Alston & Bird LLP

WTR Research

The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Silver - Firms

Major brand owners speak of Alston & Bird’s trademark lawyers as integral members of their own teams, which attests to their utility, quality of service and relationship focus. One source comments: “The team assists us in managing our large worldwide portfolio and does a terrific job coordinating local counsel in terms of giving instructions, receiving and contextualising advice, and seeing to the payment of local invoices – and we do business in over 100 countries. I highly recommend the firm not only for its outstanding expertise in trademark matters, but also for its ability to strategise on a global level.” The key contact for this client is David Stewart, an elite counsellor and litigator who protects many well-recognised brands to the hilt; one high-profile patron is Chick-fil-A, for which he advises on international trademark protection and conducts extensive enforcement. Working alongside him on this – and in support of NASCAR, Hilton and other prestigious names – is Nadya Sand, who is warmly recommended as a “proactive and responsive lawyer” and a “super-creative problem solver”. She lights up any room she walks into and makes things enjoyable and fun, energising those she works with both within and outside her firm; she also never fails to impress with her immediate recall of trademark regulations and laws in any number of countries. Jason Rosenberg is another lawyer who elevates the firm in the minds of top-dollar brands; he brings strong leadership, having recently assumed the position of trademark and copyright practice chair. His valuable intangible qualities include an inquisitive mind and outstanding communication skills. In his capacity as a litigator, he’s scored some major wins recently – including a significant First Amendment victory for National Geographic in which the District of Colorado dismissed, with prejudice, a suit by plaintiff Marty Stouffer, who claimed infringement of his trademark WILD AMERICA by several National Geographic programme titles.

Gold - Firms

In its element coordinating complex international trademark matters, Alston & Bird has carefully cultivated its foreign network and excels at getting the best out of local counsel. Making light work of expansive prosecution and enforcement briefs while demonstrating cutting-edge expertise on social media and internet issues, brand licensing and much more, the firm supports clients in many meaningful ways. Its sizeable contingent of sophisticated trademark and copyright practitioners is superbly led by Atlanta-based Jason Rosenberg. In nearby North Carolina, the standout is Larry Jones, a naturally talented advocate who litigates with poise. He enforces the rights of Vineyard Vines internationally and has recently managed several counterfeiting cases in Caribbean territories.

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