United States: Georgia

Firms

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

Alston & Bird LLP

Alston & Bird analyses large international trademark portfolios thoroughly to create an excellent foundation for the pragmatic and commercially strategic prosecution and portfolio advice it dispenses. Meticulous preparation is also central to the set’s success in trademark litigation and enforcement. Leader of the brands practice David Stewart takes nothing for granted when safeguarding – and advancing – the interests of marquee clients such as Chick-fil-A, a restaurant chain with over 2,000 locations in 47 states. Making good use of his copyright and trademark expertise, he sews up well-rounded protections for the famous patron covering more than 24 countries. Stewart litigates at a high level, too, and has recently represented Hillstone Restaurant Group and CVS Health in infringement and dilution lawsuits. Jason Rosenberg is also a repository of trust for many a household name. An artful persuader, he has recently been fighting on behalf of Synovus Financial Corporation against an asset management company. Rosenberg is also an authority when it comes to social media and advertising issues.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Fluent in all aspects of the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of brands, Greenberg Traurig maintains one of the largest trademark practices in the United States. The organisation channels its impressive resources judiciously to render an efficient service; the quality is unquestionably there, too, so Fortune 500s are more than happy to entrust the firm with a quasi-in-house counsel role. The feedback for several top staffers in the Atlanta office is exceptional. Regarding transactional maven and well-rounded counsellor Robert Rosenbloum and brand management supremo Joel Feldman, one source comments: “Bobby and Joel are fully at every stage of the trademark creation, filing, monitoring and ongoing protection processes and, with their expertise, our brand is growing and thriving around the world. They provide top-rate legal services promptly and we rely on them completely.” On Feldman, another remarks: “Joel does a wonderful job distilling complex issues down so that I can easily share options and solutions with my internal clients. In just a short period of time he has obtained a number of very positive outcomes for us, including solving a major online infringement issue that had been plaguing us. He understands his clients’ cost concerns and is very reasonable when it comes to alternative billing arrangements. He is truly a pleasure to partner with.” “Sabina Vayner consistently provides exemplary advice and guidance while embodying the highest ideals of the legal profession. She is also a community leader who is committed to pro bono work in the service of the underprivileged in Georgia and elsewhere.” She focuses on federal district court litigation and TTAB proceedings. Vital to the smooth running and success of the practice is senior attorney Jamie Shipp. She works closely with Feldman and Rosenbloum to manage the portfolio of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which includes the famous GRAMMY trademark.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Quality is the watchword for Kilpatrick Townsend, which runs one of the most sophisticated trademark and copyright practices of any firm in the world. It is a master of all core and adjacent soft-IP trades, from portfolio management to online enforcement, administrative and court litigation and everything before, after and in between. It is also a guiding light in specific fields such as non-traditional marks and social media. A deep bench of specialists is one of the firm’s defining features; in Georgia, it has no less than 11 WTR 1000-recommended individuals. William Brewster unites with Charles Hooker and Charles Henn to decisively clear all brand protection and enforcement obstacles for two global sportswear brands. Brewster brings strong leadership to the trademark department as its co-chief; Hooker and Henn – “good trademark lawyers, period” – form a tailor-made litigation strike force for many prestigious clients. Brewster also combines with Alicia Grahn Jones to give iconic battery brand Energizer a tip-top service; Jones is an astute strategist for global portfolios. A “business-minded problem solver” for multinationals, Tywanda Harris Lord forms part of a large team, which includes Jones, that gives a social media leader all the firepower it needs to maintain key brands in the best of health. “An absolute rock star when it comes to high-level work”, influential practitioner Theodore Davis has served on the INTA board and as chair of the ABA’s IP section; he very much fits the thought-leader mould. So, too, does Christopher Bussert, thanks to more than three decades in the business of brands. “Chris is one of the few IP counsellors with an inside-and-out knowledge of franchise law. He provides practical and business-oriented advice that helps in-house counsel to advise their senior management. He stays on top of hot trademark topics, is very proactive and provides holistic guidance.” Additional names for the contact book are James Trigg, Judith Powell, Christine James and Olivia Maria Baratta: Trigg is an adept all-rounder but a go-to on internet-related issues; likewise litigator Powell, who serves on INTA’s Internet Committee; James is a reference on international trademark law and brings rigour and wisdom to the management of worldwide portfolios; Baratta’s stage is also a global one, although her focus is on cross-border disputes.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The Atlanta office is of considerable strategic importance to Seyfarth Shaw as it is home to Joseph Myers III, who has been instrumental in applying – and adapting – Lean Six Sigma principles at the firm. This has had a particularly striking effect on the ensemble’s portfolio management practice in terms of driving efficiencies and reducing costs while maintaining quality. Myers garners rave reviews from the clients who know him best: “He can handle a high volume of US trademark clearance work effortlessly, and has outstanding global brand management expertise. He excels at devising suitable alternative billing arrangements and coming up with innovative solutions to trademark problems. He maintains a vast amount of data regarding portfolios to help patrons see historical trends and therefore make more thoughtful business decisions.”

Troutman Sanders LLP

Across its coast-to-coast network, Troutman Sanders maintains a highly credible IP practice and a well-rounded team with abundant prosecution, litigation and monetisation expertise. Active on all fronts is Michael Hobbs of Atlanta, “a top guy and an absolute gentleman who represents his clients strongly but with humility and grace”. A frequent flyer in federal courtrooms, he has sharpened his trial skills to a fine point. He regularly takes to the podium as a speaker on an array of topics, showing himself to be an exceptionally broad, deep and up-to-date IP thinker.

Other recommended experts

Tucker Barr is an extremely approachable and user-friendly attorney. He provides sound business and legal guidance and communicates effectively with people at all levels.” He practices at Arnall Golden Gregory, as does fellow litigator Anuj Desai, who serves on INTA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Jonathan Goins of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith is a protean IP lawyer – he litigates assertively, counsels deftly and negotiates deals proficiently. On the trademark front he does a lot of litigation and has recently been acting for Teach for America in an infringement suit; he sorted the matter with the minimum of fuss, enabling his client to continue its use of the ‘Million Words Campaign’ slogan. Amanda Groover Hyland has a thriving practice at Taylor English Duma. Lately she has been handling prosecution and portfolio work for a diverse clientele that includes Waffle House, SiteOne, MovieGuide and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. As a litigator, she has carved out great results for many others. Her firm is a great fit for effective representation at lower rates than a downtown outfit in a shiny skyscraper can offer. Douglas Isenberg, the founding partner of The GigaLaw Firm, is a torch-bearer in the field of internet law. A mastermind when it comes to domain names, he successfully represented a client in the largest-ever UDRP complaint. Ballard Spahr’s Lawrence Nodine “knows trademark law extremely well and is a thoughtful lawyer and brilliant writer”. Commentators cite him as a leading expert on alternative forms of dispute resolution. “Jeffrey Sladkus is flexible and reasonably priced. He has a nice, effective counselling and litigation style and gets things done without letting ego get in the way. He’s got a lot of trademark work and is very successful.” He is the managing partner of The Sladkus Law Group.

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
  • Alicia Grahn Jones - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Joseph V Myers III - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Lawrence K Nodine - Ballard Spahr 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
  • Anuj Desai - Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Jonathan Goins - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Charles H Hooker - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Amanda Groover Hyland - Taylor English Duma LLP
  • Christine P James - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Tywanda Harris Lord - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Judith A Powell - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 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 - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Luminaries

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