In this edition, we recognise more than 1,200 trademark lawyers for their leading work representing some of the world’s largest brands and multinationals on a variety of complex trademark issues, including prosecution, dispute proceedings and portfolio management.
Who’s Who Legal does not list firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research. We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Richard Dissmann is a highly respected name in German trademarks, with peers readily endorsing his top-tier handling of contentious and strategic trademark issues.
Morag Macdonald enjoys considerable acclaim as a trademark specialist whose practice focuses on cross-border litigation and transactions.
Allan Poulter is highly sought after for his impressive skill with portfolio management, protection and enforcement matters.
Mark Holah stands out for his stand-out work on trademarks matters, with special expertise regarding brand protection.
Uwe Lüken gains widespread recommendations for his first-class IP practice which encompasses the full range of trademark matters including litigation.
Peter Brownlow draws praise from international sources who consider him a go-to for contentious and non-contentious trademark and copyright matters.
Katharine Stephens is widely recognised as an excellent practitioner with special expertise in trademark litigation proceedings.
Ella Mikkola is a well-regarded IP lawyer, whom respondents endorse for “providing high-quality and client-oriented advice”.
Carsten Menebröcker ranks highly among peers for his excellent work on cross-border trademark litigation and protection strategies.
Helen Newman is commended by peers for her leading IP expertise, and is well versed in advising high-profile brands on commercial and contentious issues.
Louise Gellman is described by market commentators as “an excellent lawyer in the space” who is sought after for her skill in protecting, exploiting and enforcing trademarks.
Guy Heath is a prominent name in the English IP market, and has maintained a top-tier trademarks practice for over 30 years.
Tom Scourfield is lauded by respondents as “a fantastic practitioner who is highly tactical and brings a pragmatic approach to matters”.
Gordian Hasselblatt enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market and is recognised as an established authority on international trademark issues.
Peers heap praise upon María González Gordon as an IP lawyer, in recognition of her outstanding work with domestic and international companies on contentious and commercial IP briefs.
Anna Carboni is recognised by respondents as “an impressive IP lawyer” who brings over 30 years of experience with contentious trademark proceedings.
Sara Ashby draws considerable recommendations for her sterling work with trademark litigation proceedings, in which she has 25 years of experience.
Carina Gommers is lauded by market commentators as “a very efficient and kind practitioner” as well as a “strong IP lawyer”.
Carl De Meyer is a distinguished name in the European IP space, and brings over 30 years of experience with the full spectrum of trademark issues.
Alexander von Mühlendahl is singled out by sources as a fantastic IP practitioner, who possesses “simply encyclopaedic knowledge of IP law”.
Claus Eckhartt impresses peers with his in- depth knowledge and skill with trademark prosecution and enforcement issues, as well as licensing and merchandising matters.
Henning Hartwig enjoys a strong reputation in the market and is sought after for his deep expertise in trademark prosecution and litigation proceedings.
Rebecca Delorey is known as an IP lawyer with “very high-profile clients” and is recognised as being “excellent to work with”.
Michael Fammler is renowned for his internationally recognised IP practice, which focuses on the management of trademark portfolios and negotiation of licence agreements.
Carles Prat is identified by sources as an authority on IP matters in the Spanish market, with nearly 40 years of experience in a range of trademark briefs.
Jessica Le Gros earns the respect of peers thanks to her top-tier work on global trademark infringement and advisory matters.
Sources heap praise on Roland Mallinson as “a very experienced lawyer” who “always comes across as a top practitioner in the space”.
Christopher Benson has comprehensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious trademark issues, licensing and protection issues.
Thomas Raab secures recognition as a highly regarded trademarks specialist, sought after for his excellence advising on trademark strategies, prosecution and licensing matters.
Mark Owen is commended for his top-notch IP practice which focuses on trademark protection and portfolio management.
Alexandra von Bismarck heads the trademark group in Germany and is recognised for her impressive work representing domestic and international companies on a range of issues.
Leighton Cassidy is an internationally respected IP lawyer, with over 20 years of experience of global trademark clearance, prosecution and defence matters.
Harriet Seymour is a prominent name among European IP lawyers, singled out as a go-to practitioner for trademark filing and protection issues.
Maximilian Kinkeldey secures recognition as “an excellent trademark practitioner and mediator in trademark conflicts, who provides sound and pragmatic solutions”.
Holger Gauss is identified by market commentators as an accomplished IP specialist, and is described as “an excellent litigator”.
Nicolás Schmitz is an accomplished trademark lawyer whose practice is geared towards trademark prosecution and disputes matters.
Anja Franke enjoys recognition among market commentators as a highly sought-after specialist for trademark prosecution and litigation proceedings.
Jeremy Blum is appreciated by sources for being “incredibly detail oriented and an amazing lawyer for all types of IP work”.
Paul Walsh is known for his adept handling of the full range of brand protection and enforcement strategies.
Paul Jordan comes recommended by sources as “a very skilled lawyer, who loves to think outside the box”, and is “proactive, professional and responsive”.
Markku Tuominen is “great with clients” and brings over 20 years of experience with IP prosecution and enforcement briefs.
Mikael Segercrantz “has a strong science background and understands the science in cases” and is praised as “a good lawyer to work with”.
Rainer Hilli is readily endorsed by market commentators, due to the 20 years of experience in IP disputes across the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and engineering sectors.
Tom Moody-Stuart QC is identified as an exceptional IP specialist, who focuses on trademark disputes and misuse of trade secret issues before the highest UK and EU courts.
Charlotte May QC is regarded as “a promising and valuable practitioner providing clear and commercial advice in the space”.
Daniel Alexander QC is among the best at the English bar for international IP disputes, and is particularly well versed in matters pertaining to the electronic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Other Leading Individuals
Constantin Kletzer at Geistwert Rechtsanwälte is praised by sources as “an extremely responsive lawyer who provides clear-cut, practical and strategic advice”.
Christian Schumacher of Schoenherr Attorneys At Law ranks highly among peers and is considered “a go-to trademark lawyer in the Austrian market”.
Paul Maeyaert at Fencer secures endorsements as an IP lawyer with “top-notch knowledge and experience in BX and EU trademark laws”.
Tanguy de Haan of NautaDutilh held in high esteem thanks to his first-rate practice focusing on cross-border trademark and design litigation.
Kasper Frahm with Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab is a leading name in the Danish market who ensures “swift handling of matters” and has “a great legal foundation and experience with IP matters”.
Løje, Arnesen & Meedom’s Susie Arnesen is known among peers as a highly skilled trademark lawyer who has over 30 years of experience in the IP space.
Claus Barrett Christiansen at Bech-Bruun is identified by peers as “one of the top competitors in Denmark” when it comes to significant trademark matters in the jurisdiction.
David Stone of Allen & Overy ranks in the top tier of trademark lawyers in Europe, with sources saying that he is “the UK - and probably European - expert in design law”.
Arty Rajendra of Osborne Clarke is “a very experienced and responsive” trademark practitioner who focuses on IP litigation before UK and EU courts.
David Rose with Mishcon de Reya is “highly recommended” by peers thanks to his extensive experience handling trademark matters before the highest courts in the UK and Europe.
Charles Russell Speechlys’ Mary Bagnall is singled out by peers who have “a lot of regard for her in the market”. She heads the firm’s IP group and is highly sought after for her expertise in representing international brands and SMEs.
Simon Malynicz QC at Three New Square is a leading name at the UK bar for trademark disputes and brings comprehensive experience with IP issues across the UK and Europe.
Åsa Krook at Waselius & Wist is identified by market commentators as “a lawyer who knows a great deal about trademarks” and is “great to work with”.
Sakari Salonen of Castrén & Snellman earns widespread recommendations and is described as “a strategic, business-minded and pragmatic lawyer”.
Petteri Häkkänen with Eversheds Sutherland secures recommendations thanks to his “pragmatic approach to matters”. He is regarded as “good at striking deals and generally getting the best outcome for his clients”.
Candé-Blanchard-Ducamp’s Patrice de Candé ranks among France’s foremost IP lawyers and brings over 30 years of IP experience to trademark briefs.
Catherine Mateu with Armengaud Guerlain Lagon is lauded as “a great trademark practitioner” who is “extremely intelligent and pragmatic”.
Andreas Lubberger with Lubberger Lehment is held in high regard by sources who describe him as “one of the top TM lawyers in Germany”.
Martin Viefhues of JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is a distinguished name among peers in the European IP market, sought after for his experience with trademark protection and defence before domestic and EU courts.
Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte’s Henning Harte-Bavendamm is admired by peers as “the gold standard” for trademark lawyers in the German market.
Axel Nordemann at Nordemann is a first-class name in Germany when it comes to IP portfolio management. He represents domestic and international clients in the pharmaceutical, software and cosmetics sectors.
Dietrich Blumenröhr at Lemcke Brommer & Partner is a “highly experienced professional” who is “great to work with, responsive and proactive”.
Alistair Payne of Acuatus is praised by market commentators as “a go-to in Ireland” and “a very good lawyer in the trademarks space”.
Patricia McGovern with DFMG Solicitors gains recognition for her sterling trademark practice, with peers describing her as “an excellent lawyer with a great reputation in the market”.
Beauchamps’ Maureen Daly is a distinguished trademarks lawyer who represents domestic and international brands in the technology, pharmaceutical and retail sectors.
Ronit Barzik-Soffer at Reinhold Cohn Group enjoys a reputation as the consummate trademark lawyer, with deep litigation, contractual and prosecution experience.
Neil Wilkof of Herzog Fox & Neeman is well known and endorsed among market commentators as an authority on the full spectrum of trademark issues.
Shlomo Cohen with Dr Shlomo Cohen & Co is recognised as “a senior statesman of the trademark space” in Israel, with over 40 years of experience with licensing, litigation and design issues.
Gilat, Bareket & Co’s Luiz Blanc comes highly recommended by sources, who are impressed by his “ability to problem solve and find new solutions while under a lot of pressure”.
Sanford Colb at Sanford T Colb & Co enjoys a top-tier reputation among peers in the region for his comprehensive IP and trademarks knowledge.
Fabrizio Jacobacci at Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati is an outstanding IP lawyer in the Italian market, with in-depth expertise in contentious and non-contentious trademark briefs.
Pier Luigi Roncaglia of Spheriens regularly handles strategic and litigious trademark matters and has experience of representing clients in IP proceedings before all Italian courts.
Gabriel Cuonzo with Trevisan & Cuonzo is a highly respected name in the IP market whose specialty lies in complex multi-jurisdictional litigations, to which he brings over 30 years of experience.
Brinkhof’s Gregor Vos is a formidable trademarks lawyer, with sources stating he is “an absolute expert” and is “at the top” in the Netherlands.
Tobias Cohen Jehoram at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is “still top of the bill” remark impressed sources who add he is a “renowned professor of trademark law”.
Huib Berendschot of AKD is “an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who seeks practical and commercial solutions for clients and is recommended to without hesitation”.
Felix Reimers with GjessingReimers comes highly recommended by market commentators as “a great lawyer at a great new firm in the Norwegian market”.
Protector IP’s Christoffer Vedal gains impressive recognition for his excellent work advising domestic and international companies on trademark clearance and applications.
Anna Gołębiowska at Gołębiowska Krawczyk Roszkowski & Partners is considered a “trademark rock star who is quick, precise and fun to work with”.
Ewa Tefelska-Skrzydło of Sotłysiński Kawecki Śzlęzak wins endorsements as “a very good trademark practitioner with in-depth expertise, and successful cases on her account”.
Colin Hulme with Burness Paull is described by sources as “a very good lawyer” for IP matters. He heads the contentious IP group, and has experience of disputes across the pharmaceutical, energy and technology sectors.
Von Seidels’ Simonne Moodie is a renowned lawyer, whom sources endorse for being “very client oriented, highly efficient in her delivery of service and always very responsive”.
Steven Yeates at Adams & Adams is recognised by sources as “a thorough and commercial lawyer” who “thinks around the edges” when representing clients.
Deon Bouwer of Bouwers Inc wins endorsements as “a very skilled lawyer who often handles matters where larger firms are conflicted”.
Verena von Bomhard with Bomhard IP ranks as a leading name in the Spanish IP market, as peers endorse her as “probably the best trademark lawyer in Spain”.
Noerr’s Michael Hawkins is lauded by market commentators as “an excellent lawyer to work with” who is “clear in communication and very efficient in delivering evidence”.
Ignacio Temiño Ceniceros at Abril Abogados is “an excellent IP attorney” whose practice encompasses the full range of contractual and litigious issues in the trademark space.
Henrik Wistam of Westerberg & Partners is an outstanding trademark lawyer, with market commentators stating he is “the king of trademarks in Sweden”.
Håkan Borgenhäll with Advokatfirman Vinge has a strong IP practice that focuses on trademark and patent disputes as well as commercial agreements.
Gregor Wild with Rentsch Partner is an esteemed IP practitioner endorsed for his leading work advising Swiss and international clients on trademark registration, portfolio and disputes.
Donald Schnyder at Wild Schnyder is recognised as a keystone of the Swiss IP market, and brings a wealth of trademark, licensing, contract and litigation expertise to his briefs.
Lenz & Staehelin’s Lara Dorigo enjoys a stellar reputation among peers for her top-tier practice, which spans trademark litigation in the technology and life sciences sectors.
Michael Noth of Times Attorneys comes highly recommended by peers as a standout IP lawyer whose practice spans the full range of trademark, copyright and patents issues.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Nadine Jacobson is regarded as “an expert at international trademarks” and has over 25 years of experience with global trademark matters.
Carlos Cucurella is a respected name in the US IP market and brings impressive experience with US and EU trademark issues to his work.
Lydia Temesgien Gobena is described by respondents as “a very smart lawyer” who represents major brands in their trademark disputes and protection matters.
David Donahue secures extensive recommendations for his IP practice, with sources readily endorsing him as “an excellent trademark litigator”.
Allison Strickland Ricketts is acknowledged by market commentators as “an expert at US trademark prosecution” and brings over 20 years of experience to her clients’ briefs.
Lawrence Eli Apolzon impresses market commentators in the region, who describe him as “an excellent lawyer for US trademark prosecution”.
Janet Hoffman gains recognition for her stellar work advising on the international protection and enforcement of trademarks.
Monique Couture is a go-to name in the Canadian IP market, with an enviable practice that focuses on trademark enforcement and prosecution matters.
Kelly Gill is an established IP litigator, with peers comprehensively endorsing his trademarks expertise and experience before Canada’s highest courts.
Shelagh Carnegie co-heads the firm’s global IP group and impresses market commentators with her trademarks practice, which spans the full range of prosecution issues.
Eric Macramalla is a highly commended IP litigator who brings significant skill and experience with global and domestic trademark litigation and prosecution.
Ronald Dimock wins praise for his work as an IP litigator and arbitrator throughout the region and brings unsurpassed experience in IP matters before Canada’s highest courts.
Daniel Bereskin QC is a leading name in the Canadian IP market and is recognised as “a senior statesman of the space”. He is sought after by major multinationals for his skill with trademark portfolios.
R Scott MacKendrick is a go-to IP lawyer with a top-notch practice that encompasses the full spectrum of trademark disputes.
Susan Keri is a standout IP lawyer and trademark agent in Canada, with over 30 years of experience with contentious and non-contentious trademark briefs.
Mark Robbins is “a knowledgeable and highly skilled litigator in the IP field” whose practice is geared towards trademark protection and enforcement matters.
Mark Evans has more than 30 years of experience representing globally renowned brands and individuals in a host of trademark issues.
Philip Lapin is highly regarded for his strong experience which spans more than 20 years in complex trademark prosecution, clearance and registration issues.
Christian Bolduc is singled out as a consummate trademark specialist with experience advising starts-ups and multinationals on the full range of trademark matters.
Gabriel Francisco Leonardos is described by respondents as “a good trademark professional, with strong knowledge of the field”.
Elisabeth Kasznar Fekete enjoys distinction among peers as “an excellent trademark lawyer” and provides clients with over 30 years of experience with trademark issues.
Other leading individuals
Iris Quadrio at Marval O’Farrell Mairal ranks as one of the foremost trademark lawyers in the Argentinian market, with standout experience and skill advising domestic and international companies on their trademark portfolios and opposition matters.
Gustavo Giay wins significant recommendations for his practice, which focuses on the litigation of trademark and copyright issues.
Fernando Noetinger of Noetinger & Armando is recognised as an authority on IP law and is well versed in trademark and patent disputes.
Antonella Carminatti with BMA enjoys a reputation as a leading light in IP matters in Brazil, with clients coming to her for her portfolio management, licensing and litigation expertise.
Claudia Christina Schulz is held in high esteem by sources who consider her “a great trademark professional, with strong knowledge”.
Bhering Advogados’ Philippe Bhering “carefully considers an approach that keeps core business in mind” according to sources who add: “His knowledge is vast, and he is very thorough.”
Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta at Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello is praised by market commentators as “a top trademark professional, with a good understanding of the field”.
DrapeauLex Inc’s Daniel Drapeau is “a very strong practitioner” in the Canadian IP space who has over 20 years of experience advising corporations and individuals on trademark issues.
Laurent Carrière at Robic is a distinguished name in Canada when it comes to trademark matters in the industrial, publishing and entertainment sectors.
Marijo Coates of Deeth Williams Wall comes recommended by peers as a lawyer who is “highly knowledgeable in trademark law and has a wealth of experience”.
Cavelier Abogados’ Jorge Chávarro is praised by market commentators as “a leader” in the IP space, who brings over 30 years of experience to his trademark briefs.
Alicia Lloreda at Lloreda Camacho & Co is described as “a great lawyer” by peers. Her practice encompasses civil and criminal trademark infractions and disputes.
María del Pilar López of Zurcher IP is a prominent figure in Costa Rica’s IP space, who is sought after for her skill with enforcement strategies and litigation proceedings.
Urko Ochoa with Miniño Abogados heads the firm’s IP practice, and is admired by peers for his work on the protection, enforcement and litigation work on trademark briefs.
Castillo & Castillo’s Tania Castillo maintains a standout IP practice that encompasses the entire range of patent, trademark and copyright issues encountered by multinationals.
Ricardo Mejia at Bufete Mejia & Asociados is singled out as a go- to for the full range of trademark matters, including portfolio management, prosecution and litigation proceedings.
Roberto Arochi of Arochi & Lindner is a stalwart of the Mexican IP market, lauded as “a key player in the market over the last 25 years”.
Martín Michaus with Basham Ringe y Correa is a highly respected figure among market commentators and is recommended for his expansive IP expertise.
Eduardo Kleinberg gains recognition from peers for his formidable practice, which focuses on representing clients in domestic and international trademark prosecution and registration issues.
David Bernstein at Debevoise & Plimpton is a key name in the US IP market, with sources extolling him as “an excellent trademark litigator”.
Lisa Pearson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton gains recognition as “a very smart trademark litigator” among market commentators.
Howard Shire with Troutman Pepper ranks prominently among peers, and is praised by sources as “a highly intelligent trademark lawyer”.
Kelly IP’s David Kelly sits among the best IP lawyers the US has to offer, with enviable experience representing clients in high-profile and high-stakes trademark disputes.
Dale Cendali at Kirkland & Ellis is recommended by peers across the region as “one of the top trademark litigators in the US”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Tim Golder is known in the region as “a leading Australian trademarks lawyer” who wins high praise for his “strong technical skills”.
Miriam Stiel is respected as “a good operator in the market” with over 15 years of experience in IP litigation.
Andrew Wiseman is “a fantastic lawyer”, renowned for his sweeping knowledge of IP law and related disputes.
Marion Heathcote “is a very experienced practitioner who can be trusted to handle matters very competently and professionally”.
Nick Holmes stands out thanks to his top-tier IP practice, which is geared towards Australian and New Zealand trademark protection and portfolio management.
Michael Wolnizer earns considerable recognition from peers thanks to his top-notch work on trademark infringement matters.
Stephen Stern is highly sought after for his skill as an IP lawyer, and represents some of the world’s most recognisable brands in their litigation matters.
Odette Gourley is a favourite among peers and clients for IP issues, and she brings over 20 years of experience with trademark litigation and patent law.
Jürgen Bebber comes with impressive endorsements for his trademark practice, which focuses on the prosecution, management and enforcement of trademarks.
Brett Doyle is commended for his outstanding work spanning contentious and non-contentious contractual and licensing briefs.
Mary Still is singled out as a key name in Australia when it comes to IP litigation pertaining to trademark infringement and confidentiality breaches.
Chris McLeod is praised by market commentators as “an outstanding practitioner” who is “technically very strong, and commercial at all times”.
Other leading individuals
Lisa Lennon at Gilbert + Tobin focuses on the protection and enforcement of trademarks, and also brings experience as a trademark attorney to her briefs.
Lisa Ritson of Ashurst is appreciated by peers as “a very good litigator and very commercial practitioner who is a pleasure to work with”.
Ai-Leen Lim with AWA Asia is “a very good lawyer” whose practice encompasses the full range of contentious and non-contentious trademark issues, including portfolio management and enforcement.
Spring Chang at Chang Tsi & Partners is appreciated by respondents for her “profound knowledge and big-picture vision especially in trademark prosecution”.
NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys’ Christopher (Chunxiang) Shen is an IP lawyer that peers “really rate” and describe as “an excellent practitioner”.
Ella Cheong of ELLALAN is “highly professional, experienced in IP and is truly devoted to clients’ needs” say sources.
Kenny Wong with Hogan Lovells is “widely recognised as the best IP lawyer in Hong Kong and has handled a lot of sophisticated trademark disputes”.
Vivien Chan & Co’s Vivien Chan is identified as keystone of the Chinese market by respondents and is sought after by Fortune 500 companies for their trademark needs in the region.
Samta Mehra at Remfry & Sagar is a standout name in the Indian IP market, with commentators reporting that “she provides a premier strategic portfolio management service”.
Pravin Anand of Anand and Anand is recognised by peers as a pillar of the domestic IP market. His expertise is found in the litigation of trademarks, patents and copyright issues.
John Glengarry with Buddle Findlay sits among New Zealand’s leading IP lawyers and trademark attorneys. He has considerable experience advising clients in the banking, pharmaceutical and tourism industries.
MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Christopher Young is “a highly recommended name” in the region for IP matters, and offers clients expertise in the range of trademark issues.
Jo-Ann See at Amica Law garners plaudits for her 30 years of experience advising clients in the entertainment, IT and telecommunications sectors on the full spectrum of IP issues.
Francine Tan of Francine Tan Law Corporation is a leading name in the region when it comes to IP matters. She is renowned for her excellent representation of SMEs and multinationals on their strategic trademark needs.
Lorraine Tay with Bird & Bird ATMD heads the firm’s IP group in Singapore and is identified as a go-to for international trademark protection and disputes.