United States: Georgia
- Greenberg Traurig LLP
- Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Alston & Bird LLP
- Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Troutman Pepper
- Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
- Taylor English Duma LLP
- The Sladkus Law Group
Alston & Bird LLP
Alston & Bird’s trademark and copyright group collaborates seamlessly with hand-picked associates the world over to make global portfolio management, enforcement and strategic brand development a breeze for multinationals. Its work for Chick-fil-A is a case in point: taking advantage of their connections and refined global know-how, David Stewart and Nadya Sand have developed smart approaches to international registration and enforcement for the fast-food chain. Stewart provides strong leadership to the group and sets the standard of excellence when it comes to both counselling and litigation. Sand – who debuts in the WTR 1000 this year – is a fine do-it-all trademark practitioner: she crosses the contentious/non-contentious divide without missing a beat and brings expertise in areas such as advertising and social media to the mix. An authority on the latter – and a highly rated litigator with a sterling track record in high-stakes suits – Jason Rosenberg is an engine of Alston & Bird’s trademark practice. He is currently serving as lead counsel for National Geographic in a trademark and copyright case with significance in the context of the First Amendment; and is also representing ALDI in a major trademark infringement suit. On the counselling side, meanwhile, he manages several portfolios of Inspire Brands, including Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
An ideal fit both for mid-market companies and for larger entities with complex international portfolios, Arnall Golden Gregory operates cost effectively across the trademark lifecycle, showcasing a deft touch on brand management, litigation and IP commercialisation. The partners here delegate smartly, but don’t routinely push work down; they play a hands-on role to drive effective problem solving and successful outcomes. This is the modus operandi of Anuj Desai, an IP partner with extensive litigation and transactional experience. He maintains close and longstanding relationships with clients, who consider him a trusted adviser. He anchors the team in Atlanta alongside Tucker Barr, a versatile practitioner who serves as a vital strategic ally to start-ups as they carve out strong brand identities, and to established companies as they protect their turf. Desai and Barr work well together, including on behalf of a major restaurant chain, to which they render a highly tailored service encompassing a unique weekly reporting and threat prioritisation system.
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Greenberg Traurig maintains one of the best-resourced, farthest-reaching international brands practices going. Its lawyers demonstrate a deep understanding of pure trademark law, but add value thanks to expertise in ancillary areas such as advertising, IP valuation, domain names and social media; their well-rounded service is further enhanced by an appreciation of clients’ commercial objectives and risk profiles. Thanks to enthusiastic feedback, the firm ascends to the gold tier in the WTR 1000 rankings for 2021: “The team is efficient, budget-minded and provides pragmatic, business-focused advice, making it an excellent partner for a variety of trademark work. Its lawyers stay abreast of legal and market developments and are innovative thinkers, too.” Special praise is reserved for trademark and brand management group vice chair Joel Feldman, who is “at the top of the list in terms of effectiveness, responsiveness, intellect, creativity and trustworthiness”. “Joel has outstanding technical ability and a gift for clear and succinct communication, which is a rare blend. In disputes, he shows impeccable judgement on when to get tough and when to pursue cordial discussions; he resolves cases with little to no headache and at a reasonable cost.” His household-name clients include CrossFit, for which he has designed and executed many key strategy projects in the United States and other jurisdictions; and United Parcel Service, for which he has primary responsibility for worldwide clearance, prosecution, maintenance, opposition and enforcement. Sabina Vayner also receives plaudits as a “fantastic trademark lawyer, from clearance to prosecution and litigation”, and as a “go-to for social media queries”. Another local name to note is Jamie Shipp, who works closely with Feldman on domestic and international trademark prosecution for ESPN and the estate of Michael Jackson and Triumph International. Shipp is a senior practice group attorney with a reassuring bedside manner: she has great emotional intelligence and really connects with people. Atlanta is also home base for global entertainment and media practice chair Robert Rosenbloum, who undertakes extensive protection work for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with respect to its GRAMMY mark. He has an exceptional understanding of technology and is unafraid to break new ground to advance his clients’ causes.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
A towering presence when it comes to brands practice both in the United States and worldwide, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has a 110-strong team of lawyers dedicated to trademark and copyright matters. Partnering closely with a wide range of clients – from entrepreneurs to Fortune 100s – across myriad industries, the group delivers on its promise of outstanding legal and business expertise. Its Georgia line-up alone would make the firm a formidable force, thanks to the many superlative brand strategists and litigators on deck. Focusing on the prosecution and portfolio management side of the practice brings Alicia Grahn Jones, Olivia Maria Baratta and Christine James into view – each of them a safe pair of hands for companies’ most valuable brand assets. Jones “really understands business and gives measured advice”; she is also “extremely responsive and always available to pick up the phone and answer questions on the spot”. Pharmaceutical trademarks are a forte for Baratta, but works her magic in other fields too; she is also an ace on cross-border enforcement. Similarly, James has a comprehensive command of international trademark law. Centre stage in the litigation practice are William Brewster, Judith Powell, Charles Hooker and Charles Henn. “Great leader” Brewster co-captains the trademark and copyright division alongside New York’s David Mayberry and San Francisco-based Anthony Malutta; he brings incredible trial experience and tactical nous to the table. Powell – who has recently been taking charge on an ITC action – is another seasoned advocate with winning strategies and silky presentation skills. Hooker has handled must-win cases for leading sportswear brands, among many others, and is now coming into his own as a lead counsel. In the prime of his career, Henn is both a superb leader and collaborator. A number of lawyers in the group demonstrate exceptional well-roundedness in their practice, James Trigg, Tywanda Harris Lord and Christopher Bussert among them. Trigg is a go-to in the field of entertainment and content creation, and has internet-related matters on lock. Lord is at the forefront of some of the ensemble’s key relationships and matches a sterling litigation record with a perfectly pitched counselling demeanour. Bussert is a Swiss Army knife of a trademark lawyer, as an expert in brand management, licensing and litigation. Everyone in the Atlanta office – and across the firm – takes inspiration from “brilliant lawyer” Theodore Davis, who has an “encyclopaedic knowledge of trademark law” and is “in a class of his own”; and from Miles Alexander, an ultimate authority on trademarks.
Ensuring that clients’ business objectives are met through the content and structure of trademark portfolios, and the positioning of brand strategies, is the USP of Seyfarth Shaw. The development and deployment of sophisticated technological tools and lean practice methodologies have been fundamental to its success in this mission, which puts director of innovation Joseph Myers at the heart of the practice. Nobody knows better how to reduce in-house time and resource consumption than Myers, which makes him an invaluable asset. In the past year, he has focused his razor-sharp mind on game-changing anti-counterfeiting solutions which have significantly eased the enforcement burden for clients.
Taylor English Duma LLP
With an intuitive grasp of the commercial criticality of trademarks and other intangible assets, general practice Taylor English procures ironclad protection for patrons and sustains it throughout the brand lifecycle. Amanda Groover Hyland has earned an excellent reputation in Atlanta and much further afield, thanks to the consequential litigation victories she has masterminded both inside and outside the courtroom. As a poised brand manager and counsellor, she is a veritable one-woman band for rights holders.
The Sladkus Law Group
Responsiveness, reasonable fees and high quality are hallmarks of the IP service at this agile Atlanta boutique. The Sladkus Law Group carries out meticulous prosecution with the minimum of fuss and, as a growing force in the litigation and disputes arena, can shepherd clients safely through all eventualities. Operating on an international plane, notwithstanding its compact size, the set has all the tools and know-how to serve as a global brand guardian. The person in charge is Jeffrey B Sladkus, whose outstanding fundamental IP and corporate law knowledge translates into commercially attuned guidance.
Atlantan firm Troutman Sanders merged with Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton in July 2020 to create 1,000-plus lawyer outfit Troutman Pepper. Both legacy firms maintained strong trademark practices, making the new organisation a name for brand owners to keep centrally on their radars. Hailing from the Troutman Sanders side, Michael Hobbs and Austin Padgett cover all bases when it comes to the protection, enforcement and monetisation of trademarks. Nationally recognised real estate investor Crescent Communities entrusts Hobbs with the management of its substantial portfolio and looks to him as a pathfinder through tricky oppositions. He and Padgett regularly form a dynamic pairing on wide-ranging assignments; together they handle trademark and licensing matters for global non-profit medical services organisation Operation Smile in more than 40 jurisdictions, including Singapore, India, Venezuela, Peru, Canada, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Other recommended expertsJonathan Goins of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has a sparkling enforcement record, reflecting his talent for putting difficult conflicts to bed quickly and cost effectively through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He recently showcased this in brokering a favourable settlement for Teach for America in a case filed by Springboards to Education, which involved close collaboration with survey and accounting experts. For a US-based expert on Chinese trademark law, look no further than Amy Hsiao. The Adsero IP lawyer has tried and tested strategies at the ready for brand management and enforcement in Greater China. The GigaLaw Firm’s Douglas Isenberg is a font of insight and analysis on intersectional trademark and internet law issues. Having worked in-house and founded online companies, he practises law with a uniquely commercial touch. The CV of Eversheds Sutherland’s James Johnson makes for impressive reading: having served the USPTO as an examiner and worked in-house at The Coca-Cola Company and Kellogg’s, he understands the mindset of both clients and examiners, giving him an edge when it comes to commercially aligned prosecution. Laura Kees is a global prosecution and portfolio management master at Womble Bond Dickinson. Whatever the territory presenting new business opportunities for clients, she is ready to protect their brands swiftly and robustly. For Greystar Real Estate Partners – an integrated real estate company with over 1,600 properties – she works in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Japan and the European Union. She draws on invaluable support from associate Emily Scheible Whittaker. One of Ballard Spahr’s top IP litigators, Lawrence Nodine draws upon many years of lead counsel experience to resolve even the toughest trademark, copyright and patent suits. He is also a go-to for ADR expertise.
- William H Brewster - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Theodore H Davis Jr - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Joel Feldman - Greenberg Traurig LLP
- Joseph V Myers III - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- David J Stewart - Alston & Bird LLP
- Tucker Barr - Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
- Christopher Bussert - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Anuj Desai - Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
- R Charles Henn - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Michael D Hobbs - Troutman Pepper
- 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
- Lawrence K Nodine - Ballard Spahr LLP
- Jason Rosenberg - Alston & Bird LLP
- Robert A Rosenbloum - Greenberg Traurig LLP
- Jamie Shipp - Greenberg Traurig LLP
- Jeffrey B Sladkus - The Sladkus Law Group
- James Trigg - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Sabina A Vayner - Greenberg Traurig LLP
- Olivia Maria Baratta - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 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
- Laura Kees - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
- Tywanda Harris Lord - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Austin Padgett - Troutman Pepper
- Judith A Powell - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Nadya Sand - Alston & Bird LLP
- Miles J Alexander - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP