Most Highly Regarded Firms: Trademarks 2011

In this section we anlayse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.

Most highly regarded individuals
Daniel Bereskin QC Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto
John Hackett AJ Park, Auckland
Cynthia Rowden Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto
Ella Cheong Ella Cheong (Hong Kong & Beijing), Hong Kong
Shlomo Cohen Dr Shlomo Cohen & Co, Tel Aviv
Miles Alexander Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Atlanta
Miguel O’Farrell Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
Thomas McCarthy Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco
David Bernstein Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
Charles Gielen NautaDutilh NV, Amsterdam



Bird & Bird LLP is internationally recognised as a leading IP firm and features the highest number of lawyers in our research. Twelve practitioners from Europe and Asia are listed in this edition and the London office is the firm’s stronghold with five. The “outstanding” Morag Macdonald is joint head of the international intellectual property group. Described as “top tier” for passing off, trademark and copyright matters, Peter Brownlow has been hailed as a “real talent”; co-chair of the International Bar Association’s intellectual property and entertainment law committee, his clients include Yahoo and Receiving global praise is the “exceptional” Trevor Cook, whose “knowledge and attention to detail is second to none”, and joint head of the intellectual property department in London Katharine Stephens has been commended for her expertise in trademarks and design actions. With a focus on cross-border cases, Jane Mutimear is also highly regarded by peers. Chairman of the firm’s offices in Germany and founder of the German intellectual property group, the “formidable and highly respected” Wolfgang von Meibom received significant praise, while one of the most highly nominated practitioners in France, Isabelle Leroux, is singled out for her depth of knowledge and experience. In Asia, the firm makes its mark with the inclusion of Alban Kang in Singapore as well as managing partner of the firm’s China offices Matthew Laight.

Baker & McKenzie has an impressive international line up, with 10 lawyers listed from nine jurisdictions – an indication of the firm’s global presence. Once again, the “exceptional” Eugene Arievich, head of the firm’s CIS intellectual property practice group, is the most highly rated Russian lawyer in our research. Paul Rawlinson, the “highly regarded” former head of the firm’s global intellectual property group, has extensive experience in cases regarding trademarks, trade secrets, passing off, copyright and design issues; Rawlinson is joined in the London office by UK and European trademark attorney Stephen Jones, lauded for his “technical expertise”. Specialising in infringement and anti-counterfeiting matters, Say Sujintaya co-leads the firm’s intellectual property practice group in Thailand. Also in Asia, Loke-Khoon Tan has been praised for his work and is head of the firm’s practice in Hong Kong and China.

Seven lawyers feature from Hogan Lovells LLP. Highly regarded by peers, Verena von Bomhard “has to be included on this list”. The most nominated lawyer in Spain, she is the founder of the Alicante office and is noted for her expertise in managing large portfolios. Also in Spain is experienced Madrid-based IP litigator Burkhart Goebel, who leads the intellectual property, media and technology practice. London-based David Latham has been referred to as “a very knowledgeable practitioner with extensive experience in IP-related matters”, who regularly advises North American clients on English and European Union issues. Based in the firm’s Hong Kong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh offices, Henry Wheare has practised IP law for over 30 years, and is head of the Asia intellectual property practice.


Eleven lawyers feature from Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC; once again it is the firm with the highest number of inclusions in the US, and all its featured persons hail from the firm’s New York office. The “brilliant” Ronald Lehrman is universally praised for his “truly global approach and insight” and has negotiated the resolution of a wide range of international trademark disputes. Susan Upton Douglass “is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to trademark and copyright law”, while Janet Hoffman has specialist knowledge of IP matters in countries of the former USSR. Roger Zissu is commended as an “expert litigator”, and “excellent lawyer” Michael Davis focuses on disputes of an international nature. Referred to as a “strategic thinker”, Nadine Jacobson concentrates on areas including the pharmaceutical, restaurant and hotel, cosmetics, entertainment and financial services industries.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP expands its listing to an impressive eight partners hailing from the firm’s Atlanta and New York offices. Described by peers as “legendary”, Miles Alexander has been singled out for his depth of expertise and experience and stands as the most highly nominated US lawyer in our research. Also accompanying Alexander in the Atlanta office is the “highly regarded” Virginia Wood, while New York-based Jerre Swann is referred to by peers as “one of the smartest trademark lawyers around”.

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP performs well in California with five lawyers selected, including the “outstanding” Susan Natland, commended for her “excellence” and “incredible knowledge”, and Lynda Zadra-Symes, noted as a litigation specialist.

Also in California, Thomas McCarthy at Morrison & Foerster LLP is the highest nominated California lawyer in this year’s research and is regarded as “an authority on all things trademark-related”. Another top name in this state is Sally Abel at Fenwick & West LLP, who has been noted as “a leader in the field”.

Two lawyers feature from the New York Office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; David Bernstein is a much respected name who has litigated a broad range of high-profile intellectual property matters including dilution, false advertising and Internet and domain name law, while the “excellent” Bruce Keller supervises the firm’s IP litigation group.

In Canada, “trademarks guru” Daniel Bereskin QC and the “exceptional” Cynthia Rowden at Bereskin & Parr LLP are among the most highly nominated trademark lawyers in our overall research, both widely credited for their expertise as leaders in their field. A leading global figure in intellectual property matters, Bereskin is the most highly nominated practitioner in our research, and Rowden, as head of the firm’s trademark practice group, focuses on managing the trademark portfolios of large Canadian companies, as well as the Canadian portfolios of international companies. Also receiving recognition is the “fantastic” Sheldon Burshtein from Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP. With five lawyers listed, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP features the highest number of Canadian practitioners, where the much-respected Paul Blanchard stands out for his expertise.


In Argentina, Marval O’Farrell & Mairal sees two of its lawyers listed; Miguel O’Farrell received praise from peers for his “first-rate work” while Iris Quadrio has also impressed interviewees.

The “top-tier” Peter Dirk Siemsen and “brilliant” Peter Eduardo Siemsen are two of Brazil’s leading names. Repeatedly named in our research, they are two of four names that feature from Dannemann Siemsen Bigler & Ipanema Moreira.


In England, Bristows sees two inclusions in Sally Field and Paul Walsh. Field is credited for her experience spanning 30 years and Walsh heads the brands practice. Having recently moved to regional firm Boyes Turner, Isabel Davies is also a highly regarded practitioner. With a client base that spans technology, media and telecoms, consumer products, life sciences and the hotels and leisure sectors, she is seen as a “leading figure”.

“The go-to person in Israel for IP matters”, Shlomo Cohen retains his position as the most highly nominated Israeli trademark lawyer in our research.

One of three lawyers listed at NautaDutilh, Charles Gielen is regarded as “the foremost trademarks lawyer in the Netherlands”. He is a member of the standing advisory committee to the Dutch government on trademark and design law.


John Hackett of AJ Park is the leading New Zealand-based trademark lawyer in our research, as well as being one of the most highly nominated practitioners overall. With a cross section of clients, including large multi-nationals, Hackett has been singled out as a “strategic thinker”. Founding partner of Ella Cheong (Hong Kong & Beijing), Ella Cheong stood out in our research as “one of the most distinguished trademark lawyers in Hong Kong”.

An impressive trio of Australian lawyers hails from Davies Collison Cave Law. Sydney-based Marion Heathcote has been praised for the “depth of her knowledge”, and she is joined by Trevor Stevens, a specialist in contesting trademark opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. Completing the group from the firm’s Melbourne office is Christine Lowe.

Timothy Golder leads the voting from the Melbourne office of Allens Arthur Robinson, with clients that include Christian Dior, Kraft Foods and the Ford Motor Company. He is joined by the “excellent” Jim Dwyer, a “big-picture strategist”, and Philip Kerr from the Sydney office; also featured is Hong Kong-based Ted Marr.

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