United States: Missouri


  • Armstrong Teasdale LLP 
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BLP)
  • Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Lathrop GPM LLP

Armstrong Teasdale LLP 

Armstrong Teasdale is the go-to protector for a laundry list of prestigious names, which particularly appreciate the comprehensiveness of its service and its holistic approach to brands. It has 100 IP attorneys stationed within easy reach across the country, making up a group that has expanded and strengthened significantly over the last two years, thanks to the opening of new offices (eg, in Philadelphia and New York), astute lateral hiring and internal promotions. Looking at the practice through a local lens brings Donna Schmitt and Courtney Jackson into focus. Schmitt takes charge of the trademark practice and sets high standards of sophistication when it comes to the management of global portfolios. From the get-go of brand conception, she brings valuable insight to the table. Similarly focused on prosecution and brand management, Jackson impresses with her “extremely thorough research, excellent recommendations and highly successful outcomes”.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BLP)

Working across the brand lifecycle, the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partners closely with long-term clients to provide commercially on-point advice. The group dispatches routine filings efficiently, but is at its best directing traffic on projects of strategic importance, such as coordinated worldwide brand launches. Based out of St Louis, partner Matthew Minder and counsel Lindsay Cohen Schneider play key roles in the smooth running of the firm’s nationwide – and international – practice. The versatile Minder takes applications through to successful grant at the USPTO with minimum fuss and is an adept litigator who presents persuasively both in court and at the TTAB. He regularly connects with Benjamin Sidbury in the Charlotte office, providing a good example of the teamplay that is a hallmark of the firm’s approach. Schneider serves as a trusted adviser for a diverse line-up of companies, including online legal services provider LegalZoom.com, Paramount Apparel, Panavision and bakery solutions company Brill. He is a reliable contact for cross-border work, with an enviable book of global contacts.

Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC

One of Michigan’s finest IP and innovation-focused ensembles, Harness, Dickey & Pierce maintains a strong presence in Missouri. The firm fields several specialists in its St Louis office, who between them cover all the bases when it comes to the protection, licensing and enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyright. An anchor of the local team and a trademark prosecutor par excellence, Bryan Wheelock never drags anything out, but gets things done swiftly and inexpensively. Watchful and proactive, he resolves issues before they become big problems.

Husch Blackwell LLP

With over 700 attorneys spread across an office network that runs virtually coast to coast, Husch Blackwell is a well-resourced full-service commercial outfit. In all its practice areas, including trademarks, it adopts an industry-focused approach, enabling it to accurately target advice at the business issues facing clients in their competitive markets. The IP specialists to know in Missouri are Alan Nemes and Caroline Chicoine. Nemes has in-house experience on a résumé otherwise filled with impressive work examples from private practice; more than just an external representative, he works hand in glove with clients to make their lives a whole lot easier from a brand protection and value enhancement perspective. Having spent 25 years in the game, Chicoine is a font of insight and analysis when it comes to trademark selection, prosecution and traditional but especially online enforcement.

Lathrop GPM LLP

Lathrop GPM was formed in 2020 following the combination of Lathrop & Gage – originally a Kansas City-based firm – and Gray Plant Mooty. The new incarnation encompasses 400 attorneys in 14 offices giving clients a cavernous chest of resources on which to draw. As part of its far-reaching, business-focused practice, the firm prosecutes a prodigious number of trademarks – at last check, it was responsible for over 17,000 active applications and registrations – and manages brand portfolios at a domestic and international level. It is also proficient in litigation and deal scenarios and can thus serve as an effective one-stop shop for clients. Amy Brozenic is a former USPTO examiner who understands the ins and outs of prosecution, as well as the finer points of brand strategy.

Other recommended experts

Stinson has a savvy litigator in Kansas City-based David Barnard. Much of his success comes through facilitating early wins – he resolves disputes rather than just fighting them, though he is also more than capable in the courtroom. Annette Heller has an incredible depth of experience, having practised trademark law for nearly 45 years. She has always been a prolific filer, but never fails to give clients close personal attention; she knows how valuable it is to them, having started her career in-house. She runs her own self-titled law office. On both sides of the ‘v’, Sandra Wunderlich knows what it takes to get difficult jobs done. Distinguished by her IP trial and appellate experience, she is a powerful weapon in the armoury of Tucker Ellis, a firm well reputed for its robust enforcement capabilities.