United States: Massachusetts

Firms

  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Sunstein LLP 
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Lando & Anastasi LLP
  • McCarter & English LLP 
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Saunders & Silverstein LLP
  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP 
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Day Pitney LLP

Tipped by both US and international sources, eminent East Coast full-service firm Day Pitney has a sterling reputation for proficiency in intellectual property. A “phenomenally skilled, technically adept lawyer and one of the best legal writers there is”, Carrie Webb Olson has “built a superb prosecution practice” and flies the firm’s flag high in the trademark, copyright and advertising arenas. Sources observe that “she has a great group around her”, and give special shout-outs to senior associate Alex Garens and associate Chris Hoolehan, who are really starting to make their mark.

Fish & Richardson

Few other firms have the IP cachet of Fish & Richardson, which continues to distinguish itself as a patent and trademark leader in Boston, the United States and internationally, thanks to a far-reaching network and footholds in Germany and China. The firm has been protecting illustrious brands for many decades, with an unswerving commitment to providing an efficient, high-quality service. Cynthia Johnson Walden, Debra Serota and Timothy French make up the A-team locally and between them cover all bases for rights holders. Head of the trademark and copyright group Walden focuses on strategic counselling and TTAB proceedings, and is a “real straight-shooter who gives solid advice you can rely on”. A former USPTO examiner who also has in-house experience, Serota never loses sight of the business angles and has a flair for progressing matters in a commercially beneficial direction. French has a deep technical understanding of trademark issues and is a great mentor to colleagues and clients.

Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag’s trademark lawyers don’t just robotically carry out instructions, but sit down with brand owners to understand their goals and then collaboratively design and implement the best strategies to make them a reality. It fulfils this partner role very effectively, leveraging deep trademark expertise, a well-rounded contentious and non-contentious skillset and fine-grained industry knowledge. Leadership is provided by Joshua Jarvis, who recently became deputy chair of the IP department; and Jenevieve Maerker, who took over from him as co-chair of the trademark, copyright and unfair competition group. Jarvis can take any large international portfolio and chisel it into optimal shape, working synergistically with foreign associates. Maerker has a real affinity for pharmaceutical trademarks.

Goodwin Procter LLP

A stellar track record in litigation – which includes four IP wins at the Supreme Court in the past five years – makes Goodwin Procter a discerning choice for high-stakes lawsuits. Rigorous, tenacious and commercially savvy, its lawyers always bring their A-game. A star among them on the trademark side is Robert Carroll, who has lately been representing Teva in a dispute concerning infringement of its ProAir RespiClick inhaler by Perrigo. “Rob is unfailingly on top of the issues in his cases and gives great advice. He is extremely responsive and diligent, and advances clients towards their ultimate goal with a strong business focus. His calm demeanour through stressful processes makes him a pleasure to deal with.” He also manages trademark portfolios and associated enforcement matters with exactitude: “When you instruct him, he immediately goes into high gear to help you get full control over your intellectual property; his rapid, aggressive, thorough approach, combined with writing skill, industry knowledge and excellent international connections, earns him the highest recommendation.”

Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC

When it comes to brands, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds provides a “first-class service”. Its lawyers move heaven and earth to secure watertight trademark protection for diverse clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, communications and high-technology domains. Its search offering is highly sought after, not least due to its cost-effectiveness and industry-targeted results; the set’s superb hit rate in contested matters inspires further confidence, as does its extensive network of foreign correspondents. At the forefront of the practice are John DuPré and Susan Glovsky, both of whom garner enthusiastic praise from the market. “John gives clear, client-friendly advice based on a wealth of experience handling large portfolios. He can see round obstacles where no obvious solution presents itself. Using highly skilled paralegals and assistants, he manages things efficiently and with business concern. He is the very definition of a safe pair of hands.” “Susan unambiguously and vigorously defends her clients and gives up very little to get maximum protection; at the same time, she encourages dialogue with other parties. She is deeply knowledgeable and has tons of practical experience.” Both are well rounded in the practice and operate artfully across the contentious/non-contentious divide.

Lando & Anastasi LLP

“Lando & Anastasi is flexible in how it partners with clients and is fantastic at communicating advice and feeding back on progress.” It “understands the business of brands, too” and is in demand for its commercially aware counsel on all aspects of trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement. Running the show is Ann Lamport Hammitte, who is joined in the WTR 1000 for 2021 by fellow partner Nathan Harris. Brand owners think the world of Hammitte, who “acts like an in-house counsel in thinking about much more than strictly legal issues. She really gets what her clients do, and so can pick up things quickly; she also understands how her role fits into the bigger picture. Her billing practices are very fair – relationships to her are long term, and not short-term transactions.” Brilliant at strategising around international trademark protection and brand development, she acts across many territories for clients such as leading data and intelligence company Foursquare. She and Harris both combine patent and trademark expertise and are versatile operators who make a great fit for those with diverse portfolios. Harris also takes advantage of his technical knowledge to advise on social media, domain name and cybersquatting issues.

McCarter & English LLP 

An elite all-round performer in intellectual property, with 100-plus lawyers and other specialists on deck, McCarter & English excels at building strong brands from the ground up that will endure the test of time. Between them, Boston attorneys Keith Toms, Lori Shyavitz, Erik Paul Belt and Lee Carl Bromberg have rights holders covered come what may. Toms is “perfect for anyone who needs a talented, efficient and responsive trademark contact for prosecution or litigation in the United States”: “He has a profound knowledge of trademark law, gives precise opinions with just the right amount of information to enable effective decision making and is great value for money.” Another sage counsellor, Shyavitz manages global portfolios with a deft touch, often resolving issues in China and other strategically important jurisdictions which she knows much about. Belt and Bromberg bring the heat in litigation and are hailed as seasoned trial lawyers who relish the cut and thrust of complex patent and trademark cases.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

An IP thoroughbred among the country’s full-service outfits, with enviable global connections and a superior line-up of trademark experts and trial lawyers, Morgan Lewis is a repository of trust for critical brand-related mandates that are often international and/or hotly contentious in nature. On the portfolio side, Rachelle Dubow gets a kick out of forging alliances with foreign associates and executing on sweeping cross-border rights protection and management projects. She and litigator Joshua Dalton have a sparkling professional chemistry that sees them collaborate frequently to support brand owners to the fullest. Boston-headquartered wireless smart home security systems company SimpliSafe is one entity that they represent together, advising on the prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of its marks and defending its interests in an infringement claim. As a counsellor, Dubow expresses deep personal care for clients; while as a litigator, Dalton unpicks difficult knots and resolves matters in a sensible and practical way.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Responsible for the management of over 16,000 trademarks, Nixon Peabody is deeply embedded in this area of practice and hugely knowledgeable about IP law, business and strategy as they relate to brands. It makes light work of all protection, enforcement and commercialisation tasks; while keen industry insight helps companies to maintain and press a competitive advantage. IP practice co-captain Jason Kravitz can cut a clear path through the thorniest of litigations. He is an adroit case manager with a knack for adjusting tactics to client needs and budgets; he knows how to scale back litigation but still emerge with desired results – and how to ramp things up when that best serves the underlying business objective. He is currently representing WB Mason in a suit against American Dairy Queen involving an alleged infringement of the BLIZZARD trademark.

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Brand owners love the personal, partner-level attention and quality advice that Nutter McClennen provides at a highly competitive price point. Its compact IP team operates across the trademark lifecycle with great energy, enthusiasm and agility; recent highlights include overcoming USPTO rejections for precision measuring tool maker Fred V Fowler Company and expanding the portfolio of food company Kalahari Brands. Spearheading the brands practice are Rory Pheiffer and Patrick Concannon, both of whom have a lot to offer. A diverse practitioner with a penchant for licensing, Rory “is a thoughtful strategist and a diligent, insightful practitioner who is a huge asset to his clients.” Concannon is a pragmatist who sees things from an in-house counsel perspective; he has special experience in trademark clearance and policing, and dextrously handles contentious matters including TTAB proceedings and UDRP actions.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

“Unfailingly impressive in terms of its scholarship and creativity in the field of IP law”, Orrick is home to one of the most sophisticated trademark practices around. “The firm provides sound and reliable counsel on brand matters crucial to business and knows what it takes to win critical trials.” Orrick has come on strong in Boston since 2019, when it enjoined David Hosp, Mark Puzella, Sheryl Koval Garko and Robert O’Connell. They form an exceptionally tight-knit team with the moxie to prevail in major litigations for prestigious brands. In a recent highlight, Hosp, Puzella and Garko are representing New Balance Athletics as lead counsel in an investigation at the ITC (a forum they know extremely well) initiated by Converse – a high-stakes matter with an entire line of iconic footwear at issue. Hosp is a tried-and-tested advocate with real tenacity and refined leadership skills. Similarly adept as trial lawyers, Puzella puts in play persuasive lines of reasoning that consistently resonate with judges; while Garko – who also has a major case on for Williams Sonoma against Nespresso regarding coffee capsules – puts her heart and soul into driving favourable outcomes. Of counsel O’Connell emphasises strategic counselling, prosecution and enforcement in his practice, acting for major names in retail, private equity, financial services, life sciences and other industries.

Pierce Atwood LLP

The talented trademark attorneys in the IP and technology group of Maine-based full-service outfit Pierce Atwood serve as domestic and international brand guardians and ambassadors for their clients. The trademark practice is spearheaded by Jonathan Gelchinsky, an “agile, responsive, communicative and clear lawyer” who understands what makes a brand stand out in a competitive market.

Ropes & Gray LLP

“Ropes & Gray provides best-in-class legal services on any issue encountered in the course of business. There’s an efficiency to working with its professionals, as they collaborate well to take care of things in a multi-disciplinary way.” Thriving in this set-up are IP mavens Emilia Cannella and Erica Han, who earn rave reviews from commentators. “Experienced and thoughtful”, Emilia “overcomes challenges in a practical and strategic way. She has a superb knowledge of trademarks in the financial sector”. Erica is “a consummate professional whose attention to detail and responsiveness are second to none. Incredibly well organised, proactive and efficient, she gets things done without requiring a huge outlay of time”. Cannella’s patrons include TPG Capital, whose brands she assiduously enhances worldwide through her prosecution and transactional efforts; she represents the private equity leader alongside partners in Boston and DC and a New York-based counsel in a display of the sort of effective teamwork alluded to above. Alongside Cannella, Han assists Luxury Brand Partners with global trademark policies and procedures, clearance, prosecution, portfolio management and transactions.

Saunders & Silverstein LLP

Newly featured in the WTR 1000 this year, Saunders & Silverstein is a compact, dynamic IP boutique with a focus on brand strategy. The team is adept at breaking down complex problems, implementing creative solutions and giving clear-cut counsel not just on what the law says, but on the best actions to take. Jamie Sternberg personifies this pragmatic approach: “Jamie won’t accept any dead ends and will always find ways for you to successfully pursue your projects. Her clever strategies are always spot-on and she’s a really nice, fun person to work with.” One source observes: “Without her help, I would have been clueless, but she made everything easy for me.” Another go-to lawyer, Aaron Silverstein is a big-picture thinker as well as a masterful negotiator.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP 

Few firms understand the business of brands in the media, sports and entertainment fields as well as Sullivan & Worcester. An essential partner for many companies and celebrities in this space, Kimberly B Herman “really cares about her clients’ business” and is an “outstanding one-stop shop for trademark solutions”. “Extremely responsive, diligent, practical and commercially minded”, she earns high commendations from those for whom she navigates complex protection and infringement co-existence issues internationally. She serves as outside trademark counsel to Vice Media and many others with the support of Michael Palmisciano, an up-and-coming associate who is “bright, personable, and quick off the mark and calm when urgent matters arise”. The group also acquits itself with distinction outside the media space for a diverse range of clients, including global women’s advocacy group Women Deliver.

Sunstein LLP 

Boston boutique Sunstein is admired for its efficiency and commercial acumen; using proprietary workflow software and other technologies, the team handles prosecution, policing and enforcement assignments with the minimum of fuss, freeing up time that senior practice leaders Steve Abreu, Kerry L Timbers and Lisa M Tittemore invest in understanding and addressing clients’ unique needs. Abreu chairs the trademark department and is an “excellent nuts-and-bolts trademark lawyer, as well as one of the sharpest strategists around”. He and litigation-focused managing partner Timbers – a “gifted and persuasive writer” – represent Harvard University on contentious and non-contentious matters. Litigation chair Tittemore is “incredibly responsive and provides business-oriented advice”. She also plays a crucial role within the firm in terms of diversity, inclusivity and mentoring – something that patrons really appreciate. She links up with Abreu to provide wraparound brand support to Vertex Pharmaceuticals, while taking point on prosecution and enforcement work for ’47 brand, one of the top names in licensed sports merchandise.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Leading patent litigation firm WilmerHale should not be overlooked for soft IP assignments. It showcases its impressive depth of trademark expertise both domestically and internationally for companies whose brands are pivotal to commercial success. Anchoring the local group are Michael Bevilacqua and Mark Matuschak: the former focuses on trademark procurement, management and licensing; the latter on litigation. Bevilacqua is “a seasoned counsellor who consistently provides helpful and timely advice and runs a highly skilled team of paralegals”. Matuschak’s advocacy goes right to the heart of the dispositive issues in his cases. He is currently representing The Swatch Group in trademark litigation in the United Kingdom and the United States arising from Samsung’s offering of downloadable watch faces bearing various Swatch trademarks for use on its smartwatches.

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC

A “top-notch firm and a lock for the gold tier”, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks is a formidable player in trademark practice and intellectual property more broadly. It combines a rich tradition with a forward-thinking approach to brands and a responsive, cost-effective service, making it the complete package for companies as they select, protect and enforce trademarks the world over. Providing strong leadership as trademark and copyright group chair, Douglas Wolf is an accomplished handler of portfolios large and small. “Smart, reasonable and easy to work with, he doesn’t play pointless games, but gets right down to business.” There’s an abundance of talented practitioners around him, Christina Licursi and John Welch included among them. Leveraging “excellent prosecution skills and interpersonal qualities”, Licursi works with Wolf on behalf of Yale University and does a brilliant job for several of her own clients, including dynamic players in the life sciences such as non-profit biomedical research institution the Jackson Laboratory, whose portfolio she has helped to build out; and company creator Flagship Pioneering. “John Welch practises at the cutting edge of trademark law and is a leading expert on TTAB proceedings.”

Other recommended experts

David Byer manages a substantial global trademark portfolio for Valve Corporation, owner of the Steam videogame platform. He continues to be very active for the company in China, has helped to diversify its product and service mix, and has assisted it in connection with the global rollout of a hotly anticipated game. The K&L Gates partner does similarly wide-ranging work for many others, too. In August 2020, Nicole Gage made the switch from Foley & Lardner to Beck Reed Riden. She maintains a balanced trademark practice and is a great resource for smaller companies with limited in-house legal support, as well as larger entities with international brands; she partners closely with all clients and diligently safeguards the integrity of their brands. “Sarah Anne Keefe is an innovative thinker who provides business-oriented solutions and effective, cost-efficient strategies for managing large-scale international branding projects.” She is based out of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Boston bureau. Brian Michaelis has the considerable responsibility of chairing Seyfarth Shaw’s high-flying, creative and efficient national IP group, which he undertakes with aplomb. In his own practice, he’s a do-it-all IP lawyer who excels at solving clients’ day-to-day problems and putting in place processes and systems that minimise their likelihood of arising in the future. Deborah Peckham and Mark Schonfeld practise at Burns & Levinson, a “small and nimble firm that does a great job for clients”. Peckham knows her way around the high-technology sector and procures strong trademarks for innovative companies – and protects them rigorously; while Schonfeld has a flair for litigation. An adept counsellor and litigator, Lawrence Robins can do it all for brand owners, although a key focus is supporting their business development. The leader of Choate’s copyright and trademark practice, Daniel Scales gets fantastic feedback from the market: “Daniel understands the real-world needs of in-house legal and business teams and does an exceptional job elucidating the nuances of trademark law and framing it all in a commercial context.” “He is smart, thoughtful, responsive, practical and a pleasure to work with. He also has a wonderful associate in his team, Sara Bauer, who is an outstanding trademark lawyer in her own right.” Together they maintain a stellar prosecution and transactions-focused practice.

Individual: prosecution and strategy

  • Michael J Bevilacqua - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Emilia F Cannella - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • John L DuPré - Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC
  • Kimberly B Herman - Sullivan & Worcester LLP 
  • Robert M O'Connell Jr - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden - Fish & Richardson
  • John L Welch - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Douglas R Wolf - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Steve Abreu - Sunstein LLP 
  • David J Byer - K&L Gates LLP
  • Patrick J Concannon - Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Rachelle A Dubow - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Timothy A French - Fish & Richardson
  • Jonathan M Gelchinsky - Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Ann Lamport Hammitte - Lando & Anastasi LLP
  • Erica L Han - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Joshua S Jarvis - Foley Hoag LLP
  • Carrie Webb Olson - Day Pitney LLP
  • Rory P Pheiffer - Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Daniel L Scales - Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
  • Debra S Serota - Fish & Richardson
  • Lisa M Tittemore - Sunstein LLP 
  • Keith Toms - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Nicole E Gage - Beck Reed Riden
  • Nathan Harris - Lando & Anastasi LLP
  • Sarah Anne Keefe - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Christina Licursi - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Jenevieve J Maerker - Foley Hoag LLP
  • Brian Michaelis - Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Deborah Peckham - Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Lawrence R Robins - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Lori Shyavitz - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Aaron Silverstein - Saunders & Silverstein LLP
  • Jamie Sternberg - Saunders & Silverstein LL
  • Kerry L Timbers - Sunstein LLP 

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • David Hosp - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Mark S Puzella - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • John L Welch - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Steve Abreu - Sunstein LLP 
  • Erik Paul Belt - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Lee Carl Bromberg - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Robert D Carroll - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Patrick J Concannon - Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Joshua M Dalton - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • John L DuPré - Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC
  • Sheryl Koval Garko - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Jonathan M Gelchinsky - Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Susan GL Glovsky - Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC
  • Jason C Kravitz - Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Christina Licursi - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Lawrence R Robins - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Mark Schonfeld - Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Kerry L Timbers - Sunstein LLP 
  • Lisa M Tittemore - Sunstein LLP 
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden - Fish & Richardson
  • Douglas R Wolf - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Nicole E Gage - Beck Reed Riden
  • Ann Lamport Hammitte - Lando & Anastasi LLP
  • Mark G Matuschak - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP