United States: Illinois


Baker McKenzie

“Baker McKenzie’s team is highly professional, extremely well organised and always on top of docketing and deadlines” – key attributes that help it to maintain one of the best and largest global trademark practices. Also critical in this regard is the role played by senior lawyers such as Chicago-based David Davis, Shima Roy and Rebecca Lederhouse, who support brand owners in many meaningful ways. Mandated for portfolio management and disputes work, Davis sees the big picture and is a risk manager par excellence. Applying her talents to court litigation and TTAB proceedings, Roy knows when to fight aggressively and when to strike a more conciliatory tone. Debuting in the WTR 1000 for 2021, Lederhouse capitalises on a stint in-house to meet companies’ strategic needs with precision-guided counsel.

Banner Witcoff

Revered boutique Banner Witcoff is a safe pair of hands for any IP brief. It makes the most of its 125-plus attorney team to protect, defend and enforce trademark rights in just about all forums, industries and countries; it currently cares for some 14,500 active applications and registrations worldwide. One secret of the ensemble’s success is effective teamwork, with rights holders enjoying close attention from multiple senior lawyers. For YETI Coolers, for example, Anna King and Katie Laatsch Fink connect to provide sage counsel across the trademark lifecycle. Chair of the trademark committee King has extensive international rights management know-how and a knack for anticipating problems and resolving them before they blow up. Fink is appreciated for the clarity of her communications and her dedication to clients. In another integrated display, King and Richard Stockton protect Schneider Electric, which operates in 100-plus countries and maintains a portfolio of over 1,400 active trademarks.

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg knows what it takes to create and sustain strong brand identities in the luxury and fashion domains, and expeditiously deploys all necessary trademark tools to strengthen the iconic marks of patrons such as LVMH. It has a deep team for this purpose, with five representatives in the WTR 1000 for 2021 – up from three in the previous edition. The newcomers are Sharon Calhoun and Thomas Williams – both sophisticated counsellors and litigators with finely honed written and oral advocacy skills, who join returnees Scott Slavick, Wendi Sloane and Thomas Gniot. As co-leaders of the practice, Slavick and Sloane have instilled in the group a strategic and business-oriented approach; while Gniot has trademark and design patent expertise and brings a hawkish eye to prosecution. Together, the three have been representing LVMH in its partnership with Rihanna and her Fenty fashion brand.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

The Barnes & Thornburg trademark group is distinguished by its size, deep specialisation and business-friendly mindset. Its members leverage diverse experience to advise clients in any scenario, maintaining equal focus on quality outcomes and low billings. Alongside continued success in the practice, the recent election of Michael Carrillo as managing partner of the Chicago office has given the local – and national – team a sense of momentum, despite everything 2020 threw at the world. Versatile IP operator Carrillo turns his practical mind to the international management of trademark and patent portfolios and the creation of IP value. The firm also recently unveiled new signings John Cullis and Robert Browne, two seasoned litigators who joined by way of Reed Smith. The talent in place around Carrillo and his new colleagues is abundant. Labelled a “consummate trademark professional skilled in every facet of the practice”, Christopher Dolan “represents clients zealously while dealing with people from all backgrounds in a courteous and respectful manner”. With a focus on litigation, John Gabrielides and Jonathan Froemel take swift and decisive measures against infringers and add further clout to the practice. Another tried-and-tested litigator, Philip Jones brings advertising and marketing expertise to the mix, making the firm’s brands service reassuringly well rounded.

Brinks Gilson & Lione 

The preferred protector for a host of A-list companies with famous and valuable brands, Brinks more than earns its gold-tier placement in the WTR 1000. The storied boutique is distinguished by a rich history of trademark thought leadership, superb track record across the trademark spectrum, deep China expertise, an impressive bench of professionals and global proficiency, among many other things. Inspiring and motivating this wonderful team and its eminent patrons, Howard Michael and Andrew Avsec serve as trademark group co-chairs. Michael is a calming presence and rigorous strategic thinker who puts brand owners at ease when they are in a tight spot. Clients include Sallie Mae Bank, whose SALLIE MAE trademark he aggressively enforces and polices. Recommended as an “engaging, smart lawyer who totally gets his clients”, Avsec represents leading trademark service provider Corsearch in connection with portfolio management and enforcement. He undertakes this with Jeffery Handelman, a litigator cited for his “terrific TTAB experience and expertise”. Avsec also frequently collaborates with likeminded Virginia Wolk Marino to give rights holders first-class attention. “Virginia’s advice is always perfectly tailored to specific needs. She shows a level of flexibility and real-world understanding that is often lacking in other lawyers.” The firm’s profile is further elevated by IP Hall of Fame member Jerome Gilson and former INTA board member – and winner of the President’s Award – David Fleming, a “rock-solid, highly accomplished lawyer who is hugely respected in the trademark community”. Fleming is one of those rare senior lawyers – he has spent more than 35 years in the game – who stay at the cutting edge on internet-related matters.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Chicago team is hard to beat for its dynamism in trademark practice and willingness to go the extra mile for those it represents. The local group includes 16 of the 60-plus lawyers and professionals with extensive trademark know-how in the firm’s powerful 200-strong US IP and technology group – and one of its very best in Keith Medansky, who provides gold-standard guidance across the contentious/non-contentious divide. Clients think the world of Medansky, calling him an “outstanding professional when it comes to brand strategy, portfolio management and bet-the-mark litigation”. “Keith is astute as both a lawyer and businessman, and excels at giving pragmatic advice to some of the world’s most esteemed corporations. The level of his service is exemplary, thanks to his incredible work ethic and rapid response times.” His mentorship has accelerated the career of senior associate Michael Geller, who is a discerning choice for internet and social media matters: “Michael is someone to keep on speed dial and an invaluable asset to clients. He keeps commercial objectives and budget concerns in mind and dispenses trusted advice grounded in business practicalities.”

Greenberg Traurig LLP

When multi-faceted internet, new technology and IP matters arise, Greenberg Traurig can steps in with percipient legal and business advice. It has “one of the world’s foremost experts” in this intersectional field of practice in Marc Trachtenberg, an “incredibly client-conscious, efficient and cost-effective lawyer geared towards providing pragmatic and commercial counsel”. Perfectly equipped to handle domain name, internet governance, public policy and ICANN compliance issues, he “thinks outside the box to devise plans that address both short and long-term needs”. Whichever way you cut it, Greenberg Traurig is an all-singing, all-dancing trademark and IP firm.  It manages the largest global portfolios, designs brand strategies and monetises marks with brio – all tasks undertaken by global IP and technology group co-chair Mark Galis and experienced shareholder Jeffrey Dunning. “Thoughtful, personable and responsive, Mark is easy to partner with on all manner of clearance, filing, opposition and negotiation matters. He understands business and looks to maximise business benefit while minimising cost.” “Jeff is bright, savvy and practical, and offers a superb level of responsiveness.” The two often connect, as for WW Grainger and Blount International, whose worldwide trademark activities they oversee.

Greer Burns & Crain Ltd

Agile Chicago IP boutique Greer Burns & Crain provides a comprehensive menu of trademark service options to a diverse client base. Budget friendly and high quality, it secures all the right protections for its patrons in an efficient manner, ensuring that prosecution and litigation approaches all serve a commercial purpose. The stars of the show are Amy Ziegler and Justin Gaudio – the former an adroit portfolio manager, contract negotiator and enforcer; the latter an anti-counterfeiting specialist with a talent for combating online infringement.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten’s IP department maintains an eminent standing in the trademark community, instrumental to which is the leadership of Floyd Mandell, who laid the foundations of the IP department. His track record in big-ticket trademark litigation on behalf of world-famous technology, food and beverage, retail and fashion, media and entertainment and other brands is testament to his virtually unmatched expertise as a legal authority and advocate. Kristin Achterhoff gives prestigious companies potent representation in high-exposure cases, as a seasoned first-chair trial attorney and an astute counsellor.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

When premier brand owners become involved in hotly contested trademark disputes, they find Kirkland & Ellis a source of great comfort: it has the resources and superior litigation abilities to get clients the wins they need. The headline act is New York-based Dale Cendali, but Chicago’s Robin McCue is another important engine of the practice who has chalked up an impressive string of courtroom victories.

Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd

One of Chicago’s elite IP boutiques, Leydig, Voit & Mayer has been at the forefront of local patent and trademark practice for well over 100 years. The historic ensemble is relied on for its all-encompassing brands service, delivered courtesy of a formidable bench of distinguished professionals; between them, Mark Liss, Kevin Parks, Tamara Miller and Claudia Stangle have nearly as many years in the practice as the firm itself. Vice president Liss supplies dignified leadership to the group and to his clients, which he counsels and represents in litigation. Parks is cited by other prominent Chicagoans as an invaluable strategic sounding board, with a “balanced and business-minded approach to resolving issues”. Miller wins plaudits as a “superb, comprehensively knowledgeable IP attorney and a wonderful person”. Stangle plays a vital people, talent and diversity role for the organisation; while in her practice, she showcases a deft touch on internet and technology-related trademark matters.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Throughout all phases of the brand lifecycle, Loeb & Loeb delivers crisp advice that is targeted at achieving rights holders’ business goals. The set undertakes all the usual portfolio management, policing, disputes and litigation work you would expect – and does so vigorously – but excels at counselling on consumer branding and marketing at a deeply strategic level. This is the forte of Chicago managing partner Douglas Masters, a lawyer with a “unique ability to cut to the core of an issue and present a great solution”. “Doug is more creative than the vast majority of lawyers; drawing on his amazing legal and business knowledge, he is quick to assess a set of circumstances and then deliver an innovative solution designed around your specific corporate needs.” Though Masters is the focus of approbation, “the entire team at Loeb & Loeb responds quickly, manages work efficiently and provides sage advice”. Brian Heidelberger does so both as chair of the advertising, marketing and promotions practice and as a trademark representative of State Farm, Google and other top companies; while Robert Newman does likewise as an expert not just in IP law, but also in data security and privacy.

Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP

With an instinctive grasp of the business criticality of patents and brands, Marshall Gerstein boasts an exceptionally well-rounded IP offering to the market. Its trademark guardians possess wide-ranging rights protection, enforcement and commercialisation skills, and the ability to address any brand-related issue presented to them. Pacing the trademark and copyright group, Gregory Chinlund is a source of clear and efficient counsel and a repository of trust for US and international companies and foreign associates. A founding member of the practice, Richard LaBarge relishes the challenge of disputes involving complex risk profiles and sophisticated trademark issues. With client service awards to her name, Maureen Beacom Gorman is another popular pick, especially for online enforcement matters.

Mayer Brown

“Mayer Brown’s trademark attorneys invest time to learn about clients’ businesses and goals, so that they can provide right-sized legal and commercial counsel; they act like an extension of in-house teams in a way that adds immense value to relationships.” This is the code of conduct for trademark all-rounder Kristine Young, who debuts in the WTR 1000 this year: “Kristine is very detailed and strategic in her thinking, and is excellent at interfacing with foreign correspondents – she doesn’t just pass along their feedback, but takes it on board herself to better provide complete recommendations.” She forms a dynamic partnership with Michael Adams in the service of CTF Hotels and Resorts/Baha Mar Resorts and a prominent investment firm focused on real estate and hospitality. Hailed as a “fabulous, highly disciplined and organised lawyer”, Adams co-leads a refined brand management and internet practice that is renowned for its global strategic approach and its efficiency: Mayer Brown currently manages nearly 50,000 trademark files worldwide and never drops the ball on one. Adams also collaborates often with Richard Assmus, whose cultivated litigation and transactional skills are a major asset for the group.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd 

Capitalising on robust patent, trademark and copyright practices, McAndrews employs an interdisciplinary scheme of IP thinking to support rights holders and their business development in every conceivable way. The boutique maintains a rare level of consistency in terms of work quality and service, as a result of the uncommon stability of its team: many of its members have spent their entire careers here, which speaks to the firm’s unique culture and supportive dynamic. Patrick Arnold joined the ensemble after finishing his economic studies and has been a lynchpin of its success in the 32 years since. He links up with Hank Spuhler – who also arrived shortly after completing a bachelor’s degree 22 years ago – to add value for clients such as Transform Holdco (formerly Sears Brands and Kmart), whose global portfolio of over 3,000 marks they manage.  Arnold is chiefly known for his litigation prowess, which he recently displayed in a TTAB win for AbbVie, whose SKYRIZI trademark was found not to infringe Novartis’s IZIRIZE mark. Spuhler also litigates with aplomb on both the patent and soft IP sides. Ronald DiCerbo has been part of the McAndrews family for over 24 years and continues to contribute richly as a US and international trademark and designs protector and enforcer.

McDermott Will & Emery

With boots on the ground in locations of key strategic importance, McDermott Will & Emery is a savvy choice of partner for global brands. A one-stop shop for all trademark needs, it is in high demand for its incisive counsel aimed at brand growth and development, and its robust representation in must-win infringement disputes. Deploying from the Chicago office, Christina Martini and Jennifer Mikulina are two of the firm’s best. Martini had the advantage of terrific training early in her career and now, as global head of trademark prosecution and controversy, extends the same benefit to those under her care. The range of things she can do extremely well has made her a trusted adviser to myriad companies, including numerous leading pharmaceutical players. Like Martini, Mikulina connects well with clients on a commercial level and is recommended for her “spot-on judgement and tremendous expertise translating legal advice into language easily understood by business leaders”.

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

“Michael Best’s specialised IP attorneys manage international trademark matters quickly, but thoroughly; whatever day of the week and whatever time, they respond to enquiries fast and, upon completion of work, are prompt and detailed in their billing.” With feedback like this, the firm makes its first appearance in the WTR 1000 firm listings for Illinois this year – a recognition also deserved due to its effortless handling of tens of thousands of marks around the world. Spearheading the practice is Luke DeMarte, a lawyer to whom many industry leaders in sectors as diverse as furniture and finance owe their brand health and integrity. He gets right to the heart of legal and business matters and gives clear-cut advice and recommendations that make clients’ internal legal departments look good.  “Smart and practical, he is especially insightful when it comes to risk assessment.” The trademark team gains huge leverage from the in-house insight supplied by Susan Frohling, a former Kraft Foods Group chief trademark counsel who came on board in 2019. She knows how to work within tight budget constraints to achieve results that serve long-range business goals.  Michael Best represents many famous names in sports, music and the arts, which is where Jeffrey Brown comes into his own. He is a former concert producer and promoter and so, like Frohling, has real-world experience that elevates his practice.

Neal & McDevitt LLC 

With a complete command of trademark law and adjacent disciplines such as marketing, advertising and promotions, Neal & McDevitt is a go-to for total brand care. Admired for their thought and practice leadership, its accomplished experts assiduously protect patrons’ intangible assets worldwide, while cracking down hard on counterfeiting and infringements. The WTR 1000 features three senior members of its team for 2021, each of whom brings something special to the table. Richard Biagi has “outstanding analytical skills” and is a “cost-effective lawyer” with impressive versatility – diverse instructions keep him sharp and ready for anything. Co-founding partner Kevin McDevitt has equally broad horizons and is an influential voice in the international trademark discussion. Nicholas de la Torre is in his element litigating complex court cases and fighting for clients in TTAB proceedings, ICANN domain name disputes and anti-counterfeiting scenarios.

Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Gold-rated Neal Gerber & Eisenberg understands how to create distinct and dynamic brands that generate tremendous goodwill for companies in competitive global markets. Talented from top to bottom, partner to paralegal, the group of 46 professionals – backed by a well-functioning docketing department – acquits itself with distinction on wide-ranging assignments, from trademark registration and enforcement to cross-border portfolio management, brand licensing and hardcore competitor litigation. Setting the standard in all these endeavours is Michael Kelber, a “strong business and legal partner who does a brilliant job anticipating issues and offering actionable advice”. He has a likeminded colleague in Lee Eulgen, who partners with rights holders for the long term, delivering value-added services based on an intuitive appreciation of their needs; he supervises the enforcement of the famous BLUE CROSS and BLUE SHIELD word and design marks, among others. For contentious matters, Anthony McShane has a full playbook of proven strategies: having handled high-stakes IP disputes in courtrooms around the country, he has a sophisticated skillset that only experience can bring.

Norvell IP LLC

The go-to for a colourful catalogue of entrepreneurial clients and multinationals, agile boutique Norvell IP provides a tailored, flexible service that doesn’t break the bank, but affords top-quality trademark protection and representation. The practice is kept humming by founding partner Joseph Norvell, who stands out as a prolific TTAB and courtroom litigator with a striking track record. Joseph Kucala and Tom Monagan are also hotly tipped: the former for his strategic perspicacity and transactional IP dexterity; the latter for his perfectly pitched advocacy and broad trademark, false advertising, trade secret, unfair competition and privacy expertise. These attorneys “always rise to difficult challenges and give triple-checked answers and outstanding all-round counsel”.

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

Universally revered as an elite trademark outfit, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson engenders unshakeable trust, as reflected by the many relationships it has sustained over several decades – including some, remarkably, for more than a century. A font of insight on all trademark and brand-related topics, it presents solutions to routine and unusual situations alike with minimum fuss and maximum impact. Its deep bench is a defining features: it has 12 individuals recommended in the WTR 1000, which is significantly more than any other outfit in Chicago and puts it up there in Fross Zelnick territory as one of the world’s best. The firm is uniquely structured, in that it has no departments, teams or practice leaders – though litigator Bradley Cohn is a good place to start as managing partner. “Fiercely dedicated to knowing every intricacy of the law and all its case developments”, Cohn “wastes no time in getting to the core of issues and brilliantly delivers on exactly what his clients require”. Others garnering stand-out reviews are all-rounders Belinda Scrimenti and Thad Chaloemtiarana, and disputes specialist Philip Barengolts. “Belinda solves problems creatively and efficiently and is committed to the highest standard of seamless service.” Lately she has been overseeing international prosecution efforts for Advanced Micro Devices and subsidiary ATI Technologies. “When you place your faith in Thad, you will always be rewarded. He is thorough, incredibly knowledgeable, responsive, well organised and realistic, and is excellent in complex contentious proceedings.” “Philip does a wonderful job scaling to his clients and thinking through strategies for countering infringements by third parties.” His work is always hugely impactful for clients such as food brand Caulipower, which has secured rights in its rapidly expanding product base in all key current and future markets thanks to strategic input from Barengolts and Jessica Ekhoff. Debuting in the guide this year, Ekhoff was elected to the partnership at the beginning of 2020 in recognition of her exceptional diligence, steady demeanour and innovative thinking.  She is one of several rising stars at the firm; as is Ashly Boesche, a common-sense, pragmatic litigator who knows exactly how and when to dial up the aggression. Pattishall is an ideal training ground for up-and-coming lawyers because of the senior-level talent on hand to motivate and inspire. Developing others is an aspect of professional life that many here take seriously, including Janet Marvel, Jonathan Jennings, Joseph Welch, Robert Sacoff and Brett August – all of whom have at least 30 years of experience to share. Marvel loves diving into the business side of things, which is why she maintains such a vibrant start-up practice. Jennings is a touchstone lawyer for brand leaders in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as in energy and real estate; he can estimate chances of success with pinpoint precision, which gives rights holders real confidence in his action plans. As a litigator, Welch shows others what it means to practise with civility while representing his side with vigour. Like many of his colleagues, Sacoff has contributed richly to non-patent IP life in the United States, serving on the INTA and AIPLA boards, testifying before Congress, drafting rule revisions and much more; while through his litigious work, he has also advanced the state of the law for the benefit of brand owners. August is a trusted confidant for many innovative companies, which he serves as both sword and shield. The most seasoned veteran of all, though, is David Hilliard, an American College of Trial Lawyers fellow whose contentious nous is virtually unrivalled.

Perkins Coie LLP

Although dispersed throughout several officers, Perkins Coie’s trademark attorneys form a close, cohesive group; through regular conference calls to discuss the state of the practice, legal developments, client issues and other topics, they seek to share insight on best practice and learn from each other in meaningful ways. It helps that the wider firm fully appreciates what the trademark team brings to the table, offering full-bodied support to further facilitate this collaborative approach. Anchoring the practice in Chicago, Thomas Holt has razor-sharp enforcement and litigation skills, which he deploys for the benefit of an august academic institution and a leading sports and footwear brand. By all accounts, “Tom is wonderful to partner with and both a great lawyer and person. He does excellent work that evinces a fine understanding of his clients’ needs.”

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP 

Taft has enjoyed considerable growth in intellectual property in the past two years. In May 2019, it brought Paul McGrady into the fold; then in January 2020 it merged with Minneapolis-based Briggs & Morgan, which gave it additional capabilities along with new Minneapolis and Denver offices. The IP group now numbers nearly 100 lawyers, who collectively cover all the bases. Zooming in on Chicago, McGrady instantly propelled Taft into the premier league for domain name and ICANN work, for which he maintains a global reputation. “Paul is an absolute superstar. He has a curious mind and a great personality, which he applies dynamically for clients.” Operating at the cutting edge of online innovation, he is one of the few lawyers who can help brand owners truly keep up with – and stay in front of – online challenges that are constantly evolving. McGrady doesn’t just stay in this niche, however: a go-to for all things brand related, he is an erudite all-round resource for brand owners to confer with.

Ulmer & Berne LLP

Diversity is a feature of Ulmer & Berne’s IP practice: its specialists ply their trade across the IP spectrum, representing companies of all stripes in all sectors. The team handles prosecution and portfolio management as well as contentious assignments with alacrity, leaning heavily on the likes of Scott Rogers – a former general counsel who understands clients on a one-to-one level and who diligently, proactively and cost-effectively gets them the business outcomes they require. He acts for Ty Inc – his previous employer – and has recently been representing the company against Target over infringement of Ty’s rights in its Beanie Boos collection.

Winston & Strawn LLP 

A top Chicago-headquartered international firm, Winston & Strawn is synonymous with litigation excellence and superior advocacy skills. One of the marquee names on its trial bench on the non-patent IP side is Ronald Rothstein, who puts in poised performances in complex trademark infringement and false advertising cases, with a sterling record of success to show for it. He maintains a dynamic practice in the food industry, from which he has received a recent influx of instructions.

Other recommended experts

Jill Anderfuren does nothing short of amazing work in protecting and securing rights to clients’ key brands in their most important markets. She is responsive, time-efficient, clear, practical, flexible and commercial.” She practises out of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith alongside Bryan Sugar, who is endorsed by contemporaries as a “fantastic lawyer and a terrific person” to turn to for trademark prosecution and IP transactions. Experience sets Angelo Bufalino apart: he has counselled clients on a broad spectrum of IP matters for over 40 years and litigated and prosecuted extensively. The Vedder Price partner is an ideal fit for innovative companies with diverse intangible asset portfolios and needs. Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath has two stars in its Chicago office in Darren Cahr and James Saul. Cahr coordinates the protection and enforcement of many iconic brands for a leading healthcare multinational. He is extremely well-rounded in the practice; as is Saul, a lawyer whose silky-smooth negotiations and communications consistently get results. Versatile IP, entertainment and media lawyer Samuel Fifer flies the flag for Dentons in Chicago. His patrons include Halozyme Therapeutics, for which he oversees filings and implements brand strategies; he also acts for Drucker 1996 Literary Trust to protect its marks in Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. Carol Anne Been is another noteworthy name at Dentons, as a former chair of the IP and technology practice and current leadership team member and co-head of diversity and inclusion. She undertakes global work for a social media giant. Jami Gekas maintains a fully specced trademark practice at Foley & Lardner and is highly prized as a trusted strategic adviser, including by genomics company Helix OpCo, Darden Restaurants and innovative online digital educational and career tools provider Chegg. Her passion for brands shines through in her work. Sana Hakim and Kathryn Starshak are rainmakers at K&L Gates. Resourceful and adaptable trademark experts, they make the most of all available tools to safeguard brand integrity for the multinationals they represent. Marsha K Hoover takes ownership of clients’ IP concerns and is appreciated for her personal and dedicated service. She lifts a massive load off in-house counsel, thanks to her wide-ranging brands and trademarks know-how. Goldberg Kohn is where she is based – she chairs the firm’s IP group. “For insight on global trademark strategy, Dermot Horgan is an absolute must. He is an encyclopaedia of international knowledge and a maestro at prosecution.” He runs the show at IpHorgan. Alice Kelly gives Indianapolis-based full-service firm Ice Miller a strong trademark presence in Chicago. She takes great pleasure in saving companies time and money through astute brand management and enforcement, offering economical advice informed by a rich understanding of what drives clients’ business. Levenfeld Pearlstein IP partner Paula Jill Krasny is endorsed as a business-savvy brand strategist who finds creative ways not only to protect trademarks, but to commercialise them too. Bart A Lazar leverages broad-based business nous to seek out rational solutions to just about any problem that might be troubling his clients. He appreciates law in the abstract, but is great at making everything accessible to non-experts, which enhances his effectiveness as a prosecutor and transactional lawyer – brand owners find it easy to take on board and implement his advice. He operates out of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office, where Julia K Sutherland also puts in appearances. Primarily based in London, Sutherland is ideally positioned to coordinate global portfolio management, which is the focus of her practice. She makes herself available 24/7 and executes adroitly on time-sensitive projects. Arnold & Porter recently added two seasoned trademark experts to its line-up in Helen Hill Minsker and Christopher Renk, who made the switch from Banner Witcoff. Minsker demonstrates impressive range and brings finely honed prosecution, licensing, enforcement and litigation skills to the practice. Renk is an adept litigator capable of knocking out the wins in any IP case going. A touchstone lawyer for blue-chip companies for decades, Mark Partridge is a leading authority on domain name issues and alternative dispute resolution. He runs an eight-attorney team at Partridge Partners which focuses on IP, internet, marketing and advertising law. A practised brand protector at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Mark Paskar is great at breaking down complex trademark issues and solving problems. There’s rarely a question he doesn’t have an immediate and well-crafted answer to. “Catherine Simmons-Gill is a lovely, easy-going person who has been doing top-level trademark work for a long time. She’s excellent and very reasonably priced, too.” She runs her own self-titled law office. “Brett Tolpin understands the USPTO mindset and is a prosecution maestro with strong technical abilities.” The former examiner runs his own eponymous boutique which offers a wide range of services, from prosecution and portfolio management to transactions and disputes. Latham & Watkins is one of the leading IP and commercial litigation firms in the United States. For staunch representation in high-profile trademark infringement matters, San Francisco-based Perry Viscounty and Chicago’s Matthew Walch make a very tough team to beat.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • David S Fleming - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Jeffery A Handelman - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Jonathan S Jennings - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Mark J Liss - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Floyd A Mandell - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Douglas Masters - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Paul McGrady - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Keith W Medansky - DLA Piper
  • Marc Trachtenberg - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Kristin J Achterhof - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Richard M Assmus - Mayer Brown
  • Brett August - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Andrew Avsec - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Phillip Barengolts - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Thad Chaloemtiarana - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Gregory J Chinlund - Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Bradley L Cohn - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • John Cullis - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Christopher Dolan - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Lee J Eulgen - Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • John T Gabrielides - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Mark R Galis - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Thomas L Holt - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Michael G Kelber - Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Christina L Martini - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Janet A Marvel - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Antony J McShane - Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Howard S Michael - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Tamara Miller - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Kevin Parks - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Mark VB Partridge - Partridge Partners PC
  • Christopher J Renk - Arnold & Porter
  • Shima S Roy - Baker McKenzie
  • Robert W Sacoff - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Wendi E Sloane - Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
  • Joseph N Welch II - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Richard B Biagi - Neal & McDevitt LLC
  • Ashly Boesche - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Robert E Browne - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Angelo Bufalino - Vedder Price PC
  • Darren S Cahr - Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Sharon Calhoun - Barack Ferrazzano
  • Jessica Ekhoff - Pattishall
  • Jonathan P Froemel - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Justin Gaudio - Greer Burns & Crain Ltd
  • Jami A Gekas - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Philip A Jones - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Robin McCue - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Tom Monagan - Norvell IP LLC
  • Joseph V Norvell - Norvell IP LLC
  • Ronald Rothstein - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • James Saul - Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Catherine Simmons-Gill - Law Offices of Catherine Simmons-Gill LLC
  • Scott J Slavick - Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
  • Claudia W Stangle - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Brett M Tolpin - Tolpin & Partners PC
  • Matthew W Walch - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Thomas M Williams - Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
  • Kristine Young - Mayer Brown
  • Amy Ziegler - Greer Burns & Crain Ltd

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Michael D Adams - Mayer Brown
  • Michael A Carrillo - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Jonathan S Jennings - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Michael G Kelber - Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Mark J Liss - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Christina L Martini - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Janet A Marvel - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Douglas Masters - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Paul McGrady - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Keith W Medansky - DLA Piper
  • Jennifer M Mikulina - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Marc Trachtenberg - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Andrew Avsec - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Gregory J Chinlund - Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • David J Davis - Baker McKenzie
  • Luke W DeMarte - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Christopher Dolan - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Jeffrey Dunning - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Lee J Eulgen - Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Susan Frohling - Michael Best
  • Mark R Galis - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Maureen Beacom Gorman - Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Brian Heidelberger - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Thomas L Holt - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Marsha K Hoover - Goldberg Kohn 
  • Dermot Horgan - IpHorgan Ltd
  • Anna L King - Banner Witcoff
  • Joseph T Kucala Jr - Norvell IP LLC
  • Richard M LaBarge - Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Antony J McShane - Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Howard S Michael - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Helen Hill Minsker - Arnold & Porter
  • Mark VB Partridge - Partridge Partners PC
  • Scott Rogers - Ulmer & Berne LLP
  • Belinda Scrimenti - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Scott J Slavick - Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
  • Jill Anderfuren - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Patrick J Arnold Jr - McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd 
  • Carol Anne Been - Dentons
  • Jeffrey H Brown - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Darren S Cahr - Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Sharon Calhoun - Barack Ferrazzano
  • Nicholas G de la Torre - Neal & McDevitt LLC
  • Ronald DiCerbo - McAndrews, Held & Malloy 
  • Samuel Fifer - Dentons
  • Katie Fink - Banner Witcoff
  • Jami A Gekas - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Michael Geller - DLA Piper
  • Thomas Gniot - Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
  • Sana Hakim - K&L Gates LLP
  • Alice Kelly - Ice Miller LLP
  • Paula Jill Krasny - Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC
  • Bart A Lazar - Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Rebecca B Lederhouse - Baker McKenzie
  • Virginia Wolk Marino - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Kevin J McDevitt - Neal & McDevitt LLC
  • Robert Newman - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Mark A Paskar - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • James Saul - Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Catherine Simmons-Gill - Law Offices of Catherine Simmons-Gill LLC
  • Hank Spuhler - McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd 
  • Claudia W Stangle - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Kate Starshak - K&L Gates LLP
  • Richard Stockton - Banner Witcoff
  • Bryan Sugar - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Julia K Sutherland - Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Brett M Tolpin - Tolpin & Partners PC
  • Thomas M Williams - Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
  • Amy Ziegler - Greer Burns & Crain Ltd


  • Jerome Gilson - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • David C Hilliard - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP