United States: Massachusetts


  • Fish & Richardson PC
  • Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP 
  • Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Lando & Anastasi LLP
  • McCarter & English LLP 
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Burns & Levinson LLP

Service minded and results oriented, Burns & Levinson astutely guides businesses with respect to growth and IP strength. The IP team is stacked with passionate attorneys such as Mark Schonfeld. He perceives trademarks as corporate assets and nimbly keeps challengers at bay to maintain the value and integrity of his clients’ brands. He is recognised for his creativity in the fight against fakes. Co-chair of the IP group Deborah Peckham “is an excellent lawyer” and international IP strategist. She is responsible for the worldwide portfolio of Segway.

Day Pitney LLP

Day Pitney’s first-class IP contingent is recognised for its outstanding prosecution services and by working closely with the firm’s commercial litigators it deploys ample firepower in litigation too. Lynchpin of the practice Carrie Webb Olson “consistently wows, she is highly sophisticated at dealing with challenging trademark issues making her the person to call when there’s a problem. Carrie is absolutely incredible and always available to lend a helping hand, be it for copyright-related matters or trademark registration. She is a favourite of in-house counsel because of her high energy and top-notch work.” “Carrie and her team are responsive and highly attuned to the specific needs of each client. They focus on getting the best result in the most efficient manner, while never losing sight of broader goals.” She tends to prosecution matters on behalf of BlackRock, the global investment management company and budding software business LogMeIn.

Fish & Richardson PC

With the most ranked professionals in Massachusetts, Fish & Richardson is a clear heavyweight in the Northeast. “A premier trademark team,” caters to a swathe of household names. Running the ligation show are David Hosp, Mark Puzella, Sheryl Koval Garko and Cynthia Johnson Walden. Hosp dexterously navigates false advertising class actions, serving the likes of New Balance and Nordstrom. “Mark and Sheryl are soft IP connoisseurs” and as a duo were recently successful in defending New Balance and Walmart in an infringement case against Converse, which is now on appeal. “Cynthia and Robert O’Connell do an exceptional job and are hard lawyers to compete with.” As well as being a skilled litigator, Walden is a chess grandmaster when it comes to brand strategies. O’Connell crafts airtight brand protection programmes and is highly proficient at rebranding rollouts. “Debra Serota is an excellent prosecutor” with 10 years of in-house counsel under her belt; she has a deft commercial touch when it comes to both local and foreign trademark management. Great for those with diverse portfolios, Timothy French has a technical background in materials engineering and proficiently prosecutes patent and trademark applications.

Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag’s Boston and New York teams are well integrated, enabling the firm to provide stellar IP support on the eastern seaboard. The trademark team nurtures brands from their conception, infusing value along the way. Seasoned veteran Julia Huston flexes “a profound understanding of trademark law”, which shines through in her sagacious handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Flanking Huston, Joshua Jarvis handles large portfolios with poise. An active member of the community, he serves as the vice chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association US Trademark Law Committee. Both Huston and Jarvis are up to speed with the latest market trends and are an excellent resource for those with social media and domain name issues.

Goodwin Procter LLP

Goodwin Procter has all facets of trademark protection on lock and is the destination of choice for high-stakes disputes. Having secured three IP victories at the Supreme Court in the last few years much success is owed to the team’s client-first approach and ability to align IP and business strategies. Start-ups benefit from this, receiving diligent support to properly introduce brands into a competitive market. Backbone of the practice “Robert Carroll is a fine lawyer with exceptional trademark know-how”. He is representing Hillside Plastics who has accused Dominion & Grimm of trademark infringement regarding the iconic Sugar Hill Jug design. As well as being a trademark aficionado, he is also a copyright superstar.

Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC

Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds is a one-stop shop for intellectual property and has a tight-knit squad to support clients worldwide. One of the firm’s best trademark experts, Susan Glovsky “defends her clients in an unambiguous and vigorous manner, thinking through the obvious, the elusive and the hard to imagine scenarios. She is highly organised and prepared, providing options for her clients which focus on the best result. Susan is a wise adviser who understands the essentiality of trademark and copyright protection for companies. Her work and oversight allow daily business operations to function seamlessly. The qualities which stand-out with Susan are her enthusiasm, willingness to dive into projects, and vivacious leadership style.” Captaining the department, John DuPré “does an exceptional job of understanding the needs of clients. He provides thoughtful and thorough counsel on all aspects of portfolio development and enforcement, which he balances with practical business concerns.”

Lando & Anastasi LLP

The practitioners at Lando & Anastasi specialise in building, protecting and monetising intangible assets. The team works extensively with emerging businesses, understanding the various trials and tribulations start-ups encounter and providing personal support to provide them with optimal protection. Heading up the division, Ann Lamport Hammitte, “is a fount of knowledge regarding intellectual property. She grasps the bigger picture and helps clients understand how trademarks can benefit the business. Ann is prompt, direct and efficient. Importantly, she works to keep costs low and is sensitive to budgetary constraints.” Hammitte is a savvy strategist when it comes to brand management and dispatches opposition and cancellation proceedings with ease. She handles the portfolio of Foursquare Labs, a mobile app and Lola, an innovative travel services company.

McCarter & English LLP 

McCarter & English understands the business impact of a distinctive brand and pulls out all the stops to protect its clients’ trademark assets. Having been in operation for over 170 years, the ensemble knows all the tricks of the trade. The lawyers here are proactive to ensure that strategies can weather the toughest storms; they do not give free-riders any opportunities. Erik Paul Belt and Lee Carl Bromberg are contentious buffs with the chops to handle complex IP cases. Heading up the non-contentious side of the practice, Lori Shyavitz and Keith Toms serve up clued-in counsel and design sturdy global brand protection and enforcement programmes.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

“The Morgan Lewis & Bockius trademark team is as good as it gets. The service level is incredibly high, with response times that are virtually instant even for the toughest IP questions. Each lawyer acts like a consultant, taking a holistic perspective to provide the most suitable options. When a course of action is decided upon, it is executed flawlessly. Clients need look no further for the best IP legal counsel with worldwide coverage.” Spearheading the group in Boston, Joshua Dalton cuts a dash in litigation. “Josh is a terrific lawyer. He’s quick on his feet and can turn around an argument like nobody’s business. Josh has excellent strategic insight and knows how to use it when pursuing advantageous settlements. As soon as a case is put on his plate he establishes a game plan which exposes his opponent’s weaknesses. Josh also has a great sense of humour which cuts the tension in frustrating situations.” Dalton and colleague Rachelle Dubow worked together on a matter for Driven and Flowmaster where they successfully stopped Holley from using the FLOWMONSTER mark. “Rachelle delivers high-end prosecution services. Her understanding of the international aspects of brand rollouts is second to none. She is an exemplary individual who is always on top of her game and has an excellent track record of victories. Her secret to success is that she learns the ins and outs of her client’s business and provides consistent and sound advice that balances legal risks with commercial rewards. She is not just outside counsel, but a business partner. She is patient when answering any and all questions and works to develop strategies that encompass today’s commercial realities and those for tomorrow.”

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody’s team works relentlessly to protect brands to the hilt. It is instructed by a diverse assortment of clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and everything in between. With brand management down to a fine art, the group manages over 20,000 marks without breaking a sweat. Leader of the firm-wide IP litigation team, Jason Kravitz is a battle-hardened lawyer who does an “exceptional job”.

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Nutter McClennen & Fish is home to a “talented and dedicated trademark team which works tirelessly to meet client needs”. “A company’s value rests on the value of the brand and the ability to protect it, which is why businesses need people like Patrick Concannon and Rory Pheiffer. They concoct sound advice for brand strategy, identifying what is worth pursuing and what is not. Pat is responsive, thoughtful, creative and practical. He is very respectful of budgetary concerns. Rory thinks of everything, creating a fall-back plan should a challenge crop up. He provides excellent prosecution advice and is efficient yet effective. Rory is in the know when it comes to competitive intelligence. He is on top of rival trademark applications and knows how to proceed in the face of any problem. Rory has a wealth of knowledge and is able to break things down in a manner that makes them simple to understand and take action on. They help you safely navigate the trademark terrain.”

Ropes & Gray LLP

“The lawyers at Ropes & Gray are efficient, provide A-grade customer service and make up by far one of the best trademark teams in the country. With knowledgeable people only a shout away, they can handle any matter under the sun.” Emilia Cannella is an IP all-rounder and a prosecution whizz. She assesses portfolios with a fine-toothed comb, using her keen eye for detail to craft infallible brand protection programmes. Co-pilot Erica Han, “takes away the stress from clients by doing all the leg work. She is well-versed in brand management and builds effective trademark programmes from the ground up.” “Erica is a fantastic attorney, due not only to her in-depth knowledge of intellectual property, but her ability to analyse issues to provide the most cost-effective and favourable solutions for the company. One of her best attributes is that she takes the time to truly explain issues to clients, and layout the different avenues to ensure the final decision is truly what the business needs. The team makes each client feel like a priority and routinely goes above and beyond.” The ensemble is instructed in prosecution by TPG Capital, a private equity firm and Books-A-Million, a well-known American book store chain.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester’s trademark team is a well-oiled machine which safeguards brands with straightforward, business-savvy strategies. The Boston group takes its cue from Kimberly Herman. She has a knack for transactions, with extensive experience of negotiations in the media and entertainment sectors. Aside from providing expert counsel in non-contentious trademark work, she has a stand-out copyright practice.

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP 

Boutique Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers is a repository of trust for A-to-Z trademark support. Looking to innovate in tandem with clients, the proactive firm uses a proprietary workflow software to streamline services. Lisa M Tittemore, Kerry L Timbers and Steve Abreu “have spot-on judgement and excellent attorney skills, their advice is timely, clear and to the point. They never sit on the fence but are actively looking to prevent problems before they crop up. When an issue does arise, it is easy to pick up the phone to get a quick answer.” “Lisa is an even-keeled negotiator when it comes to agreements. She translates legal issues to the company’s business executives in a way that enables a better understanding and an expedited resolution. Lisa is passionate lawyer with superb communication and listening skills.” Kerry and Lisa take the lead on contentious matters, while Abreu is the go-to for prosecution advice.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Founded on the values of quality and entrepreneurship, WilmerHale is a corporate powerhouse with a flair for intellectual property. When faced with a trademark dilemma, the ensemble deploys swiftly and decisively. Michael Bevilacqua is a key contact to have on speed dial. He manages hefty portfolios and is a dynamo when it comes to technology-related agreements. Bevilacqua looks at things from multiple perspectives to deliver innovative, forward-thinking advice.

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks maintains one of the largest IP practices in the United States; the team “never fails to react quickly and answer questions perfectly”. The group has grown quickly over the past year and now has 11 dedicated trademark attorneys, and has gained significant traction in New York, where it opened for business in 2016. At the helm of the litigation group, Michael Albert is an expert in trademark, copyright and internet law. He is also an arbitrator for domain name disputes through the WIPO. Chair of the practice “Douglas Wolf is the one to call if you can’t figure out how to tackle an issue”. He is a strong litigator, and also helps clients map out branding strategies to protect highly coveted brands. Litigation supremo, John Welch draws on years of courtroom experience. He is the founder and publisher of The TTABlog, a well-known resource for lawyers in the United States. The firm has a roster of marquee clients, including Philip Morris International, Tootsie Roll and Yale University.

Other recommended experts

Trademark enthusiast David Byer of K&L Gates turns an experienced hand to brand management and delivers meaningful and commercially astute advice. Foley & Lardner’s Nicole Gage handles major portfolios with finesse. She does not file for the sake of it but looks to drive value at every turn. “Jonathan Gelchinsky is a capable lawyer who gives commercial and sensible advice. He is a true business partner in every sense, sticking with the company through thick and thin.” Leading the team at Pierce Atwood, Gelchinsky is a trademark maven with skills that span the contentious/non-contentious divide. A man of many hats, FisherBroyles’s Lawrence Robins divides his time between litigation and prosecution matters and is also a master of copyright law. Aaron Silverstein of Saunders & Silverstein can solve the most intractable brand management puzzles and do it for a price that will not break the bank. He tends to the needs of The North Face, Timberland and Under Armour, among others.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Michael J Bevilacqua - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • John L DuPré - Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC
  • Julia Huston - Foley Hoag LLP
  • Robert M O'Connell Jr - Fish & Richardson PC
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden - Fish & Richardson PC
  • John L Welch - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Douglas R Wolf - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Steve Abreu - Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP 
  • Emilia F Cannella - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Patrick J Concannon - Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Rachelle A Dubow - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Timothy A French - Fish & Richardson PC
  • Jonathan M Gelchinsky - Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Kimberly B Herman - Sullivan & Worcester LLP
  • Carrie Webb Olson - Day Pitney LLP
  • Rory P Pheiffer - Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Lawrence R Robins - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Lisa M Tittemore - Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP 
  • Keith Toms - McCarter & English LLP 
  • David J Byer - K&L Gates
  • Nicole E Gage - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Ann Lamport Hammitte - Lando & Anastasi LLP
  • Erica L Han - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Joshua S Jarvis - Foley Hoag LLP
  • Deborah Peckham - Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Debra S Serota - Fish & Richardson PC
  • Lori Shyavitz - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Aaron Silverstein - Saunders & Silverstein LLP
  • Kerry L Timbers - Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP