United States: Georgia

Firms

  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Troutman Sanders LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

“A serious competitor in the trademark and advertising fields”, Alston & Bird excels in all aspects of portfolio management – especially for leading international brand names. Its team of dedicated IP practitioners “provides excellent trademark counsel” and is “an extremely solid option for the prosecution and maintenance of marks, as well as for litigation”. Its base of operations is in Atlanta, where practice head David Stewart is stationed. “Stewart should be on anybody’s A-list. He is a strong, insightful litigator and is able to craft well calculated and designed arguments. Eloquent and articulate, his practical judgment slashes costs for clients.” Another smooth courtroom operator, Jason Rosenberg’s wide-reaching knowledge of trademark and false advertising laws is a boon for rights holders looking to maximise protection for their intangible assets.

Ballard Spahr LLP

With close to 10,000 marks under its stewardship and with a flair for handling bet-the-company disputes, Ballard Spahr is an assured partner to an array of brand owners across the country. The side’s versatile and integrated IP practice consummately covers the gamut of trademark-related quandaries, while a tight network of foreign counsel enables it to dispatch cross-border mandates effortlessly. Previously the IP litigation group leader, Lawrence Nodine continues to be one of Ballard Spahr’s star players: “A truly talented trademark practitioner, he is a creative litigator with a real depth of knowledge and is definitely a go-to lawyer in this area.” Nodine is also a respected arbitrator and an active member of the trademark community; he recently assisted the International Trademark Association as one of the amicus curiae counsel for a brief regarding the highly publicised In Re Tam case.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

National heavyweight Greenberg Traurig has historically brandished considerable clout in the entertainment space here in the Peach state. As a result, its trademark practice has flourished and attracted a steady flow of branding mandates from major media clients and musicians. Robert Rosenbloum marries the two practices: his forte lies at the intersection of intellectual property and music, and he has helped to lock down countless IP-rich deals for artists. Last year, he and Joel Feldman advised the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences on two important transactions in China for its famous GRAMMY mark. Feldman supervises the Greenberg squad and has played an instrumental role in expanding and diversifying the firm’s sparkling clientele. “He understands your business priorities and preferences and provides excellent guidance. He does a wonderful job of distilling complex issues so that they are easy to understand, and he is truly a pleasure to work with.” Another satisfied customer avers: “Despite the high demand for his services from many significant brands, he will always make time for you.” Completing the set is Jamie Shipp, a perennial client favourite with tonnes of experience in everything from portfolio management to enforcement and licensing.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

A name that resonates across the United States for branding work, Kilpatrick Townsend has further solidified its presence at the apex of the IP market over the last year. Today it houses over 100 dedicated trademark and copyright professionals – an impressive milestone by any measure. Its Atlanta office is the beating heart of its operations and its team there is “just unbelievably terrific. It is the best of the best – every one of its lawyers is extremely knowledgeable and the ultimate professional.” “There’s no doubt that the firm lives up to its national gold ranking”; “it handles prosecution and litigation, and everything in between, at the highest level”. That the firm “has a brains trust and is full of thought leaders” comes as no surprise given the presence of nationally renowned names such as William Brewster and Theodore Davis. “Brewster is one of the best trademark trial lawyers in the country.” “A fierce litigator with a strong client base”, “he is a branding scholar” and “everybody knows that he knows his stuff”. Similarly “Davis is an excellent litigator” but he is also “a top choice in the field of prosecution”. The “well-educated and consummate professional” is “unmatched when it comes to pure trademark knowledge” and “has been recognised in pretty much every way a trademark lawyer can be, as virtually no accolade has escaped him”. Another pair of dignitaries, Jerre Swann and Miles Alexander are two of the most seasoned and esteemed individuals at the firm. Swann has tackled a plethora of high-stakes disputes over his glittering career and is a significant contributor to the IP landscape as a whole. Alexander is likewise “one of the all-time stars of this field”. “A wonderful mentor” and “tremendous lawyer”, “he is incredibly sharp and continues to be key to the firm’s unceasing success. There are so few lawyers on the globe on his level”. Of course, the venerated Kilpatrick Townsend ensemble also includes “a deep bench of younger partners, which enables the trademark practice to become better and better over time”. Both Charles Henn and Charles Hooker “are rising stars” who have “taken responsibility for some of the world’s most significant brands and helped to shepherd them through many challenges”. Hooker makes his debut in the WTR 1000 this year, as does Olivia Maria Baratta, “an excellent practitioner working with major clients”; she also strikes a particular chord with international associates. Sabina Vayner is “a really superb and thoughtful attorney” who balances her time between counselling and enforcing her clients’ marks, especially before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Alicia Grahn Jones is another recurring face at the TTAB: “She is very reasonable and rational, which makes it easy to work out disputes with her. She is even-keeled and highly professional.” The impeccable counselling of Christopher Bussert has won him many fans; alive to business concerns, he keeps an eagle eye on his clients’ marks to maximise their potential. Christine James, too, is often on the receiving end of much praise for her shrewd legal and business insights, not to mention her dedication to her trade. With “plenty of expertise in the trademark arena”, James Trigg makes for a refined all-round adviser. However, his speciality lies in resolving overlapping IP issues that involve the Internet, domain names and social media. By the same token, Judith Powell shines brightly at the confluence between cyberspace and trademark matters and has served on the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association for several years. Tywanda Harris Lord divides her practice between counselling and litigation; having spent time both as an assistant district attorney and as interim in-house counsel to a Fortune 500 company, she comes equipped with a unique and commercially oriented perspective.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw understands that in trademarks one size does not fit all; its adoption of Lean Six Sigma principles and tools under its SeyfarthLean programme has helped myriad brand owners to precisely and efficiently locate the pain points of their trademark portfolios. Its Seyfarth Link platform adds further value by streamlining processes to reduce decision-making time and increase productivity. The “very effective” Joseph Myers III has assimilated these innovations into his practice to spectacular effect. His skills stretch from clearance to litigation, in addition to managing global distribution agreements.

Troutman Sanders LLP

Troutman Sanders inspires confidence across the spectrum: its international reach and adaptable team of savvy attorneys make the management of global portfolios a cinch, while its contentious prowess is invaluable for those rights holders looking to nip infringements in the bud. The “reliable and honest” Michael Hobbs leads the charge on the trademark front. One loyal client gives him “the highest recommendation. He is incredibly responsive, always meets his deadline commitments and, most importantly, provides very usable, business practical counsel.” The “really talented and respected” Hobbs is also a magnet for praise among peers: “He takes a collegial and common sense approach to brand management and is a delight to work with and against. He is always focused on resolving the issues at hand.”

Other recommended experts

Tucker Barr of Arnall Golden Gregory offers a safe harbour for any trademark owner looking to secure and expand their rights: “He is quick to respond, takes the time to learn about your business and does a great job of blending legal advice and commercial considerations.” Nathan Belzer is singled out for his prosecution skills. Operating out of his own eponymous outfit, Belzer PC, he is also a dab hand at trademark litigation and an astute negotiator. Anuj Desai, a trusted caretaker of many unwieldy and sprawling portfolios. He is adept at maintaining and enforcing his clients’ intellectual property and has a special knack for matters concerning creative review. He calls Arnall Golden Gregory home. Jonathan Goins of Lewis Brisbois is “a well-respected member of the IP bar and a vital partner to businesses. You can have the utmost confidence in him, as he is responsive, efficient and produces high-quality work when securing registrations, negotiating licenses or resolving disputes”. Taylor English’s Amanda Groover Hyland is “a great litigator and a real professional”. Specialising in IP and First Amendment topics, she is “definitely a rising star in the trademark field”. GigaLaw plays host to Douglas Isenberg, an internationally renowned expert for all matters relating to internet law. His extensive experience proves especially potent in domain name disputes and transactions. Based at the newly merged Eversheds Sutherland, James Johnson has several stellar achievements on his résumé, including a spell as an examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office and stints as in-house counsel at Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s. Former chair of the IP section of the State Bar of Georgia, Rodgers Lunsford III’s practice focuses on sophisticated IP litigation, although he also doubles as a polished counsellor. He works out of Smith, Gambrell & Russell. “Jeffrey Sladkus does really exceptional work out of his boutique the Sladkus Law Group. He serves a rich client base across the world and his work product rivals that of the major trademark law firms here.”

Individuals

  • William H Brewster - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Theodore H Davis Jr - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Christopher Bussert - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Joel Feldman - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • R Charles Henn - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Michael D Hobbs - Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Douglas Isenberg - The GigaLaw Firm
  • Christine P James - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 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
  • Judith A Powell - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • 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
  • Nathan C Belzer - Belzer PC
  • Anuj Desai - Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Jonathan Goins - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
  • Charles H Hooker - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Amanda Groover Hyland - Taylor English Duma LLP
  • Tywanda Harris Lord - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • J Rodgers Lunsford III - Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Jason Rosenberg - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Robert A Rosenbloum - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jamie Shipp - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jeffrey B Sladkus - The Sladkus Law Group
  • Sabina A Vayner - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Luminaries

  • Miles J Alexander - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Jerre B Swann - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP