United States: New York

Firms: enforcement and litigation

  • Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC 
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Dentons
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Cooley LLP
  • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Ladas & Parry LLP
  • McCarter & English LLP 
  • Mintz
  • Phillips Nizer LLP
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • White & Case LLP 
  • Winston & Strawn LLP 

Firms: prosecution and strategy

  • Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC 
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Cooley LLP
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Dentons
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP 
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Cozen O’Connor
  • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Haug Partners LLP 
  • Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • McCarter & English LLP 
  • Mintz
  • Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
  • Phillips Nizer LLP
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • White & Case LLP 

Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP 

Demonstrating great agility, commitment and rock-solid IP fundamentals, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein provides a first-rate and contemporary brands service to US and global clients, which reward it with enduring loyalty. The boutique receives exceptionally strong leadership from Max Vern, who ascends to the WTR 1000 gold tier this year. Praise from international sources is plentiful and enthusiastic: “Max understands business and gives sensible advice in alignment with clients’ wider commercial objectives. He is brilliant at explaining complicated IP issues to non-lawyers and is incredibly responsive, communicative, proactive and creative. He is always cognisant about costs, too, and delivers his advice in the most efficient manner.” He has created a strong narrative for the team during the review period by expanding trademark counselling and prosecution activities in fields such as cryptocurrency and pharmaceuticals, and by obtaining impressive court victories.

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox doesn’t shy away from the most difficult IP challenges – it steps up to the plate with the confidence derived from having some of the scene’s most seasoned experts in its line-up. Each of the firm’s WTR 1000 representatives in New York – Elizabeth Cohen, Marylee Jenkins and Michelle Mancino Marsh – has clocked up many years on the frontlines of brand protection and enforcement. Cohen has rich retail industry insight, but is also deep into fashion, food, entertainment and other areas; her finely tuned negotiation skills get clients out of scrapes early and inexpensively. Jenkins has a passion for technology and handles internet-related brand matters with poise; those seeking blended patent and trademark services get everything they need from her. Marsh litigates across the IP spectrum and has honed her advocacy skills to a sharp point; she leverages her disputes know-how effectively in counselling around risk and giving opinions.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

“On issues that could seriously impact a brand’s worth, Arnold & Porter is a go-to for strategic advice and representation in bet-the-company trademark disputes – it has a cutting-edge practice and is worth every penny.” It acts for many leading names in the technology and consumer goods industries, providing them with a sophisticated, all-encompassing service hallmarked by a highly business-focused approach. Occupying leadership roles, Dori Ann Hanswirth and Paul Llewellyn set the standard of excellence. Hanswirth, who has a potent blend of brand protection and litigation experience, is a pragmatic and commercial lawyer who never loses sight of clients’ interests. She is trusted by Google to initiate and successfully resolve TTAB proceedings and has recently done so to protect its family of ANDROID marks alongside frequent collaborator Theresa House, an up-and-coming partner with an exceptional knowledge of media issues who debuts in the WTR 1000 this year. Llewellyn has been in love with trademarks since the start of his career and transmits his enthusiasm as a litigator and counsellor for top pharmaceutical and food and liquor companies. Notable recent highlights include successfully representing Bayer in a right of publicity dispute involving the use of a bobblehead that an actress alleged was a portrait of her in a commercial for an over-the-counter product. Anchoring the luxury side of the practice, meanwhile, is Matthew Salzmann, who is noted for his civil and criminal enforcement prowess. He works closely with veteran Louis Ederer, who has honed his advocacy and anti-counterfeiting skills over 40 years while racking up numerous ground-breaking victories.

Baker & Hostetler LLP

BakerHostetler has a tight-knit trademark team in New York that not only plays a key role in the firm’s wider practice – contributions to which come from groups in Georgia, DC and Ohio – but itself also punches well above its weight. Making the firm a destination for wraparound prosecution, counselling, enforcement and litigation counsel is the popular Robert Horowitz, who comes in for vocal praise: “Red is an extremely intelligent, practical and personable lawyer, whose efficiency translates into low fees. He is a class act, with excellent instincts honed through long experience in law firm and in-house roles.” Key clients include Sony, for which he handles a broad array of matters, including transactions. Speaking of the commercial IP side, Horowitz is known for his “methodical and meticulous approach, which avoids the drama that can often destroy potential deals”. Also warmly endorsed, Heather McDonald is “one of the most creative, experienced and passionate anti-counterfeiting lawyers in the field”.

Baker Botts LLP

Run primarily out of Dallas, Baker Botts’s trademark practice has a sparkling national reputation. Of note is just how well-rounded the firm is in the brands space: effortlessly traversing the contentious/non-contentious divide, its dedicated team demonstrates expertise in all aspects of trademark, copyright, marketing, advertising and unfair competition law – and a complete command of domain name and internet issues. A powerful engine of the practice is New York-based litigator and counsellor Suzanne Hengl, a “smart and extremely diligent lawyer who can be counted on by business teams for timely, clear and valuable advice”. For the many matters on which she takes the lead, she draws on brilliant associate support locally courtesy of Julie Albert.

Baker McKenzie

“For companies operating worldwide, Baker McKenzie is a one-stop shop that you can trust – it puts an extensive and highly qualified network of lawyers at clients’ fingertips. It is easy to partner directly with attorneys in important regions, but you always have a key contact to turn to on matters with global ramifications.” Often, that person is New Yorker Pamela Church, who chairs the North America IP and technology steering committee. “Pam has a keen business sense to go along with her deep knowledge of trademark law. She has huge experience helping clients to structure and manage their intellectual property and is an excellent out-of-the-box thinker who understands the concerns and constraints of in-house counsel. Her responsiveness is incredible – she gets back immediately, such that you feel like your issues are her top priority.” Also garnering high praise is Lisa Rosaya, a “commercially and legally creative lawyer whose advice is perfectly pitched in terms of its detail”. Both act for many household names: Church for Lumileds and Dolce & Gabbana, for example; and Rosaya for Unilever and HSBC. Joining them in the guide for the first time this year is Josh Wolkoff, who is recommended for his astute development of global strategies. “When you have advice coming from different jurisdictions, it can be quite cumbersome, but Josh has a unique way of distilling down what is truly important to brand owners, enabling them to make the right decisions.”

Cooley LLP

As testament to the sterling work of 2019 recruit Jeffrey Greene, Cooley debuts in the WTR 1000 New York rankings this year. To consider the firm at large brings into view a substantial international trademark group with rare transatlantic proficiency in both prosecution and litigation; while focusing in on New York throws a fast-growing local and East Coast practice into the spotlight. Greene enjoyed a banner year in 2020 after assuming leadership of the global group; it is a role to which he is ideally suited, give his “outstanding ability to educate others and handle clients’ most important matters” and status as “a top lawyer in the trademark field”. “He understands what in-house folks need and has a distinguished faculty for remedying seemingly complex problems with ease.” He manages worldwide protection and enforcement matters for top innovator ServiceNow and London-based Time Out Group.

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC

One of the best anywhere in the world when it comes to trademark counselling, prosecution and litigation, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman renders an A-to-Z service to prestigious companies from a cross-section of brand-intensive industries. The team sustains relationships over long periods of time, which reflects its unswerving commitment to quality and superior service. Further evidence of this can be seen in the superlative feedback garnered by multiple team members. This starts at the top, with trademark department head Deborah Squiers – “an outstanding lawyer who gives wise, clear and practical counsel and provides great value for money”. Next up are Kieran Doyle and Joel Karni Schmidt, who serve on the firm’s executive committee. “Kieran is a conscientious and service-minded attorney, which is clear to see from the detailed reports he provides and the personal phone calls he makes. He carefully lays out the best options and helps clients to understand complex trademark processes.” “First class all round, Joel and his team are responsive, thorough, pragmatic and commercial. Joel himself is a brilliant lawyer and strategist, who likes to be hands-on; working with him is not only super-productive and effective, but also fun.” He assists J Crew and Madewell with US trademark protection and enforcement, alongside Maryann Licciardi, a “trusted adviser on myriad trademark matters who gives highly considered and helpful advice”. A go-to for TTAB proceedings – which are also a forte of the wider group – Mary Kevlin is hailed as a “business-savvy adviser and superb legal practitioner who understands every nuance of practice before the USPTO, as well as the commercial issues that in-house teams face”. With a deep bench a defining feature of the practice, the WTR 1000 identifies a further seven New York attorneys as leaders in the field. These include chairman Jonathan King and Richard Mandel, both consummate litigators; Eric Shimanoff, who, alongside King, has been handling multiple oppositions and trade dress infringement cases for Car-Freshener Corp – including a notable recent suit against Balenciaga which involved a key chain as opposed to an air-freshener product; and Meichelle MacGregor, a percipient counsellor and litigator who has lately been supervising an expanded international trademark registration programme for Sandvik AB. They all practise at the partner level; while William Borchard, Mary Donovan and Lynn Fruchter serve as counsel. Borchard is a luminary of the US and international trademark scene and a generous sharer of knowledge whose contributions to the firm’s “On My Mind” blog are always worth reading. Donovan and Fruchter are masterful portfolio managers who also display a deft touch in enforcement proceedings and licensing negotiations. December 2020 saw the arrival of Adam Siegartel, a “thorough, responsive and practical lawyer with a deep intellect” and an incredible work ethic. He excels at distilling huge volumes of information and explaining complex legal concepts without resort to legalese, which serves him well as both a litigator and counsellor.

Cozen O’Connor

At general practice outfit Cozen O’Connor, trademark attorneys in New York, Philadelphia, Miami and Seattle come together to form a highly capable team designed to deploy for dynamic companies in fast-changing industries. Prolific in prosecution, both within the United States and internationally, the firm also ranks highly on the contentious front, putting in resonant performances for both plaintiffs and defendants. The fulcrum around which the New York contingent turns is Lisa Ferrari, who serves as both sword and shield for brand owners. “Lisa is extremely attentive and understands the commercial pressures that underpin the legal assignments she takes on; she keeps clients’ business interests at the forefront of her mind.” Also deserving a nod is rising star Ashley Kessler, a “budget-conscious, fast-responding practitioner who gives well-founded guidance”.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Appreciated for its lightning-fast reactions in adapting to client needs, responding to emerging brand-related problems and adjusting approaches as matters evolve, Curtis provides a highly agile service. A compact two-partner, one-counsel team manages international trademark protection efforts with aplomb, streamlining portfolios where appropriate and developing strategies to overcome prosecution obstacles – often in jurisdictions that may be difficult or unfamiliar to clients, such as China, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. At the vanguard is Eric Stenshoel, a “careful adviser and excellent, extremely well-organised attorney” whose level of knowledge means he can answer the most challenging questions without pause for thought. He works closely with Nicole Mazanitis, whose litigation background is a tremendous asset to the firm. She earns plaudits for her “focus on achieving sensible, business-minded outcomes in disputes”.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

The professionals at Davis Wright Tremaine overlay their understanding of trademark law with a highly strategic approach to IP value creation. More than one-quarter of the robust 100-lawyer IP group dedicate themselves to trademarks and between them cover all aspects of brand protection, development and enforcement, showcasing deep industry insight in the luxury, apparel and technology sectors. Flying the flag high in New York are Alexandra Nicholson and Roxanne Elings, both of whom hold gold-tier status in the WTR 1000 – both for prosecution and strategy, and the latter also for litigation and enforcement. Media, entertainment and IP practice chair Nicholson serves as outside trademark counsel to Home Box Office, whose in-house trademark department she assists in connection with the network’s extensive programming. Sharing in this, Elings also handles trademark strategy for BlackBerry in 170 countries and acts for design house Tapestry Inc in connection with the protection of the Kate Spade brand. Elings is hailed as “one of the most gifted multi-jurisdictional trademark practitioners”, with an “outstanding grasp of Chinese law and culture, which makes her incredibly effective on US-China legal matters”.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Ranked in the WTR 1000 gold tier at the national level, Debevoise & Plimpton is a force to be reckoned with in the trademark field. When it is time to call in the cavalry, brand owners think first of David Bernstein, one of the world’s foremost problem solvers when it comes to brand and business-threatening matters. “David does top work on complex, multi-jurisdictional trademark disputes and is a must if you need the absolute best in trademark advice and counselling.” One major recent success came on behalf of Booking.com at the Supreme Court, which found that the company could register its name as a trademark following a rejection by the USPTO. He has fostered a uniquely supportive and collaborative environment in which no time is wasted by people fighting for credit or recognition. This has enabled those around him to thrive – Megan Bannigan being a perfect example. Newly minted as a partner in June 2020, Bannigan has “deep substantive knowledge married to a practical approach and is not intimidated by the most challenging cases or counterparties”. She has exceptional emotional intelligence and is energetic and creative. Also highly rated is Jeremy Feigelson, a seasoned trademark, copyright and antitrust litigator with value-adding know-how in the areas of data and privacy.

Dentons

The IP experts at Dentons leverage superior knowledge of fundamental trademark law and an intuitive business sense to give a fulsome service through all phases of the brand lifecycle. Monica Richman helps to make the global outfit a compelling destination for prominent companies for which distinctive brand identities are of pivotal importance. She has leadership skills in abundance and a keen strategic eye, through which she can identify unique and creative opportunities to shore up protection while reducing costs. Linking up with the firm’s director of knowledge and practice innovation, she has created a customised technology platform which facilitates the efficient despatch of high volumes of prosecution and enforcement mandates; there’s never a moment when she’s not thinking of ways to make clients’ lives easier. To give a small sampling of her work, she serves as lead outside trademark attorney for A&E Television Networks, a long-term patron for which she handles over 2,500 trademark records in 100-plus countries; and as trademark and copyright counsel to Creative Artists Agency, one of the world’s top talent agencies, for which she recently executed a strategic filing programme to enable its expansion in China. Robert Wasnofski is another experienced lead partner in the New York office who is trusted implicitly by A-list companies. “Bob is very conscious of clients’ needs and makes sure they don’t spend money unnecessarily. He resolves things in sensible fashion without running up big bills.” He represents Mediacom on all trademark matters.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

A purveyor of holistic and refined brand services at a national and global level, Dorsey & Whitney is an essential ally to brand-rich players. The intersection of IP law and the Internet is a sweet spot for the team, which capitalises on a deep appreciation of social media, advertising, domain name and online enforcement issues to provide full-bodied counsel that keeps rights holders protected in all weathers. Sarah Robertson, Sandra Edelman, Fara Sunderji and Bruce Ewing comprise a stellar line-up of lawyers in New York who also form the backbone of the firm’s wider trademark offering. Leader of the local group Robertson is a shrewd strategist on the non-contentious side of the practice who “shows genuine concern for the interests of her clients, which she represents zealously but within budget”. Counselling and litigation are the twin pillars of Edelman’s well-built practice; she dispenses “superbly knowledgeable, meticulous and efficient advice” with a personal touch. Putting on regular displays of excellent teamwork, Sunderji works closely alongside Robertson and Edelman in her role as a brand manager and litigator – and an authority on advertising, marketing and promotions. Ewing captains the IP litigation group and is a savvy trial lawyer who communicates directly and clearly and has an instinctive sense of commercial risk. He and Sunderji have been acting for Girl Scouts of the United States of America in a high-profile suit against Boy Scouts of America.

Duane Morris LLP

Making its first appearance in the New York firm rankings for prosecution and strategy and litigation and enforcement for the first time this year, Duane Morris puts forward a “professional yet friendly and highly responsive trademark service”, characterised by “creative thinking and strategising”. Holding the fort in New York is Gregory Gulia, who co-chairs the entertainment and new media group. He has a special faculty for disputes work and is a tried-and-tested litigator who is nonetheless active in a much broader capacity as an adviser; his versatility is a key attraction for the likes of Pernod Ricard USA, which instructs him and his talented New York colleagues – shout-outs here to “talented and ambitious associate” and qualified French and US attorney Sarah Peyronnel – to assist in acquiring new brands, branding new product lines and creating advertising campaigns. He is a linchpin of a robust wider practice comprising over 40 attorneys who manage some 20,000 trademarks across the world.

Fish & Richardson

Fish & Richardson is an elite name not just in the patent sphere, but in trademarks and brand-adjacent areas, too. A repository of trust for rights holders, it delivers satisfying outcomes in prosecution, litigation and IP monetisation scenarios with equal concern for quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Mention the firm in a trademark discussion and Kristen McCallion and Catherine Stockell’s names will likely come up: McCallion has an impressively large and diverse client following and is looked to by Eyeverify, Hikvision and Barings – among many others – as a global filing, rights management and enforcement pathfinder. Sage counsellor Stockell is distinguished by more than three decades in the game and her contentious background, both of which give her a keen sense of risk. They are joined in the listings this year by Jennifer DeWolf Paine, a 2019 arrival at the firm following a four-year stint in-house at Microsoft handling trademark matters relating to popular and high-profile brands such as Xbox and Minecraft.

Foley & Lardner LLP

Among the Am Law 100, Foley & Lardner is noted for the breadth and depth of its IP service; uncommonly, it works across the contentious/non-contentious divide in both the patent and trademark areas. Zooming in on the brands practice, the set has more than 1,250 clients covered when it comes to the clearance, registration and enforcement of marks worldwide. Many of these turn to Jonathan Moskin as a first port of call, particularly when enterprise-threatening disputes arise; he’s a battle-hardened litigator with “great spirit” and a pristine hit rate. Notable among his recent activities is his representation of prestige office furniture and equipment maker Herman Miller in trade dress litigation. Another talented litigator – both in court and TTAB proceedings and in alternative resolution forums – is Robert Weisbein. His facility for navigating challenging dispute scenarios makes him a wise counsellor for clients such as Hermès International, whose US prosecution needs he handles.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz has a fine-grained understanding of the intricacies of complex brand-related matters in the media, entertainment and advertising space, and a well-developed prosecution, enforcement and licensing toolkit to keep companies – especially those whose business success depends on strong brands – in the best possible shape. In Catherine Farrelly, the trademark group has a steadfast helmswoman and a “commercially focused practitioner” who makes sure everything going out the door meets the highest standards of quality. She counts top sports leagues and whisky distillers as clients, as well as Hasbro, for which she has handled tricky disputes alongside Kimberly Maynard, who debuts in the guide this year on the back of effusive recommendations. “Kim manages difficult opposing parties and coordinates multi-jurisdictional disputes with great skill. She completes her assignments in a timely fashion and delivers sound, practical advice at a lower billing rate than many other New York lawyers.” The wider IP division also benefits from strong leadership courtesy of Edward Rosenthal, an invaluable mentor and high-calibre litigator whose appreciation of trademark law and tactical nuance inspire confidence.

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC 

Unrivalled in the United States – perhaps anywhere in the world – for brands expertise, Fross Zelnick runs an “exceptionally comprehensive trademark practice” and is “incredibly strong on international portfolio management and US litigation”. In prosecution, the team never misses its mark, leveraging sophisticated search capabilities and a proprietary trademark filing database to ensure the efficient delivery of seamless global protection. On this side of the practice are numerous top lawyers who team up well in different configurations to give prestigious companies the precise fit they require in terms of skills and experience. Notable on the firm’s WTR 1000 submission is the number of luxury brands it tends to in this collaborative fashion, with Lydia Gobena, Lawrence Apolzon, Barbara Solomon, John Margiotta and Charles Weigell variously linking up to great effect. When it comes to global trademark protection and management, Gobena puts on an absolute masterclass; her love of all things creative shines through on every brief. Apolzon harnesses a potent blend of trademark and design patent expertise in commercially meaningful and compelling ways. Solomon is “brilliant at setting strategy to enable the continuous growth of brand value and executes flawlessly and at amazing speed”. Versatility is the watchword of Margiotta, who can take care of the total needs of clients thanks to specialisation not just in trademarks, but also in copyright, trade dress, design patent, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition and false advertising law. Cut from similar cloth, Weigell sees things from all angles, which makes him an excellent problem solver. Many others are fundamental to the success of the practice at the global level, including Allison Strickland Ricketts, Nadine Jacobson, Leo Kittay, Carlos Cucurella, Cara Boyle, Karen Lim and Tamar Niv Bessinger, each of whom deserves special recognition. Ricketts is one of the foremost minds in the country on USPTO practice and the Madrid Protocol. Jacobson is a “powerhouse whose knowledge and awareness of trademark law and practice in jurisdictions around the world are better than anyone’s”. “Nadine gives cutting-edge, commercial advice and turns work around incredibly quickly – all for a fantastic price!” Kittay partners well with growth companies, which lean on his cultivated coaching, counselling and litigating abilities. Barcelonian and Spanish-qualified lawyer Cucurella adds comprehensive insight on European and Latin American law to the mix – and is also an authority on China matters. “Trusted counsellor” Boyle “serves as an extension of in-house teams and provides timely and practical advice”. Lim has lived on three continents and has a cosmopolitan outlook which serves her well in protecting rights internationally. She debuts in the WTR 1000 this year alongside Bessinger, who was recently promoted to partner in recognition of her ability to secure trademark registrations at home and abroad no matter what the challenge. When infringement issues loom, Fross Zelnick has an abundance of determined and decisive litigators ready to step up to the plate – among them James Weinberger, David Donahue, Craig Mende, Jason Jones and Laura Popp-Rosenberg. “James is simply one of the best, most efficient and creative trademark lawyers you could have the privilege of connecting with. His written output is always impeccable and his interactions with opposing counsel never less than professional – he is also never outmanoeuvred.” “David is exceptional at legal analysis and is constantly looking for business-friendly solutions to conflicts. Extremely easy to work with, he gives superior advice at a reasonable price point.” “Aggressive yet practical, Craig can cut through what is non-essential to get to the heart of tricky matters. He advocates hard.” Jones has been putting in strong performances lately and earns his WTR 1000 stripes for the first time this year as a result; his recent representations have come on behalf of Intercontinental Great Brands, owner of the Chiclets gum brand, in a TTAB cancellation action; and Robert Kirkman as owner of The Walking Dead brand in an opposition against The Toking Dead. Continuing to build on her résumé, Popp-Rosenberg recently briefed a Federal Circuit appeal which arose from an earlier high-profile appellate success against Coca-Cola regarding its ZERO mark, following which Coca-Cola was allowed to amend its trademark applications to disclaim the term ‘zero’. All these litigators benefit from the wisdom of legends Roger Zissu and Richard Lehv, who serve as senior counsel.

Goodwin Procter LLP

Finding ways to prevail in the toughest and most consequential disputes is Goodwin Procter’s USP in the trademark space. Its litigators are comfortable going the distance and have a sterling track record at the Supreme Court down to show for it. Ira Levy keeps IP infringers of all types at bay and is greatly respected for his versatility and tenacity. He puts his contentious know-how to good use as a counsellor, providing household-name players – including a major bank – well-founded advice on prosecution and brand protection matters. “Rob has an analytical mind and figures out clever, creative and efficient ways to achieve his clients’ business objectives.” Also supporting companies at a strategic level is Jessica Rothstein, a lawyer who cuts to the chase and provides easily implementable advice; she also gives the appearance of working 24/7 and is uber-responsive.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig is a heavyweight on the US and global trademark scene, maintaining a sizeable team of specialists who put the focus not just on the detail of their legal work, but also on efficient problem solving aligned with big-picture commercial aims and impeccable customer service. One of the engines of the group is Daniel Schloss, who uses the New York office as a launching pad for a dynamic international trademark selection, registration and protection practice. Representing Ralph Lauren, Godiva Chocolatier, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and many other celebrated names, he is hailed as a “top expert on all aspects of trademark and unfair competition law around the world”. He frequently collaborates with Alan Sutin, another big hitter and the senior chair of the global IP and technology practice. Blending trademark, privacy, internet and new media insight, Sutin can effortlessly covers a lot of ground. Japanese companies avail of Greenberg Traurig’s prowess in the trademark field through enlisting Masahiro Noda, who, like Sutin, has a broad compass as an IP professional. He has a knack for tracking down elusive counterfeiters and discouraging them in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Haug Partners LLP 

“Haug Partners ticks all the boxes: it provides personalised, cost-conscious, effective, practical trademark advice guided by concern for business issues, and can take on complicated filing programmes in an organised fashion and drive creative strategies.” Paving the way in this regard is Ben Natter, a “deeply knowledgeable and commercial lawyer who efficiently overcomes all obstacles to rights protection”. “Extremely responsive, he takes good care of the human aspect of the client-lawyer relationship and acts like an extension of in-house teams; the quality of his work is brilliant, too.” He has been steadily expanding the firm’s trademark and unfair competition practice since joining in 2017, making Haug Partners a popular name in Latin America and China – two regions in which he has cultivated ample experience implementing trademark initiatives. This has led to an uptick in inbound US enquiries, with portfolio management instructions coming from the likes of Baidu.

Haynes and Boone LLP

WTR 1000 gold-ranked at the US national level, Southwestern IP powerhouse Haynes and Boone cuts a dash in New York, fielding a local team that, although compact, is well-specced for brand management assignments and complex litigation. Making New York an important location in the firm’s expansive network is Richard Rochford, who chairs the national IP litigation group. “Amazing at oral argument”, he recently saw to the dismissal after a 10-day jury trial of a Swedish inventor’s claims of trademark and contract rights infringement on behalf of Nestlé Skin Health and Galderma Laboratories. They were joined in May 2020 by Erin Hennessy, a former Time Warner chief trademark counsel who is currently acting counsel of the INTA board.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth is a force to be reckoned with in the trademark sphere; its specialists assiduously safeguard rights across territories in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, while taking the business criticality of strong brands to heart. Under the stewardship of the effervescent James Rosini, there’s plenty of dynamism on show here. Rosini has a gift for fixing problems and finding ways to make things happen; he knows what the law says and can impart this to clients, but the secret to his success lies in giving positive answers that enable commercial decision making. Down the hall in New York, Jonathan Reichman is a font of insight and analysis regarding IP issues in the entertainment industry, as well as a polished litigator. “Jonathan is great at advising on chances of success and then, if you decide to proceed on a matter, is suitably aggressive in defending your interests. He can be highly recommended to anyone needing top-notch IP services.” He represents Peanuts Worldwide – which owns the rights to the Peanuts characters, including Snoopy and Charlie Brown – in connection with trademark licensing and prosecution and strategy matters.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Itself a household-name brand in the fashion industry, Katten is a premier destination for many prestigious designers and clothes makers. Karen Artz Ash understands how the industry works and the role of intellectual property within it, allowing her to give legal counsel laced with business insight. Cited by international sources as a “great strategist” and a “responsive correspondent”, Jan Tamulewicz is also widely endorsed, with a loyal following in fashion, luxury and beyond.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend offers a compelling global support package to IP owners and fields a substantial team of trademark specialists – one of the largest of any US firm, whether Big Law or boutique – to address all possible brand-related concerns virtually anywhere in the world. This includes China, where it set up its own full-service trademark agency in 2019 and for which it runs a focused brands team drawn from its New York, Beijing and Shanghai offices. Primus inter pares on its panel of lawyers in New York is Lisa Pearson, a “highly adept litigator with a down-to-earth approach and amazing client-handling skills”. In the spotlight lately, she has been representing Coty in cases involving decoded fragrances. Alongside US litigation, multi-jurisdictional disputes are something of a forte for the local team, thanks to the contributions of Christopher Woods, Georges Nahitchevansky and Jason Vogel. Captain of the China brands group Woods has recently successfully completed more than 54 oppositions, cancellations and invalidations in that jurisdiction for an industry-leading technology company. For the same client, Nahitchevansky has recently handled domain name disputes against diverse parties across the world; he has also assisted a top bank with multiple rebranding initiatives. Meanwhile, Vogel has afforded sterling representation to a well-known entertainment company on cross-border portfolio, enforcement and licensing matters. Speaking of the latter, Kilpatrick Townsend is a discerning choice for commercial IP engagements of all kinds. Co-chair of the franchising group and retail and consumer goods team Marc Lieberstein “takes a collaborative rather than adversarial approach to getting deals done”.

King & Spalding LLP

Some of the world’s best-loved and most valuable brands trust in King & Spalding for watertight protection and strategies that not only ring-fence their advantage on the market, but extend it. The Coca-Cola Company, for example, regularly consults Kathleen McCarthy and Bruce Baber – two New Yorkers who shine on contested matters, but also apply a rigorously commercial mindset to portfolio management. They have been putting in work for the beverage giant in a long-running dispute against Royal Crown Company and Dr Pepper Seven-Up relating to Coca-Cola’s applications to register its ZERO trademarks. Extremely diligent and productive, McCarthy also represents French cosmetics and beauty products company Sephora on trademark tasks of strategic importance; and protects and enforces several famous brands for Madison Square Garden Company, Radio City Music Hall and the TAO Group.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Equally feared, respected and admired, Kirkland & Ellis is perhaps the best trademark litigation firm in the United States. Its lawyers positively thrive in the glare of the spotlight and tackle high-exposure disputes full bore, posing a level of threat that often results in quick and cost-effective wins. Though best known for its trial prowess, the set also acquits itself with distinction on portfolio management and transactional mandates, and thus features on both the enforcement and litigation and prosecution and strategy tables this year – there’s nothing it cannot do when it comes to safeguarding brand integrity. With Dale Cendali alone, Kirkland & Ellis could make a compelling claim for the top spot. The talisman of the practice, Cendali is “an inspiration to everyone interested in trademarks” and is unanimously described as an “awesome lawyer”. Other elite performers around her include Claudia Ray, Johanna Schmitt and rising star Joshua Simmons. Cendali and fellow gold-ranked attorney Ray make a devastatingly effective pairing, which is why companies instruct them when infringement issues impact on business; in this capacity, they are currently acting for Delta Air Lines against Marriott International in a case involving trademark infringement and dilution, false designation of origin, deceptive trade practices and unfair competition. Schmitt has a vibrant personality and is loved by clients; she is extremely effective in her use of surveys and is excellent on her feet in court. Dual-ranked on the litigation and prosecution sides like Schmitt, Simmons is a versatile practitioner who stands out as a terrific writer with a deep understanding of technology.

Ladas & Parry LLP

Capitalising on global relationships cultivated over several decades, Ladas & Parry aligns itself as a key international brand protector to prestigious rights holders, including many Fortune 500 companies. Working collaboratively with carefully selected foreign associates, the firm delivers crisp cross-border protection results while meaningfully supporting clients’ business development. Dennis Prahl and Bharati Bakshani anchor the prosecution practice, bringing 50 years of collective worldwide experience to the table. There’s virtually no region for which they don’t have strategies at the ready – pick a country, name the problem and they’ll give you the solution. With Ralph Cathcart on deck, the ensemble is also well equipped for hotly contentious issues. A lot of litigators only have one hammer in the toolbox, meaning they can’t always serve clients’ best interests; Cathcart has many and uses them wisely to find the optimum solutions. He derives further strength from an incredible academic knowledge of the law and its development, which saves time and money because he doesn’t have to go off to research answers. Lanning Bryer takes charge of the transactional IP practice and is another class act who puts large corporates at a distinct advantage in negotiations.

Leason Ellis LLP

Judging from the outpouring of positive feedback elicited by its name, Leason Ellis is evidently doing everything right in the trademark and IP space. Operating out of White Plains with a deep bench comprised of talented attorneys drawn away from New York, it provides a quality service at a reassuringly sensitive price point. Among its counselling stars are Peter Sloane, Karin Segall, Martin Schwimmer and Lauren Emerson, each of whom deserves special coverage. As chair of the trademark and copyright practice, Sloane proves himself masterful at organising pitch-perfect responses to complex client demands; as a practitioner, he is recommended for his ability to see beyond the legal to the business issues at the heart of any matter. He manages the US trademark portfolio of Huawei Technologies. Segall is “extremely efficient and highly pragmatic, and suggests commercially apt solutions that address trademark owners’ immediate and potential future needs”. She works alongside Sloane for Honeywell on global search and prosecution instructions. Schwimmer is a “thoroughbred lawyer and one of the sharpest, most creative trademark experts to be found in the United States. He is passionate about his work and produces outstanding results”. He manages international portfolios for 3D printer manufacturer Makerbot and Crunch Fitness. Some of the best feedback is reserved for Emerson, a lawyer with “unmatched interpersonal skills” who gives “refreshingly straightforward and concise advice evidencing a high degree of commercial awareness and outstanding initiative”. She also “seeks to make her clients self-sufficient”. All these lawyers have sparkling enforcement credentials and are highly litigation aware; but for hardcore disputes, the person to call is litigation chair Yuval Marcus, who has chalked up the wins in all kinds of IP cases over many years. He recently served as lead defence counsel for Metal Sport in a dispute with Metal Jeans over use of the mark METAL for apparel, successfully obtaining monetary sanctions and a finding of contempt against the plaintiff. Joining him in the listings this year is Cameron Reuber, a shrewd strategic litigator who knows exactly when to be aggressive.

McCarter & English LLP 

Confident in their expectations of an excellent 360-degree IP service, companies with diverse portfolios make a beeline to McCarter & English, a regional firm with a well-built, 100-strong team of lawyers, technical specialists and patent agents. Acutely aware of the business difference that distinctive brand identities can make, its trademark practitioners dispatch all types of brand management, enforcement and monetisation instructions – and do so globally – with a sure hand. Praise abounds for executive committee member and New York managing partner Margarita Wallach, who does “impeccable work exemplifying outstanding attention to detail”. She works in diverse sectors, but is especially tuned into branding issues in the food and beverages industry. She has a likeminded colleague in James H Donoian, with whom she regularly brainstorms. Donoian never lets emotions take over and is always steady and reasonable; his judgement unclouded, he solves problems through deep and creative thinking. Making his inaugural appearance in the WTR 1000 for 2021, Mark D Giarratana focuses on patent and trademark litigation and is endorsed as a “responsive and engaging professional who is truly curious about clients’ businesses and products”. He is based in nearby Hartford, Connecticut.

Mintz

Just over two years after joining, Michael Graif has put Mintz firmly on the map in New York. His impeccable work product and fruitful collaborations with other lawyers in the group have sent a clarion call to the market that the firm can handle complex enforcement and litigation briefs just as well as any competitor. Graif has added some striking successes to his résumé recently; as an example, in January 2020 he obtained a preliminary injunction for trademark infringement on behalf of Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company against AXA, preventing it from using the name ‘Equitable’ without the prefix ‘AXA’ or another dynamic qualifier. For Graif, it is never just about the law – he walks in his clients’ shoes and gives real-world advice that puts business first.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Standing out for its commercially attuned, globally minded take on trademark protection and its composure in trial settings, Orrick is synonymous with sophistication in the brands space. Doing much to uphold this reputation is a New York-based litigation trio comprising Peter Vogl, Elizabeth Brenckman and Lisa Simpson. Operating at the elite level, Vogl wears his love for brands on his sleeve and is a first-rate international strategist with experience working in Europe and the United States. He contributes greatly to the firm’s high-flying ITC IP litigation practice and has been working with BIC on efforts there to halt the import of lighters infringing its trademarks. At a district court level, he has also been handling a rare and significant colour-as-trade-dress case for CoorsTek Medical against CeramTec. Brenckman is known for her eloquence in court and ability to think quickly on her feet, and has ramped up the firepower of the local team considerably since her arrival from Fish in 2019. Well suited to multi-layered and enterprise-threatening cases, she is currently defending Williams Sonoma against allegations of trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, dilution and false advertising made by Nespresso. Simpson – who is acting alongside Vogl on the CoorsTek matter – is a seasoned trademarks and product liability litigator with many fans in the technology, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

Using patents, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property to create business value is an art that Pearl Cohen has fully mastered; spread across multiple Israeli and US offices, its large team of professionals views intangible assets not in isolation, but in their wider commercial context. This is certainly true of Todd Braverman, the firm’s popular US trademark group leader in New York: “Todd doesn’t give boilerplate advice, but thoughtful counsel based on what clients need.” “Incredibly attentive, he gets things done in a timely fashion and is simply one of the best trademark practitioners in the country.” Highly versatile, Braverman is adept at search and clearance, prosecution, strategic counselling, enforcement and litigation, and is a do-it-all lawyer for many clients, including e-sports-oriented energy drink brand G Fuel and leading guitar pedal and effects manufacturer Fulltone Musical Products. He has an excellent senior associate – more of a fellow leader – in Jackie Zion, with whom he has worked for a decade. Zion’s role is to coordinate and handle much of the US trademark work originating from Israel, which she performs extremely well and to exacting standards. Joining them in the guide this year is of counsel Peter Kirschenbaum, who arrived at Pearl Cohen in August 2019 following a long and successful career in-house, including a nearly 30-year tenure at JPMorgan Chase.

Phillips Nizer LLP

A mid-sized general practice with a stellar reputation in intellectual property, Phillips Nizer is a go-to for players in the fashion, apparel and luxury goods industries; they see it as something of a pioneer, having helped many designers back in the mid-20th century to identify and then capitalise on branding opportunities. The firm remains at the forefront of fashion developments today, thanks to the efforts of Alan Behr, a corporate and IP partner who chairs the firm’s dedicated industry group. The value of Behr’s counsel lies in his unerring ability to lead clients away from potential disputes; but for those unavoidable conflicts, he also has the resolution skills and practical mindset to sort things out. Monica McCabe shares this ability to foresee risks and steer parties clear of issues before they become problems. Cited as a “class act”, an “excellent team manager” and a “smart, effective, efficient and pragmatic lawyer”, she works in the fashion area too, as well as in numerous other industries – both creative and technology-driven.

Pryor Cashman LLP

The first choice for a glittering coterie of celebrities, as well as marquee companies in the luxury and entertainment fields, Pryor Cashman maintains an incredibly dynamic trademark practice, which oversees the global protection and monetisation of many valuable brands – and the creation of many new ones. Street-smart and tenacious, its lawyers help clients blaze business trails, with superb results. Co-chairs Brad Rose and Teresa Lee spearhead the celebrity branding practice; while Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme guides the likes of L’Oréal and Richemont International on the luxury side. The “charismatic” Rose is lauded as a “practical lawyer who understands business and never loses sight of clients’ ultimate goals”. As a former USPTO trademark examiner, Lee knows what buttons to push to get marks on the register; she is also a silver-tongued negotiator, which serves her well in enforcement and transactional scenarios. Like Rose, Finguerra-DuCharme is a potent litigator with an enviable track record in the courtroom; she has cultivated a fine appreciation of risk, which she also turns to her advantage in prosecution. All three connect well and together have been actively carving a niche in the cannabis area.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP 

Seyfarth Shaw has a unique ability to keep large-scale global trademark prosecution and portfolio management projects moving in the optimal direction, instrumental to which is its SeyfarthLink collaboration platform. Though reliant on technology for the efficient running of the practice, there’s nothing robotic about its service; the firm does an excellent job staffing matters with the best-suited lawyers who give close attention to clients and make in-house contacts look good to their companies. A vital part in all this is the management role played by New York-based Edward Maluf, who co-chairs the national IP group and the false advertising, product labelling and warnings group; he’s an impeccable organiser who ensures that the team can squeeze more out of the day by moving work down the virtual hallway it has established from Los Angeles to London. Maluf is also an inspiring mentor to up-and-coming lawyers on the team.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Equally proficient in prosecution and litigation, Sheppard Mullin takes care of the total branding needs of clients and can do so coast to coast in the United States, as well as globally. Its New York contingent has a particularly refined contentious skillset, which Theodore Max and Paul Garrity deploy to great effect in the fashion and apparel industries, among many others. “Super-smart lawyer” Max is assisting Chanel with respect to counterfeiting, trademark infringement, false advertising and unfair competition claims against The RealReal; while Garrity is serving as lead defence counsel for Reckitt Benckiser in trade secret litigation against Absorption Pharmaceuticals.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Virtually unrivalled for its transactional nous, Skadden also showcases sophisticated litigation and dispute resolution abilities, making it an essential partner to companies for which brands are big business. New York office head and firm-wide IP and technology group co-captain Bruce Goldner is a heavyweight deal maker who has had a hand in some of the largest acquisitions – he represented Twenty-First Century Fox in connection with its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company – and some of the most innovative worldwide brand partnerships. Anthony Dreyer takes the lead on high-stakes litigation and is credited as a “deeply strategic thinker and exceptional writer”.

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

An “excellent firm with phenomenal trademark attorneys”, Weil Gotshal matches cutting-edge knowledge on trademark liability issues with finely honed transactional IP and litigation skills, and so fits the bill perfectly when legal and business matters arise at the intersection of brands and technology. Anchoring the practice in New York, Randi Singer is one of the organisation’s top non-patent IP litigators, with a talent for unravelling complex trademark problems and developing strategies to overcome them. She is currently defending Samsung in an action against Swatch Group, which has alleged direct and contributory trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting; and recently secured a favourable outcome – including the dismissal of claims – for client Janssen in false advertising cases brought by Novartis relating to promotional materials showing the results of a head-to-head study that compared their different psoriasis treatments. Fellow litigation partner Jessica Falk is also someone to keep on the radar; she knows all the ins and outs of the industries she works with and makes obvious the value of her rigorous preparation when it’s time to head into battle.

White & Case LLP 

White & Case debuts in the New York rankings this year and, as testament to its quality and well-roundedness, features on both the prosecution and litigation tables. Its copyright and trade secrets team add tremendous value through perspicacious global brand development and protection for companies such as leading pharmaceutical entities, retailers and messaging services. Claudia A Smith and Stefan Mentzer link up to handle all of Pfizer’s trademark clearances in the United States and assist it with copyright and right of publicity issues in connection with its development and marketing of pharmaceutical products. Smith puts the focus on prosecution and counselling, and “provides practical and actionable advice founded on an understanding of clients’ needs”. “She works extremely hard and is a real asset, with her steady hand and calmness under pressure.” A litigator first and foremost, Mentzer provides invaluable counsel on IP risks.

Winston & Strawn LLP 

Trial representation is the metier of Winston & Strawn in the IP domain; its lawyers are in their element hacking through the thickets of complex cases to present clear, relatable and ultimately persuasive narratives to juries. Doing this extremely well, vice-chairman of the firm Michael Elkin doesn’t engage in pointless litigation banter and isn’t afraid to adjust his strategies when necessary – his overarching goal is to find pragmatic solutions that serve his clients’ interests. Dextrous in global prosecution and portfolio management, too, the firm is ideally placed as a one-stop shop for brand owners.

Other recommended experts

Matthew Asbell moved on from Ladas & Parry in May 2020 to join Offit Kurman. With the social media, internet and software expertise he brings, he is a valuable addition to the team. Brian Brokate is an enforcement ace named alongside just 12 others in the WTR 1000’s US national anti-counterfeiting rankings. He leads the IP group at Gibney Anthony & Flaherty. Tamar Duvdevani chairs DLA Piper’s IP and technology group in New York. She is a staunch advocate for fashion, media and consumer products companies with infringement concerns. Accessible, available, practical and efficient – and a personable lawyer who cares deeply about clients and their products and business – Stacy Jill Grossman comes warmly recommended. The prosecution and administrative litigation maven, who runs her own self-titled law office, picks up a tonne of referrals from premier firms, which speaks to her quality. A former co-lead of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s international IP group, Erik Kahn continues to play a vital role in the success of the firm’s substantial trademark practice and takes point on global portfolio management assignments. He has a fine reputation in technology-intensive industries. At Fox Rothschild, Perla Kuhn handles a broad array of trademark, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and domain name matters, giving patrons the full benefit of the wisdom that she has accumulated over decades in the game. She recently completed various transactional negotiations for Citizen Watch Company of America. Carlton Fields shareholder Clark Lackert is a “senior statesman of trademark law, and a teacher and mentor to many important IP figures”. He is a go-to referral for foreign associates on complex US prosecution and litigation matters, whose specialist subjects include geographical indications, among other key trademark topics. “Eleanor Lackman and her team are proactive, responsive, communicative and flexible. Anyone looking for thoughtful, practical help with IP registrations and enforcement would be fortunate to have her on their side.” Exceptionally strong in the media and entertainment space, she acts for the likes of Mic Network, BDG Media and Cards Against Humanity at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. Brand owners seek out John Mancini when faced with their most difficult challenges; he never sits on the fence, but will take a firm position, which – together with his out-of-the-box problem-solving abilities – inspires confidence. As an advocate, he is also “appropriately aggressive”. He serves a high-level client base which includes Goya Foods, for which he litigates and oversees its global portfolio. IP litigation is a forte of Proskauer Rose, which counts Brendan O’Rourke and Lawrence Weinstein among its most seasoned trademark and false advertising lawyers. Both have abundant trial experience and can be counted on when the chips are down. Patterson Belknap is an elite litigation firm with a well-reputed IP practice – not least thanks to the efforts of Geoffrey Potter, who chairs the anti-counterfeiting and brand protection team; and Steve Zalesin, an authority on false advertising. Both are accomplished trial lawyers. Quinn Emanuel is one of the best patent litigation firms in the United States, but is no less well suited to brand-related cases; Robert Raskopf chairs its sports litigation, media and entertainment and trademark and copyright practices. Robinson Cole’s Maria Scungio is well versed in global portfolio management, but also a “tremendous litigator”. Her agility in the practice makes her suited to outside in-house counsel-type roles. A seasoned litigator who never takes his eye off the prosecution, counselling and licensing ball, Troutman Pepper’s Howard Shire is a Swiss Army knife of an IP lawyer. Running the show at Sisun Law, Scott Sisun puts great effort in upfront to help clients plan trademark use and filing activities, which saves them time, money and headaches down the line. He knows how to navigate the USPTO better than most and, in enforcement, has an intuitive sense of timing when it comes to the application of aggressive tactics. At Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, strategic counsellor Donna Tobin is a “brilliant all-rounder you can ask any trademark question and get a top-notch answer”. Nixon Peabody has a great culture characterised by a collaborative spirit; helping to promote this and thriving within it is Rochester-based Kristen Mollnow Walsh, one of the firm’s best when it comes to trademark prosecution, counselling and enforcement – particularly in the food and beverages sector. Skilled in the art of global portfolio management, solutions-oriented Patricia Werner aligns herself as a commercial, not just legal, partner to rights holders. The fashion and retail doyenne can be found at Kelley Drye & Warren.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • David H Bernstein - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dale M Cendali - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Anthony J Dreyer - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • G Roxanne Elings - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Jonathan Z King - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Craig Mende - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Lisa Pearson - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Claudia E Ray - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • James E Rosini - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Barbara A Solomon - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Peter D Vogl - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • James Weinberger - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Bruce W Baber - King & Spalding LLP
  • Megan Bannigan - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Brian W Brokate - Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
  • David A Donahue - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • James H Donoian - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Kieran G Doyle - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Sandra Edelman - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Louis S Ederer - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Bruce R Ewing - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme - Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Paul W Garrity - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Lydia T Gobena - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Michael R Graif - Mintz
  • Dori Ann Hanswirth - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Robert BG Horowitz - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Mary L Kevlin - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Clark W Lackert - Carlton Fields
  • Ira J Levy - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Paul C Llewellyn - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • A John P Mancini - Mayer Brown
  • Richard S Mandel - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • John P Margiotta - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Theodore C Max - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Kathleen E McCarthy - King & Spalding LLP
  • Heather J McDonald - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Stefan Mentzer - White & Case LLP 
  • Jonathan E Moskin - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Georges Nahitchevansky - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Ben Natter - Haug Partners LLP 
  • Brendan J O'Rourke - Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Robert L Raskopf - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Monica Richman - Dentons
  • Richard D Rochford - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Brad D Rose - Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Adam Siegartel - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Randi Singer - Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Peter S Sloane - Leason Ellis LLP
  • Donna A Tobin - Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld
  • Margarita Wallach - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Robert Wasnofski - Dentons
  • Lawrence I Weinstein - Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Christopher J Woods - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Steven A Zalesin - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Alan Behr - Phillips Nizer LLP
  • Todd Braverman - Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
  • Elizabeth Brenckman - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Ralph H Cathcart - Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Tamar Y Duvdevani - DLA Piper
  • Michael S Elkin - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Jessica Falk - Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Catherine MC Farrelly - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Jeremy Feigelson - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Mark D Giarratana - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Gregory Gulia - Duane Morris LLP
  • Suzanne Hengl - Baker Botts LLP
  • Marylee Jenkins - Arent Fox LLP
  • Jason Jones - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Leo Kittay - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Eleanor M Lackman - Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Maryann E Licciardi - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Marc A Lieberstein - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Yuval Marcus - Leason Ellis LLP
  • Michelle Mancino Marsh - Arent Fox LLP
  • Kim Maynard - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Nicole Mazanitis - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Kristen McCallion - Fish & Richardson
  • Masahiro Noda - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Laura Popp-Rosenberg - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Geoffrey Potter - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Jonathan D Reichman - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Cameron S Reuber - Leason Ellis LLP
  • Sarah Robertson - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Lisa Rosaya - Baker McKenzie
  • Edward H Rosenthal - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Jessica L Rothstein - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Matthew T Salzmann - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Johanna Schmitt - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Eric J Shimanoff - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Howard J Shire - Troutman Pepper
  • Joshua L Simmons - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Lisa T Simpson - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Fara Sunderji - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Robert Weisbein - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Josh Wolkoff - Baker Mckenzie

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Lawrence E Apolzon - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Karen Artz Ash - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Pamela T Church - Baker McKenzie
  • Sandra Edelman - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • G Roxanne Elings - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Lydia T Gobena - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Nadine H Jacobson - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Alexandra Nicholson - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Monica Richman - Dentons
  • Lisa Rosaya - Baker McKenzie
  • James E Rosini - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Joel Karni Schmidt - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Allison Strickland Ricketts - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Max Vern - Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP 
  • Bharati Bakshani - Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Alan Behr - Phillips Nizer LLP
  • Cara Boyle - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Todd Braverman - Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
  • Carlos Cucurella - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Jenifer deWolf Paine - Fish & Richardson
  • Mary A Donovan - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Louis S Ederer - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Lauren Emerson - Leason Ellis LLP
  • Catherine MC Farrelly - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme - Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Lynn Fruchter - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Jeffrey Greene - Cooley LLP
  • Dori Ann Hanswirth - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Suzanne Hengl - Baker Botts LLP
  • Erin S Hennessy - Haynes and Boone
  • Robert BG Horowitz - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Mary L Kevlin - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Perla M Kuhn - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Clark W Lackert - Carlton Fields
  • Teresa Lee - Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Marc A Lieberstein - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Paul C Llewellyn - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Edward Maluf - Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Theodore C Max - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Monica P McCabe - Phillips Nizer LLP
  • Kristen McCallion - Fish & Richardson
  • Kathleen E McCarthy - King & Spalding LLP
  • Craig Mende - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Ben Natter - Haug Partners LLP 
  • Masahiro Noda - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Dennis S Prahl - Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Brad D Rose - Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Jessica L Rothstein - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Martin Schwimmer - Leason Ellis LLP
  • Adam Siegartel - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Peter S Sloane - Leason Ellis LLP
  • Claudia A Smith - White & Case LLP 
  • Deborah K Squiers - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Eric Stenshoel - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Catherine Stockell - Fish & Richardson
  • Alan N Sutin - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jason M Vogel - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Kristen Mollnow Walsh - Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Robert Wasnofski - Dentons
  • Charles TJ Weigell III - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Christopher J Woods - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Matthew D Asbell - Offit Kurman
  • Tamar Niv Bessinger - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Lanning G Bryer - Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Elizabeth Cohen - Arent Fox LLP
  • James H Donoian - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Mark D Giarratana - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Mark D Giarratana - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Bruce J Goldner - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Michael R Graif - Mintz
  • Stacy Jill Grossman - Law Office of Stacy J Grossman
  • Theresa House - Arnold & Porter
  • Erik W Kahn - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Peter Kirschenbaum - Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
  • Maryann E Licciardi - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Karen Lim - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Meichelle MacGregor - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Michelle Mancino Marsh - Arent Fox LLP
  • Jonathan D Reichman - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Sarah Robertson - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Daniel Schloss - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Johanna Schmitt - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Maria A Scungio - Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Karin Segall - Leason Ellis LLP
  • Joshua L Simmons - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Scott Sisun - Sisun Law
  • Jan Tamulewicz - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Donna A Tobin - Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld
  • Robert Weisbein - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Patricia Werner - Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Jackie Zion - Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

Luminaries

  • William M Borchard - Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC
  • Richard Lehv - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • Roger L Zissu - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC