United States: North Carolina


  • Recommended
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Enns & Archer LLP
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Moore & Van Allen PLLC
  • Tepper & Eyster PLLC
  • Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Alston & Bird’s robust trademark team matches shrewd portfolio managers with accomplished litigators, making it a cogent choice for brand owners of every ilk. On the prosecution side, Martha Gayle Barber is a formidable ally to have. “She’s a very well-known and much-admired lawyer with a number of fantastic portfolios under her command.” Her technical knowledge and strategic nous make her an assured guide who instantly inspires confidence in clients. When a contentious matter looms large on the horizon, brand owners make a beeline for seasoned litigator Larry Jones. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of IP case law and the sangfroid to perform in high-pressure situations.

Enns & Archer LLP

“Enns & Archer is a firm with truly excellent trademark lawyers, who know their stuff and work effectively within their limits.” Name partners Rodrick Enns and Julia Archer are the beating heart of the practice and are held in high esteem by colleagues. In Enns’ 25 years at the IP coalface, he has handled over 70 trials and appeals; this has sharpened him into a deft litigator with a sixth sense for when to play his most effective cards. Archer provides “very strong brand management counsel” to her clients and has notable expertise with regard to sweepstakes and promotions. She has played a crucial role on several committees at the International Trademark Association (INTA), and, being wholly attuned to business realities, she can always be relied on to see the wood for the trees.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

“Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is one of the top names in trademarks. When a big company is searching for IP counsel, they make it onto the shortlist – every time. There are loads of excellent lawyers there.” In North Carolina the most renowned of these is William Bryner. An enforcement magus, he knows how to weave the facts into a compelling narrative in touch-and-go cases, and regularly puts in memorable performances before both the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). When extra resources are needed, he and his team can look beyond the Tar Heel state to the firm’s wider trademark and copyright practice network – which comprises nearly 90 lawyers with specialist expertise across the board – to get to the nub of any issue. The sheer depth of technological knowledge in the Kilpatrick Townsend ranks continues to prove irresistible to social media rights holders.

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Knowing that what matters to clients is the realisation of their long-term commercial interests, Moore & Van Allen keeps these front and centre in all the work that it takes on. It looks into ways that brands can evolve and expand internationally and explores new monetisation opportunities all the time. As testament to the pragmatism and proactivity of the Moore & Van Allen professionals, patrons view them as an extension of their in-house team. The sharpshooting Arlene Hanks helms the trademarks outfit. She prosecutes with poise and is a transactional whizz; her effective negotiating style always gets signatures on the bottom line of lucrative contracts.

Tepper & Eyster PLLC

Tepper & Eyster has the blend of legal knowledge and business acumen necessary to get trademarks secured in record time. The pharmaceuticals sector has been a happy hunting ground for the set – it has a singular understanding of the regulatory environment. Shining stars Maury Tepper III and Kathryn Eyster have handled issues of all stripes. The “fantastic and very well known” Tepper III takes a bird’s-eye view before prosecuting with finesse. He has served as chair of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee to the US Patent and Trademark Office. Fellow name partner Eyster is another industrious member of the IP community working to shape policy and update the system. She is currently chairing the US Legislation Subcommittee at INTA.

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Business law firm Womble Bond Dickinson has had a base in North Carolina since 1876, when it was established in Winston-Salem. In the last 141 years much has changed, but the dedication of its tireless trademark pros has not – they continue to tend to clients’ every need with alacrity. Because the firm is located in an affordable area – rather than in downtown Atlanta or anywhere in New York – there are minimal administrative overheads; and therefore, costs can be effectively contained. A sophisticated online infrastructure also means that its lawyers can work remotely, supporting brand owners attentively wherever they are based. Also au fait with all issues that can arise during a trademark’s lifecycle, the worldly wise Randel Springer has what it takes to manoeuvre around even the most insurmountable obstacles. John Morrow commands the firm’s IP litigation practice, having sat as first chair in state and federal courts across the country, from New York to Tennessee. His client roster includes an assortment of household names; with Morrow holding the reins on their mandates, clients are in mighty safe hands.

Other recommended experts

Arthur DeBaugh at Bell Davis & Pitt “always impresses with his ability to think outside the box”. He is a trademark ace with ancillary expertise in advertising and marketing. Ward and Smith’s IP practice is led by Angela Doughty. She is a versatile lawyer who straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide with consummate ease, while also enjoying an impressive project management record. Matthew Ladenheim of Trego, Hines & Ladenheim is a battle-hardened litigator who serves as chair of the trademark section of the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialisation. Founding partner of SNEED PLLC, Jason Sneed has handled scores of cases before the TTAB and appeared in federal courts in over 20 states. It is hard to imagine a situation that could faze him.


  • Maury M Tepper III - Tepper & Eyster PLLC
  • Julia C Archer - Enns & Archer LLP
  • Martha Gayle Barber - Alston & Bird LLP
  • William Bryner - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Rodrick J Enns - Enns & Archer LLP
  • Kathryn M Eyster - Tepper & Eyster PLLC
  • Arlene D Hanks - Moore & Van Allen PLLC
  • Larry C Jones - Alston & Bird LLP
  • John F Morrow Jr - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Randel S Springer - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Arthur J DeBaugh - Bell Davis & Pitt PA
  • Angela Doughty - Ward and Smith PA
  • Matthew J Ladenheim - Trego, Hines & Ladenheim PLLC
  • Jason Sneed - SNEED PLLC