30 August 2023

USA: National Trademarks Rankings

WIPR Insights presents its inaugural rankings of the leading USA trademark firms and lawyers. Trademarks are increasingly recognised as an under appreciated asset in assessing company value. A recent US study indicated the number of trademarks a company registers in a year can be a predictor of the company’s profitability and stock value the following year. WIPR Insights’ USA trademarks rankings presents the firms and lawyers global brands rely on to protect and to maximise the value of these vital assets in the United States, and beyond.

In the absence of a global trademarks filing system, with the strength and significance of its economy, the United States remains a key, if not the key jurisdiction, for global brands to protect the commercial value of their trademarks. Moreover, the “first to use” trademark system in the US grants common law rights to businesses, protected by a robust court system. In addition, registering a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office provides additional legal benefits and protections, with an official notice and presumption of validity of the trademark owners’ claim.

WIPR Insights’ US Trademarks research including market analysis, reviews of submissions interviews with, and partner interviews with firms coast to coast in gleaming skyscrapers on Wall Street, Chicago, Los Angeles, DC, Dallas, Seattle and points in between. We also spoke to clients independently sourced, and as referees provided by the firms, and to international lawyers with a mutual interplay between our research on the China Trademarks rankings.

The results detail law firms and lawyers at the forefront of their practice, managing the impact of technological innovation on trademarks practice, navigating the challenges of domestic and international protection, and the ever demanding contest of representing clients in the robust arena of the court room.


Non-Contentious - Litigation

Outstanding

Individual

Emilia Cannella, Ropes & Gray
Mark Jansen, Fenwick & West
Anthony Malutta, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Allison Strickland Ricketts, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu


Highly Recommended

Individual

Michael Adams, Mayer Brown
Joel Feldman, Greenberg Traurig
Glenn Gundersen, Dechert
Eleanor Lackman, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Heather McDonald, BakerHostetler
Karen Webb, Fenwick & West


Recommended

Individual

Alan Behr, Phillips Nizer
Stephen Baird, Greenberg Traurig
Jeff Becker, Haynes and Boone
Jennifer Debrow, Taft Stettinus & Hollister
Jenifer deWolf Paine, Fish & Richardson
Lauren Emerson, Leason Ellis
Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme, Pryor Cashman
Susan Heller, Greenberg Traurig
Charles LaPolla, Phillips Nizer
Julia Matheson, Potomac Law Group
Susan Natland, Knobbe Martens
Martin Schwimmer, Leason Ellis
Monica Talley, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Marc Trachtenberg, Greenberg Traurig
Jeff Van Hoosear, Knobbe Martens
Nancy Wolff, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard


Notable

Contentious - Litigation

Outstanding

Individual

David Bernstein, Debevoise & Plimpton
Dale Cendali, Kirkland & Ellis


Highly Recommended

Individual

Megan Bannigan, Debevoise & Plimpton
Felicia Boyd, Norton Rose Fulbright
William Brewster, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Margret Caruso, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Theodore Davis Jr, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Anthony Dreyer, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Howard Hogan, Gibson Dunn
David Kelly, Kelly IP
Tim Kenny, Norton Rose Fulbright
Anna Kurian Shaw, Hogan Lovells
Floyd Mandell, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Kathleen McCarthy, King & Spalding
Steven Nataupsky, Knobbe Martens
Mark Puzella, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Robert Weisbein, Foley & Lardner


Recommended

Individual

Peter Brody, Ropes & Gray
Thad Chaloemtiarana, Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson
Gina Durham, DLA Piper
Catherine Farrelly, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme, Pryor Cashman
Justin Gaudio, Greer, Burns & Crain
Richard Lehv, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu
Paul Llewellyn, Arnold & Porter
Kevin McPherson, Lee & Hayes
Douglas Miro, Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein
Claudia Ray, Kirkland & Ellis
Howard Shire, Troutman Pepper
Ken Wilton, Seyfarth Shaw


Notable