United States: Pennsylvania

Firms

  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Cozen O’Connor
  • Dechert LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Fox Rothschild LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP

BakerHostetler’s richly resourced IP team is a go-to for a host of well-known brands. It secures and maintains watertight trademark protection globally with great efficiency, dispensing clear-cut, direct advice designed to make the lives of in-house counsel easier. Nancy Frandsen has helped to make the firm “one of the best in Pennsylvania” when it comes to brands. This “seasoned and excellent attorney” manages portfolios with alacrity and puts her smooth negotiation skills and impressive powers of persuasion to good use in disputes. Recently teaming up with Cleveland-based Deborah Wilcox, a fellow WTR 1000 member, she successfully defended Diebold Nixdorf in a Philadelphia trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution case.

Ballard Spahr LLP

A superior trademark service at a sensitive price point is guaranteed when you enlist Ballard Spahr as IP counsel. The firm astutely leverages technology to streamline workflows and give clients greater visibility; while effective use of paralegals – many of whom have in-house experience – helps to keep costs down. This frees up practice leaders Lynn Rzonca and Hara Jacobs to focus on matters of strategic and commercial importance, including litigation – the focus of IP department chair Rzonca, a lawyer much appreciated for her creativity, tactical judgement and business acumen. Captaining the trademark and copyright group, Jacobs is a “consummate professional and top-notch lawyer who gives invaluable support on worldwide portfolio management, oppositions and litigation”.

Blank Rome LLP

Consistency is the watchword for Blank Rome’s all-star trademark line-up. After practising together for many years, its core team members have perfected a refined system of collaboration and established a deep collective understanding of clients’ brands – all of which makes for an efficient, high-quality service. Timothy Pecsenye and David Perry have both chalked up more than two decades at Blank Rome and bring strong leadership to the practice. Pecsenye’s litigation talents are a major asset to the group; as are Perry’s hybrid counselling, prosecution, portfolio management and contentious skills. Coming in for special praise, Perry is described by the market as a “level-headed, smart and creative lawyer who cuts to the chase”. Zachary Aria joined Blank Rome straight out of law school 15 years ago and, like Perry, plays a utility infielder role; he has made transactional IP work something of a specialty. Rising through the ranks over nearly 10 years with the firm, Matthew Homyk earned a well-deserved promotion to partner in January 2020. He has a facility for cutting-edge social media and internet issues and enforcement in counterfeiting hotspots such as China.

Cozen O’Connor

Running a highly specialised IP practice on a large platform, Cozen O’Connor has the confidence, depth and expertise to handle any trademark or brand-related matter going. The team takes a resolutely business-focused approach to resolving problems and is never afraid to take a position on important issues – a code of practice lived by Camille Miller, among others. “Clear, concise and commercial” describes the advice given by Miller, who serves as IP division co-chair. Patrons include Aramark, which she supports internationally on prosecution, enforcement and litigation; and OpenFit, whose global portfolio and related enforcement and anti-counterfeiting needs she handles. Working alongside her for these clients and many others is Trevor Cloak, a wicked-smart attorney with a gift for distilling the complexity out of trademark law to make things crystal clear for in-house counsel. He is incredibly responsive and always puts his clients first.

Dechert LLP

With experts stationed in the United States, Europe and Asia, Dechert’s international IP practice is certainly robust. The firm’s name is synonymous with no-stone-unturned global trademark searching and clearance – a specialty of Philadelphia-based Glenn Gundersen. The author of an authoritative treatise on the subject, Gunderson has cleared and protected some of the world’s most famous marks and does a brilliant job keeping clients out of trouble. Understanding how brands behave in the real world, he doesn’t just give academic legal analysis, but delivers practical strategies. Joining him in the WTR 1000 for the first time this year is Diane Siegel Danoff, who anchors the litigation side of the practice. She is currently representing Marriott International in a major antitrust suit revolving around keyword advertising.

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris’s talented IP attorneys handle a diverse workload of trademark selection, prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters for a colourful catalogue of international companies, from Fortune 500s to start-ups. As a result, they have cultivated an extremely well-rounded knowledge base and a deep strategic playbook. This is certainly true of popular trademark, copyright, entertainment and advertising group chair Nicole McLaughlin, who garners rave reviews for the wraparound support she provides to patrons: “Nicole is a trusted and reliable adviser with a practical, business-minded approach and a fine understanding of issues that arise in the context of global trademark protection.” “She is responsive, prompt and proactive; her fees are reasonable and she ensures billing procedures run smoothly.” Also recommended, brand manager and strategist Christiane Schuman Campbell is “very easy to speak to and gives direct, straightforward and honest advice”.

Fox Rothschild LLP

Fox Rothschild’s trademark specialists understand the commercial risk that poor brand selection, non-strategic prosecution and weak enforcement can pose, and take a proactive approach to securing all the right protections for brand owners wherever they do business. They partner closely with clients to familiarise themselves intimately with their products and services, and collaborate with a carefully selected network of foreign associates to cover all geographical bases. Vital contributions to the group’s success come from Michael Leonard and Christopher Olszyk, who anchor the practice in Philadelphia. Leonard has the perspicacity to navigate through uncharted trademark waters internationally and is a sage counsellor and resourceful practitioner. Olszyk prosecutes applications through to grant at the USPTO with precision and manages IP assets across many jurisdictions with alacrity.

Other recommended experts

A seasoned counsellor with over three decades of experience, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young IP chair Kevin Casey demonstrates impressive versatility as an IP lawyer and can advise on all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright protection and commercialisation. He is also known for his ability to resolve disputes outside the courtroom. Agile advocate Barry Cohen has sharpened his advocacy skills on a wide range of commercial litigations. The Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld partner showcases finely honed tactical instincts in trademark cases. Stanley D Ference III is adept at trademark prosecution, but has also proved himself to be a highly creative problem solver in enforcement scenarios. His self-titled firm is a go-to for companies with online infringement headaches, thanks to his talent for shutting down counterfeiters and recovering money for clients. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr scored itself someone who can cover a lot of ground when it recruited former DLA Piper lawyer Darius Gambino to its burgeoning IP group in June 2020: “When it comes to intellectual property, Darius is a jack – and master – of all trades.” Laura Genovese and Maureen Kassner oversee the operation of brands boutique K & G Law. Genovese provides on-point, business-aligned advice on global brand strategy; as does Kassner, whose commerciality stems from deep in-house experience. Flaster Greenberg’s head of trademarks, Jordan LaVine, protects prestigious brand owners in the media world, including The New York Times Company and Penske Media, which publishes Rolling Stone and Variety. He gives a highly attentive and responsive service and is a percipient critical thinker around strategies and solutions – his advice is never a copy-paste job. Kelly Tillery of Troutman Pepper is unique in Pennsylvania as an anti-counterfeiting specialist. In fact, he is one of the country’s most seasoned attorneys in this niche and has long been at the vanguard in the fight against fakes.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Nancy R Frandsen - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
  • Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
  • David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP
  • M Kelly Tillery - Troutman Pepper
  • Kevin R Casey - Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
  • Barry L Cohen - Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
  • Darius Gambino - Saul Ewing Arnstein
  • Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
  • Hara K Jacobs - Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg PC
  • Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Diane Siegel Danoff - Dechert LLP

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Nancy R Frandsen - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Glenn A Gundersen - Dechert LLP
  • Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
  • Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Nicole McLaughlin - Duane Morris LLP
  • Camille M Miller - Cozen O’Connor
  • Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
  • David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP
  • Zachary Aria - Blank Rome LLP
  • Christiane Schuman Campbell - Duane Morris LLP
  • Trevor Cloak - Cozen O’Connor
  • Stanley D Ference III - Ference & Associates 
  • Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
  • Maureen C Kassner - K & G Law LLC
  • Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg PC
  • Christopher D Olszyk Jr - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Lynn E Rzonca - Ballard Spahr LLP