s recent narrative; the IP professionals at this dynamic commercial ensemble have excellent strategic instincts and understand how to utilise federal procedures to get the results that clients need. They also deliver value – in-house counsel find that their legal bills can easily be justified when under pressure from the C-suite. Leading the line is Amanda Groover Hyland, a “tough, smart and respected” litigator with a “tireless work ethic and unshakeable focus on client service”. As one client praises, “Amanda quickly learns about your business and provides practical advice based on your specific fees and for a very reasonable fee”. Lately, she has handled a series of cases for vaping companies such as Big Bang Vape Co and Alien Vision E-Juice.

The Sladkus Law Group

Outstanding feedback puts The Sladkus Law Group in the WTR 1000 for the first time this year: “It responds immediately to all communications; offers very competitive prices; undertakes in-depth analysis; produces extremely accurate work; and, thanks to an excellent network, can provide excellent recommendations for professionals outside of the IP field.” The IP and business counselling boutique is run by Jeffrey B Sladkus, whom clients laud as a “reliable, well-prepared, frank lawyer whom you can talk to without looking at your watch and worrying about the bill. He is respectful of costs and expenses and is a very strategic thinker.” Sources cite his expertise representing Italian fashion brands as a mark of distinction, although he is active across all industry sectors and highly experienced.

Troutman Sanders LLP

When there is a need to litigate, Troutman Sanders lawyers set the table well; they understand file history in great detail and are highly effective at working up strong positions without clients having to spend significant sums of money. On the portfolio side of the practice, the team is business-oriented and tactical and not simply looking to get registrations for their own sake; it staffs matters appropriately and is increasingly moving towards a flat-fee model for prosecution work, too. Responsible for more than 10,000 applications and registrations, the firm needs to be efficient and is meeting the challenge head on. Atlanta-based leader of the practice Michael Hobbs deftly handles large portfolios and touch-and-go litigation. Clients state that “it is great when you have Michael on your side – he is a vital partner who handles challenging matters with the utmost professionalism and efficiency.” Joining him in the guide this year is all-rounder Austin Padgett, whom clients declare an “extremely helpful and knowledgeable lawyer who can guide you through the mind-blowingly complex task of protecting rights in a hundred jurisdictions when you are constantly coming up with new products and re-branding others”.

Other recommended experts

Jonathan Goins anchors Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith’s IP practice in Atlanta. Not just an experienced litigation lead counsel, he oversees the management and development of portfolios with an assured hand, too. In contentious scenarios, he is great at getting a read on judges, assessing potential risk and damages and using litigation to create business opportunities for his clients. Amy Hsiao of Adsero IP is “right at the heart of all the important IP interactions between the United States and China”. She is a vital contact for any brand doing business in China as she understands the language, culture and legal environment. Douglas Isenberg of the GigaLaw Firm is a thought leader when it comes to complex internet law and domain name matters and a beacon of light for some of the world’s most famous brands. Former Coca-Cola and Kellogg Company In-House Counsel and USPTO Examiner James Johnson is “not to be underestimated as an enforcer of trademark rights”. “He is really a guru in this space and, as a former president of the local IP Inn of Court, an important figure in Atlanta’s IP circle.” He practises at Eversheds Sutherland. Seasoned litigator Lawrence Nodine is hugely respected as a mediator and arbitration expert. A WIPO arbitrator for domain name disputes and a member of INTA’s panel of neutrals, he is steeped in the alternative forms of dispute resolution and is a great trial lawyer; he flies the flag for Ballard Spahr.

Individuals

  • William H Brewster - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Theodore H Davis Jr - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Joel Feldman - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Christopher Bussert - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • R Charles Henn - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Michael D Hobbs - Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Amy Hsiao - Adsero IP
  • Amanda Groover Hyland - Taylor English Duma LLP
  • James H Johnson Jr - Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Alicia Grahn Jones - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Joseph V Myers III - Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Lawrence K Nodine - Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Jason Rosenberg - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Jeffrey B Sladkus - The Sladkus Law Group 
  • David J Stewart - Alston & Bird LLP
  • James Trigg - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Olivia Maria Baratta - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Tucker Barr - Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Anuj Desai - Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Jonathan Goins - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Charles H Hooker - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Douglas Isenberg - The GigaLaw Firm
  • Christine P James - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Tywanda Harris Lord - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Austin Padgett - Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Judith A Powell - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Robert A Rosenbloum - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jamie Shipp - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Sabina A Vayner - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Luminaries

  • Miles J Alexander - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP