United States: Washington


  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP 
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Foster Garvey
  • Lane Powell PC

Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC

Bringing coherence to global trademark portfolios is a task at which Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness excels. “It gives practical advice to in-house counsel and business units and undertakes comprehensive, cost-effective work on clearance and prosecution.” Coming in with particularly high marks is Melissa Nowak, who manages thousands of trademarks and active copyright matters for Nintendo of America and other prestigious rights holders. “Melissa is incredibly responsive and leverages her deep knowledge and broad experience to obtain the best possible protections. Her advice on IP strategy is always enlightening and she plays a vital role for her clients.” Also held in high regard is veteran Jerald Nagae who, together with Nowak, oversees procurement, enforcement and commercialisation work for multinational industrial manufacturer JBT corporation. “Jerry is brilliant when it comes to more complex work such as dealing with third-party infringers. He is extremely sensitive to cost concerns but always provides meaningful advice. Jerry is an A-plus attorney who can be relied on heavily.” Leading the team is Everett Fruehling, a lawyer with a high emotional IQ; he is superb in oppositions and other disputes and has an uncanny knack for predicting what the opposing side will do.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine has “an excellent and mature trademark team full of wonderful people”. “The firm has mastered the art of servicing large portfolios for a fraction of the cost of other providers while still doing high-quality work.” Cindy Caditz has “a wealth of experience representing huge companies from all over the world” in the areas of trademark search, clearance, prosecution, oppositions and licensing. “She is aggressive in disputes, knows the rules back to front and isn’t afraid to stick her neck out for clients.” She is also known as “an outstanding mentor and teacher”. Forming an exceptional duo with Matthew Moersfelder, the two act for Alaska Airlines on trademark procurement, maintenance and enforcement; Fortune 500 chemical distribution company Univar on rights protection, monetisation and enforcement; and major sports and outdoor gear retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. Moersfelder is more than just a trademark attorney – he is also a business-minded brand strategist who has cracked the code of IP value. “Matthew is balanced and level-headed and has a refreshing sense of humour. He provides advice that is clear and easy to implement and is always mindful – and respectful – of budgetary constraints.” Look to Stuart Dunwoody for a seasoned patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret enforcer. His record of success encompasses patrons such as Full Sail Brewing Company – the first commercially successful craft brewery in the Pacific Northwest – on whose behalf he has won numerous TTAB proceedings.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

All-seeing, well-rounded trademark and brands counselling is what you get from Dorsey & Whitney; its sturdy national team is a beacon of light for hot brands on trademark selection, clearance, registration, management and enforcement, as well as areas such as advertising and social media. One of the top trial lawyers in the practice is Seattle-based Michael Keyes, a veteran of many trademark, copyright and false advertising high-value litigation campaigns. Lately, Keyes has been representing J Barbour & Sons in a widely-covered dispute with Levi Strauss over small signature tabs sewn into Barbour’s clothing seams, which have been used in the United States for nearly 20 years.

Foster Garvey

Foster Garvey – a result of the 2019 combination of Foster Pepper and Garvey Schubert Barer – is a new name in the WTR 1000 this year. A Pacific Northwest player with additional offices in DC, New York and Beijing, it is well placed to manage IP rights regionally, nationally and internationally. IP principal Claire Hawkins garnered a lot of positive attention during the most recent round of research. “She has significantly grown her firm’s trademark practice and is an excellent counsellor who shepherds the growth of smaller and mid-sized companies.” “Claire is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and kind and manages her team in a polished and pleasant way.”

Lane Powell PC

By tailoring its IP protection advice and strategies with client-relevant industry trends in mind, Lane Powell provides a made-to-measure and commercially attuned trademark service. For those in the life sciences industry, Frances Jagla is a must-have contact. She is excellent in the deal space and has successfully overseen many IP-rich acquisition, spin-off and divestiture transactions – she also inspires confidence as a clearance, prosecution and enforcement counsellor. Exceptionally knowledgeable about the food business is Paul Swanson, a litigator and problem solver who provides an award-winning service.

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie recently merged its soft IP prosecution and litigation practices – a move that has given it a 50-strong US-China trademark, copyright, internet and advertising group, which can seamlessly cover the waterfront for household US and global brands. Perkins Coie also recently brought on Scott Palmer from Sheppard Mullin in Beijing, giving it an enhanced presence in China – a major asset which is already being leveraged to great effect by its US offices. To zoom in on Seattle is to focus on a superb trademark enforcement unit, which excels in the online realm; although infringers are increasingly sophisticated and nimble – and data privacy regulations are making it more difficult to find violators – Patchen Haggerty, William Cheever Rava et al have no difficulty keeping up thanks to constant vigilance and tech smarts. Hailed as a “savvy and creative attorney and go-to for all complex trademark and branding needs”, Haggerty “consistently delivers pointed and practical legal advice”. Rava is a dyed-in-the-wool litigator who is remarkably efficient at pursuing and shutting down perpetrators of unlawful internet activities. The firm also maintains a leading prosecution and portfolio management practice. Not just a top enforcer, group chair Haggerty is vital to the non-contentious side, working alongside James Vana, Grace Han Stanton and Lynne Graybeal. Immediate past group chair Vana is a former USPTO attorney with a deep understanding of the prosecution process and a talent for handling the largest portfolios. Stanton, another former practice leader, is building out a destination fashion and designer retail practice to accompany her excellent technology-focused practice. She is a calm and collected trademark lawyer who gives business-oriented and strategic advice that is detailed but easy to get to grips with. Taking charge of the entertainment and sports team, Graybeal makes full use of over three decades of experience. All her clients enjoy significant market shares – a testament to her expertise in building and maintaining strong and distinctive brands.

Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP 

Leading Seattle boutique Seed IP is singled out by market sources for its proficient patent and trademark practice: “It is great across the board and has wonderful attorneys with deep connections in and knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market.” Making the firm a national and international draw is Russell C Pangborn, whose expertise regarding internet policy and brand strategy is second to none. Pangborn has previously led trademark teams in-house at both Microsoft and Intel, so is familiar with optimal service. Marc C Levy is an artful persuader who has won many trademark, false advertising and unfair competition cases in trial settings and around the negotiation table. Kevin S Costanza motivates the patent and trademark practices as managing partner and as an authority on trademark law and mechanical engineering patents.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Front of mind for some of the world’s most innovative brands are Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s trademark lawyers, who get to work on a range of enviable matters; engaged in all aspects of trademark support and extending beyond into marketing and advertising law, they are forward thinkers who know how to protect brands that are altering entire marketplaces. Seattle-based Aaron Hendelman is a repository of trust for leaders in areas such as cloud software, ride-sharing and social media. He and his colleagues “deliver straightforward, practical and sound advice at an acceptable cost”. “A gentleman and a pleasure to work with, Aaron focuses on what is important and gets right down to business.”

Other recommended experts

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Robert Cumbow is “a leading member of the trademark bar in Seattle and an experienced lawyer who does a terrific job of everything he touches”. He demonstrates impressive range as an excellent counsellor and litigator. In prosecution, K&L Gates partner Pam Jacobson takes a disciplined approach in which strict protocols are implemented, thereby creating headspace to figure out more complex problems when they arise; in litigation, she crunches data and numbers to help guide strategy. Shannon Jost and Leslie Vander Griend are anchors of the trademark practice at Stokes Lawrence; both are highly adept in IP litigation and transactions. A recent addition to Cozen O’Connor’s trademark group, Lorraine Linford debuts in the WTR 1000 this year. “She takes a hands-on approach to global trademark disputes and applies strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills in complex cross-border cases.” Having chalked up over 35 years in IP practice, Mark Nielsen is a worldly wise guide when it comes to trademark protection and strategy. He operates as a sole practitioner.


  • Cindy L Caditz - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Robert C Cumbow - Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
  • Stuart R Dunwoody - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Lynne E Graybeal - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Patchen M Haggerty - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Frances M Jagla - Lane Powell PC
  • Russell C Pangborn - Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP 
  • Grace Han Stanton - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Kevin S Costanza - Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP 
  • Everett E Fruehling - Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
  • Claire Hawkins - Foster Garvey
  • Aaron Hendelman - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Pam Jacobson - K&L Gates
  • Shannon M Jost - Stokes Lawrence PS
  • J Michael Keyes - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Marc C Levy - Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP 
  • Lorraine Linford - Cozen O’Connor
  • Matthew Moersfelder - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Jerald E Nagae - Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
  • Mark Nielsen - Law Office of Mark J Nielsen
  • Melissa A Nowak - Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
  • William Cheever Rava - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Paul D Swanson - Lane Powell PC
  • James L Vana - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Leslie C Vander Griend - Stokes Lawrence PS