United States: Pennsylvania


  • Recommended
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Caesar Rivise PC
  • Cozen O’Connor
  • Dechert LLP
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
  • Flaster Greenberg
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • K & G Law LLC
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP

A formidable force in the United States for brand protection, Baker & Hostetler garners particular acclaim in Philadelphia, where “it is one of the few firms regularly seen in trademark litigation and a really strong competitor”. Backed by “a solid group of branding attorneys”, Nancy Frandsen is the star of the show here. “A truly gifted practitioner”, she is “a leader in the field and a mentor who does a lot to train the younger generation of IP lawyers”. “She possesses an expansive knowledge base, but doesn’t just throw everything she knows in the hope that something sticks – she cuts to the chase and precisely deals with the key issues. Frandsen is also highly personable and just all-round excellent.” “Her robust practice is primarily focused on contentious matters and she is a brilliant litigator who earns immense respect.”

Ballard Spahr LLP

Of Ballard Spahr’s 14 offices across the country, three are especially noted for their trademark offerings: the Atlanta, Phoenix and Philadelphia units. Here in the Keystone state, the firm possesses “a vigorous branding practice and a strong reputation. Its practitioners get out there in the community and make themselves known – they are certainly a go-to firm locally if you have a conflict of interest”. The past head of the soft IP group, Lynn Rzonca continues to drive the outfit’s successes as the new leader of the IP litigation team. Able to deftly adjust her practice to the needs of both small and large enterprises, she is a creative enforcer of rights with a special penchant for anything related to the energy and the fashion and apparel industries. Jamie Bischoff, whose branding expertise has been continually polished over almost 35 years in the trade, has seen and done it all. Recently, she has been kept busy stewarding the global trademark and domain name portfolio of Spark Therapeutics, a worldwide pioneer in gene therapy.

Blank Rome LLP

Over the last year Blank Rome has been developing its strength in depth, with a significant number of new additions to its rank of IP lawyers. The trademark ensemble straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide with poise, as does co-practice group leader Timothy Pecsenye. His incisive counselling is matched by a knack for tackling thorny contentious mandates; both came in handy recently when he oversaw the major rebranding efforts of an international organisation. David Perry is another leading light here; the bulk of his time is spent on devising watertight applications and offering shrewd advice. He is “insanely smart and able to instantly adapt to new industry sectors”. Completing the set is Matthew Homyk, who likewise maintains a firm grasp of prosecution matters. He also provides vital support to Pecsenye on the enforcement front.

Caesar Rivise PC

Leveraging a wealth of experience in the field, Caesar Rivise has established itself as a staple of the trademark market in Pennsylvania. Each of its partners draws on a deep reservoir of knowledge and the team as a whole performs exceptionally in both prosecution and litigation. Manny Pokotilow headlines the set; “having dealt with many leading cases over the years, he is an elder statesman here who runs a vigorous practice and is still very active. He’s smart, fair and understands both legal rules and business realities.” Stanley Cohen and Eric Marzluf are also well versed in the nuances of the law and are especially accomplished at drafting flawless trademark applications. Cohen doubles as a shrewd enforcer of rights, while Marzluf is also talented at closing crucial IP deals before deadlines.

Cozen O’Connor

“Cozen O’Connor is definitely the main competitor for trademark work here”, according to one peer. “One of the largest filers locally”, there is little, if anything, that is beyond the ambit of its dynamic trademark department: it represents rights holders in virtually all industries and its services range from worldwide prosecution and cross-border enforcement to online takedowns and anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Equipped with a correspondingly broad practice, Camille Miller helms the Philadelphia post and also co-chairs the IP group. She enjoys the admiration and loyalty of myriad patrons on account of her business savvy and proactive approach.

Dechert LLP

Dechert houses a crew of sophisticated professionals who are among the foremost experts at trademark clearance; as a result, Dechert counts some of the world’s leading brand owners among its clients. The “incredibly bright and capable” Glenn Gundersen is the fulcrum around which the practice turns. Nationally renowned for his counselling nous – specifically on searches and clearance actions – he “is a reputable name and runs the practice very efficiently”. “He keeps up to date on the law” and ensures that Dechert “makes for a great one-stop shop”. As one commentator states: “Having gone up against Gundersen, I was so impressed with his experience and expertise that I subsequently hired him for his sterling advice.”

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC

Eckert Seamans is an imposing force on the Pennsylvanian trademark scene: it is “a prolific filer”, “a recurring name in branding disputes” and has an impressively deep bench of experienced attorneys. Directed by the “superb” Roberta Jacobs-Meadway, “the group has continued to pick up pace ever since she came on board”. One client avers: “She and her team provide comprehensive and accurate analyses of issues, both small and large, and quick turnaround times. Her practical and thorough advice comes with a full understanding of business needs and at excellent value.” Her peers are equally enamoured: “Jacobs-Meadway is as tough and as smart as any other trademark lawyer you could find in the country.” “Terrific in both prosecution and litigation”, “she melds her substantive knowledge with industry-specific know-how”. David Radack co-chairs the group with her; his soup-to-nuts practice gives him a panoramic perspective on IP issues. An expert on the confluence of trademark law and the Internet, Richard Peirce specialises in designing airtight strategies for brand owners looking to secure and expand their position in the online market.

Flaster Greenberg

The unequivocal advice from Flaster Greenberg’s branding team is always pertinent and delivered punctually. Its responsive lawyers offer a complete IP law service, but are especially knowledgeable with regards to international filing systems, which makes cross-border registrations a cinch. It also makes for a compelling choice when it comes to developing brands in cyberspace, largely thanks to the presence of Alexis Arena. She is a dab hand in e-commerce and online issues, and can resolve even the most intractable domain name spats with ease. The “highly skilled” Jordan LaVine spearheads the group as a whole. “He knows how to deal with brand owners and achieve the best results for them. He understands that it’s not all about being right, but what is practical and economically viable for his client.”

Fox Rothschild LLP

“Fox Rothschild is doing a significant amount of trademark work collectively across its many offices in the United States, and a number of firm acquisitions over the years have granted it further strength.” Its Philadelphia outfit remains the main base of operations, with trademark chief Michael Leonard stationed here. One client enthuses: “He and his team do a fantastic job of addressing our needs quickly, and the direction they provide is always clear and precise.” “Leonard is absolutely fantastic – with his excellent risk assessments, he can break down a problem to its minutiae and help you understand the odds of success. He’s very thorough and also a pleasure to work with.” Leonard has secured a number of successes of late for Naked Brand Group, including the acquisition of the NAKED COMFORT mark. Christopher Olszyk is another major player here; a hardworking and consummate professional, he dispenses sage advice that always takes cost concerns into consideration.

K & G Law LLC

Punching well above its weight, dexterous boutique K & G Law dishes out perspicacious advice to a diverse array of brand owners. The cost-conscious and commercially aware outfit can handle everything from the selection of a mark to its defence, with the ultimate aim to avoid conflicts. Founding partners Laura Genovese and Maureen Kassner run the show. Genovese is “an outstanding attorney with a strong aptitude for applying sound business judgment with her legal advice. She is highly effective in understanding international and US trademark issues and is extremely responsive”. Kassner also manages a plethora of matters for international clients. A versatile veteran of trademark law, she confects sharp strategies that tick all the boxes that brand owners need.

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Commercial law firm Pepper Hamilton performs adroitly in all IP matters; it takes responsibility for thousands of marks and devises timely, economical and positive solutions to problems. It principally focuses on ensuring that myriad portfolios are kept in tip-top shape, but its enforcement pedigree is never in doubt with the presence of Kelly Tillery and Paul Kennedy. Tillery is “a leading practitioner in the state, especially when it comes to anti-counterfeiting. He’s hardworking, knows his way around the courts and possesses a solid business sense – he knows what clients need and how to achieve their aims.” Kennedy knows the trademark office inside out and is a master of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) concerns. He also supervises the team which oversees Pepper Hamilton’s hefty portfolio work.

Other recommended experts

Christiane Campbell of Duane Morris has a knack for securing and developing brand rights in the online realm. She has acquired enviable enforcement experience at both the TTAB and the federal courts. Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld’s Barry Cohen is the recipient of effusive praise: “He is an all-around fantastic litigator” and “wields so much knowledge in trademark law. He’s young, appropriately aggressive and smart; he’s certainly a first port of call for conflicts of interest”. Trademark, trade dress and design patent litigations are meat and drink to DLA Piper’s Darius Gambino. Although a sure touch in prosecution, he shines brightest when enforcing his clients’ IP rights, be that domestically or overseas. Nicole McLaughlin chairs the branding practice at Duane Morris. “She is down to earth and her advice will always be of high quality.” A new addition to the IP squad at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Alfred Zaher boasts in-depth patent and trademark know-how. He has carved a niche for himself in the management and protection of portfolios in China.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Barry L Cohen - Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
  • Nancy R Frandsen - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
  • Roberta Jacobs-Meadway - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
  • Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
  • Manny D Pokotilow - Caesar Rivise PC
  • M Kelly Tillery - Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Alexis Arena - Flaster Greenberg
  • Jamie B Bischoff - Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Darius Gambino - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
  • Paul J Kennedy - Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg
  • Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Eric S Marzluf - Caesar Rivise PC
  • Richard Peirce - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
  • David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Nancy R Frandsen - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
  • Glenn A Gundersen - Dechert LLP
  • Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
  • Christiane Campbell - Duane Morris LLP
  • Darius Gambino - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
  • Maureen C Kassner - K & G Law LLC
  • Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg
  • Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Eric S Marzluf - Caesar Rivise PC
  • Nicole McLaughlin - Duane Morris LLP
  • Camille M Miller - Cozen O’Connor
  • Christopher D Olszyk Jr - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP
  • Manny D Pokotilow - Caesar Rivise PC
  • David V Radack - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
  • Lynn E Rzonca - Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Alfred W Zaher - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC


  • Stanley H Cohen - Caesar Rivise PC