United States: North Carolina


  • 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 is geared up to meet the total trademark needs of global brands. Acting for a host of lionised names, the trademark and copyright group whips portfolios into shape and puts gnarly disputes to bed with sophisticated and commercially oriented strategies. The team is no stranger to complex international matters and has many global thinkers in its ranks, not to mention an outstanding network of like-minded, quality-focused foreign associates. Clients get unwavering support from Larry Jones and Michele Glessner in the Charlotte office. Jones has decades of experience managing tough adversarial matters, while Glessner demonstrates exceptional deftness as a portfolio manager and counsellor; they work well together to give clients such as the TJX Companies, a Fortune 100 member, an excellent wraparound service.

Enns & Archer LLP

If you want partner attention on issues of strategic importance – and you do not want to pay an arm and a leg – Enns & Archer fits the bill perfectly. The two-partner setup understands its patrons’ broader business goals and creatively designs blueprints for their realisation, while leveraging litigation experience to minimise risk. It has been steady sailing for dependable duo Rodrick Enns and Julia Archer over the past 12 months. Enns is a vastly experienced IP litigator with a well-rounded knowledge of antitrust law and trade regulation. Archer has abundant contentious experience too, but now mainly focuses on counselling and clearance work; she is also an advertising, sweepstakes and promotions connoisseur. Both have been at the heart of the global trademark discussion through their work with INTA; Enns has sat on the organisation’s board while Archer has chaired various important committees and sub-committees.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend runs one of the most refined and multifaceted trademarks practices in the United States and is a vital buttress for many of the world’s top brands, technology enterprises and social media companies. Its team of 100 lawyers are stationed at outposts throughout the country, but no office is thin on the ground when it comes to trademark expertise. Sources enthuse that “the firm has excellent people in North Carolina” and William Bryner is among them. The trademark, unfair competition, advertising and copyright litigator has “an extremely good analytical mind and understands the nuances of trademark law and litigation procedure”. “He has an excellent ability to parse out the issues and identify what is key, enabling him to do a very effective job for his clients.”

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

A powerhouse of the Southeast, Moore & Van Allen has 300 legal professionals producing top-notch work for clients while making a huge contribution to the wider legal, business and civic community. On the IP front, the firm consistently hits home runs, serving up thorough search and clearance advice, thoughtful brand protection action plans and knife-like enforcement strategies. On the frontlines are Arlene Hanks and Mark Wilson, both of whom receive enthusiastic recommendations from clients. “Arlene manages portfolios efficiently and effectively, giving clients plenty of lead time to do the diligence work they handle in-house. At the same time as being extremely thorough, she is also very pragmatic.” “As a litigator, Mark is practical, strategic, accessible and reasonably priced. He has exceptional listening skills and knows what it takes to win complicated trademark cases. Mark is definitely a leading practitioner.”

Tepper & Eyster PLLC

Although it stops short at the steps of the courthouse, Tepper & Eyster does brilliant work on any trademark task thrown at it. The firm’s get-to-know-you culture and concomitant business-oriented approach has engendered significant client loyalty. This is particularly apparent in the pharmaceutical sector, major players within which consider Maury Tepper III and Kathryn Eyster to be leading authorities. Having previously served as director and trademark counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, Tepper has walked a mile in his clients’ shoes. The pearls of marketing, licensing and dispute resolution wisdom he can provide add incredible value to his work on the prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of marks. Eyster’s strategic advice concerning the legal and regulatory issues relating to pharmaceutical trademarks is also like gold dust. Active within INTA and the North Carolina Bar Association and someone who regularly takes to the podium as a speaker on legal and commercial issues, she is highly respected far and wide.

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

It is all systems go at transatlantic full-service outfit Womble Bond Dickinson; in October 2017, the firm gained a foothold in the Northeast by opening a life sciences-focused Boston office; then, in January 2018 it added significantly to its IP practice by acquiring respected California boutique Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman. These moves, among other developments, have given the firm great momentum, which folks like Winston-Salem partners Randel Springer and John Morrow are harnessing to make major gains in the trademark practice. Springer, who has lived and breathed trademarks and brands throughout his entire career, is a discerning choice for those seeking a soup-to-nuts trademark practice. He particularly demonstrates rare mastery when it comes to the management of large and valuable trademark portfolios. An exceptional litigator who really gets just what his clients need, Morrow is the person to call when things get spicy. Super smart when it comes to budgets and efficiency and flexible with alternative fee arrangements, these guys give brand owners immense bang for their buck.

Other recommended experts

Ward and Smith’s Angela Doughty supports the business development of her clients in many ways; her IP practice encompasses all facets of the protection, maintenance, enforcement and monetisation of brands and she is also an authority on privacy and data security. Her Legal Lean Sigma certifications demonstrate her dedication to maximising process efficiency and to project management excellence. North Carolina State Bar board-certified trademark specialist Matthew Ladenheim is “a highly skilled dispute resolution expert and litigator”. Specialist IP shop Trego, Hines & Ladenheim is his base. “One of the best in North Carolina,” Jason Sneed is an enormously experienced TTAB practitioner and federal court litigator. Through his speaking, writing and IP association committee engagements, he has become a thought leader on the business of brands. He runs his own eponymous firm.


  • Maury M Tepper III - Tepper & Eyster PLLC
  • Julia C Archer - Enns & Archer 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
  • Randel S Springer - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Angela Doughty - Ward and Smith PA
  • Michele M Glessner - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Matthew J Ladenheim - Trego, Hines & Ladenheim PLLC
  • John F Morrow Jr - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Jason Sneed - SNEED PLLC
  • Mark Wilson - Moore & Van Allen PLLC