This year’s edition identifies over 1,200 leading lights in the field of trademarks. Those included are extremely knowledgeable in an array of trademark matters, including global portfolio management, and trademark litigation and prosecutions.
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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Morag Macdonald has an excellent reputation in trademarks thanks to her outstanding strategic advice and distinguished handling of cross-border IP litigation.
Peers would “definitely recommend” Peter Brownlow for his extensive experience managing trademark matters for high-profile brands.
Allan Poulter is acclaimed for his dynamic trademarks practice, which sees him advising on a wide range of matters including all aspects of international brand management protection and enforcement.
Katharine Stephens’ technical background in engineering bolsters her adept handling of trademark and IP work in the engineering, technology and communications sectors.
Jane Mutimear focuses her distinguished practice on a variety of IP disputes and is regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional cases.
Mark Holah receives high praise as a “trademark prosecution specialist”. He is endorsed for his long-standing trademarks practice, which has seen him represent some of the world’s most iconic brands.
The “excellent” Richard Dissmann is “one of the best” on the German trademarks scene, and commended as an “effective and creative litigator”.
The accomplished Guy Heath is highly praised for his world-class practice, which encompasses deep-seated knowledge of trademark law and licensing matters.
Louise Gellman is a “standout” name in trademarks, and is lauded for her “great practice” spanning the management of international portfolios, clearances and filings.
Helen Newman is highlighted for her noteworthy trademarks practice and displays significant experience in the fashion and luxury goods market.
María González Gordon is an “excellent professional” who gains recognition this year for her first-rate work in the trademarks field.
Tom Scourfield is known for his impressive work in the IP arena, and is highlighted for his notable litigation and enforcement practice.
Carsten Menebröcker enjoys a strong international reputation for his sweeping knowledge of trademark litigation and enforcement proceedings.
Anna Carboni is a “very experienced practitioner” who stands out this year for her excellent work, which puts her at the “top of the tree” when it comes to handling trademark matters.
Sara Ashby is applauded for her “very client-centric” IP practice, which sees her handling a range of trademark and design disputes.
Simon Chalkley is recognised for the breadth of his experience in the trademarks space, as well as his first-class IP practice.
Claus Eckhartt enjoys a stellar reputation as a leading light when it comes to the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks.
Alexander von Mühlendahl is “definitely recommended” for his brilliant handling of “cases before the EU courts concerning trademark matters”. He gains plaudits as “the world’s star in the field”.
Rebecca Delorey is recognised for her impressive trademarks practice and “is an excellent lawyer for both prosecution and dispute work”.
Henning Hartwig ranks highly among peers for his tremendous understanding of trademark infringement proceedings and damages claims.
The “excellent” Roland Mallinson enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the foremost players in the global trademarks market. He is “very deserving of his profile” and has a successful track record on the full range of IP-related matters.
Mark Owen is renowned for his deep and varied experience advising clients within the media, entertainment and technology sectors on trademark law.
Christopher Benson is held in high esteem by market sources thanks to his profound understanding of brand management, trademarks and licensing matters.
Leighton Cassidy is a first-rate trademark lawyer who assists clients in global trademark and design clearance, filing, prosecution and trademark opposition proceedings.
Alexandra von Bismarck is a “very experienced and knowledgeable IP practitioner”, applauded for her impressive practice which has seen her manage the portfolios of German and international enterprises.
Harriet Seymour impresses market sources with her adept handling of trademarks matters across a range of sectors, from fashion to food and beverages.
Ronit Barzik-Soffer is hailed as an “expert in trademark prosecution”. Sources applaud her as “the best in the region” and an “excellent and knowledgeable” trademark lawyer.
David Gilat is admired for his “very good knowledge on IP”. He is endorsed for his “efficient and reliable” practice and for “always providing clear and understandable advice” to clients.
Luiz Blanc is a favourite among clients, one of whom commends his “great intellectual capacity to propose intelligent and efficient solutions that take into account each and all aspects of the matter in question”.
Eran Bareket is “a rising star and litigator” who goes “above client expectations” and “is able to achieve swift and effective results in and out of court”.
Kay Rickelman draws praise for her specialist expertise in international trademark registration and litigation, as well as her work in portfolio management.
Charles Webster possesses vast experience in trademarks and is known for his “extremely professional” approach to complex cases.
Louise Myburgh is “a senior figure” in the trademarks arena, applauded for her “sensible approach” to trademark registration and litigation.
Paul Walsh is a “big name in trademarks” and focuses his highly respected practice on all aspects of brand law.
Paul Jordan is “a very skilled lawyer”, praised for his ability “to think outside the box” and for always being “proactive, professional and responsive”.
Jeremy Blum is “lovely to work with” and gains plaudits for “handling complex and delicate cases in a clear and thorough way”.
Markku Tuominen is a “great practitioner” in the trademarks space, renowned for his extensive experience in matters such as trade and domain names, design rights, and copyrights.
Rainer Hilli heads up the firm’s intellectual property practice. He is highly experienced in trademarks and has spent more than 20 years acting for clients in IP disputes across various sectors.
Mikael Segercrantz gains plaudits for his “excellent trademarks practice” and vast experience of IP proceedings before Finnish and EU courts.
Maximilian Kinkeldey is renowned for his profound expertise in a range of issues including trademarks, domain names, unfair competition litigation and trademark prosecution.
Nicolás Schmitz focuses his highly regarded practice on trademark law, and design and copyright matters.
Holger Gauss is a “smart and very effective litigator” who excels in the German trademarks space.
The “excellent” Tom Moody-Stuart QC is recommended for his extensive experience in trademark and comparative advertising disputes and misuse of trade secrets.
James Mellor QC showcases a “great practice” which covers all areas of IP including trademarks and brands. He has significant experience in the CJEU.
Charlotte May QC is “a very well-known name” for contentious trademarks matters, and is singled out for her “very smooth advocacy”.
Daniel Alexander QC is “a true expert” in trademarks, and is considered “extremely well regarded” and “a leader in the field”.
Kate Swaine has vast experience working with clients on domestic and international IP portfolios, as well as being experienced in related litigation.
Gordon Harris is recognised for his impressive practice, built on more than 30 years of experience handling groundbreaking design and brand cases in the CJEU.
Jon Parker is a prominent name for trademarks in Dubai, and is renowned for his “exceptional practice” and extensive experience in the trademark-related matters.
Julia Holden is an “outstanding trademark lawyer”, distinguished among her peers as highly “experienced and knowledgeable” in IP law.
Luca Trevisan has an expansive practice that sees him leading and managing multi-jurisdictional trademark disputes for domestic and international clients.
Gabriel Cuonzo has an IP-focused practice spanning a wide range of high-profile cases, acting as representative for many multinational companies before the Italian courts.
Other leading individuals
Georg Schönherr at Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte is held in high esteem among sources for his excellence in trademarks and piracy law, as well as related litigation proceedings.
Paul Maeyaert at Altius is “the name that comes to mind when speaking about trademark litigation in Belgium” thanks to his stellar reputation as an “excellent strategic and analytical thinker”.
Claus Barrett Christiansen at Bech-Bruun is a “talented litigator” with an “excellent” trademarks practice that puts him “in another league”.
Susie Arnesen at Arnesen IP Advokatfirma is hailed as a “phenomenally talented practitioner” by peers who commend her “excellent” work assisting companies on trademark enforcement and creation matters.
Johan Løje at Løje IP is a big name in the Danish market, recognised for his vast experience advising on trademarks and design applications.
The “highly recommended” Kasper Frahm at Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab is seen as “very skilled” and a “strong litigator”, and consistently demonstrates a “clear understanding of his client’s needs”.
Simon Malynicz QC at Three New Square is highly recommended as “one of the best trademarks QCs there is”. One impressed source states that he “would be my first choice” as he is “super-easy to work with and he has a superb amount of experience”.
David Stone at Allen & Overy is “particularly well regarded” in this field. Peers “definitely recommend” him for being “very strong on trademarks and design”.
Arty Rajendra at Osborne Clarke is a “successful trademarks lawyer” who is “absolutely deserving of a place on this list” and has “great client relationship skills”.
Mishcon de Reya’s David Rose is “well known” in the trademarks space and is “seen as the go-to person” thanks to his “great practice” spanning high-value IP disputes.
Jeremy Hertzog gains recognition for his “well-established” trademarks practice, which focuses on protecting and enforcing IP rights for clients in a wide range of industries.
At Charles Russell Speechlys, Mary Bagnall is highlighted for her deep-seated knowledge of complex trademark infringement and passing-off proceedings.
Ian Wood possesses over 30 years of experience advising on a range of matters relating to registered and unregistered trademarks.
Jeremy Dickerson at Burges Salmon excels as a trademarks lawyer with experience in all areas of contentious and transactional IP.
John Olsen at Locke Lord is distinguished for his standout work in IP law, and is “absolutely one of the leading trademark lawyers” in the market.
Geoffrey Hobbs QC at One Essex Court is renowned for his “extremely good practice”. An impressed source states: “He knows more about trademarks than anyone in the whole country.”
Emma Himsworth QC receives plaudits for her deep and varied experience in the field, covering a range of trademarks issues.
Nicholas Bolter at Cooley is a “really good practitioner”, known for his expert handling of the trademark portfolios of high-profile clients.
Henrik af Ursin at Merilampi Attorneys is commended for his “superb trademarks work”, and described as “profoundly business-oriented” and “very easy to work with”. One source remarks, “He is my go-to guy in Finland.”
Patrice de Candé at Candé-Blanchard-Ducamp is an “excellent” lawyer commended for the first-rate counsel he provides to clients on trademarks law and rights.
Casalonga’s Caroline Casalonga is “a very experienced and recognised IP practitioner”, highly sought after for her strong expertise in French and European trademarks.
Sandra Sophia Redeker at SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is lauded as “very experienced and knowledgeable” in trademarks, with commentators praising her “strategic mind” and her skilful ability to “always find a solution for the legal problem”.
Andreas Lubberger of Lubberger Lehment is a “very experienced lawyer” in the trademarks arena who has “achieved a number of IP landmark decisions” during his career.
Patricia McGovern of DFMG Solicitors is a first-rate lawyer who stands out in the Irish market for her national and international trademarks work.
Alistair Payne at Acuatus Solicitors is “highly recommended and very well regarded” by peers who applaud his “very skilled and strategic thinking”.
The “excellent” Ellen Shankman at Ellen B Shankman & Associates enjoys a fantastic reputation as one of the top names in the region for trademarks work.
Shlomo Cohen of Dr Shlomo Cohen & Co has a stellar reputation and is extremely well known in Israel for his standout work on a wide range of IP matters.
Neil Wilkof at Dr Eyal Bressler & Co gains plaudits for his top-notch IP practice which sees him adeptly handling a range of trademarks and information technology matters.
At Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati, Fabrizio Jacobacci is a leading light in Italy for trademarks, where he is looked upon with enormous favour for his excellence in complex IP disputes.
Brinkhof’s Gregor Vos is an “excellent lawyer” and “a great litigator with experience in the CJEU”. He gains plaudits for being “extremely capable” and represents a number of “high-profile clients”.
Tobias Cohen Jehoram at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a “top-tier trademark lawyer” who displays “excellent knowledge of CJEU case law” and impresses with his experience in supreme court cases.
AKD’s Huib Berendschot ranks highly among peers who note he is “very skilled in handling large-scale IP cases” and credit him with “a very business-oriented approach”.
Felix Reimers at Gjessing Reimers comes highly recommended by market sources for his superb handling of trademarks, design and unfair competition matters, including contentious proceedings.
Anna Gołębiowska at Gołębiowska Krawczyk Roszkowski & Partners is distinguished for her “swift and efficient” approach by sources who commend her as “very effective from trademark clearance through to litigation”.
Colin Hulme at Burness Paull is a “well-regarded contentious IP lawyer” who is highly endorsed by peers as “one of the leading IP lawyers in Scotland”.
Simonne Moodie at Von Seidels is “an excellent practitioner” and an “absolute go-to” for her “phenomenal” and “reliable” trademarks practice.
Verena von Bomhard of Bomhard IP is known for her “experienced and knowledgeable” practice, with one impressed peer stating, “Verena is my number-one go-to lawyer for EUIPO matters”.
Imogen Fowler Hogan Lovells (Alicante) SL & Cia is a prominent name in the Spanish market, held in high esteem for advising brand owners on trademark and design protection across Europe and globally.
At Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Laura Alonso is singled out as “a very proactive lawyer” who is “very knowledgeable” in trademarks law and “always a pleasure to deal with”.
Henrik Wistam at Westerberg & Partners is “a pleasure to work with” and “a skilled litigator” who is “excellent in huge trademark matters”.
At Kanter Advokatbyrå, Charlotta Poehler comes highly recommended by sources for her profound understanding of trademark portfolio management and acquisitions.
Markus Frick at Walder Wyss enjoys a reputation among peers as an “excellent lawyer with outstanding litigation skills” when it comes to contentious trademarks proceedings.
Christoph Gasser at BianchiSchwald displays strong expertise in litigation in all areas of intellectual property law, including trademark and design prosecution.
Gregor Wild at Rentsch Partner wins high praise for his work in trademarks, and is considered “very smart and a great negotiator”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Nadine Jacobson is acclaimed for her dynamic practice which sees her advising on global trademark registration and protection strategies.
David Donahue is an “outstanding” trademarks lawyer who gains plaudits for his extensive litigation experience.
Lydia Temesgien Gobena is a “reliable and proactive” lawyer with a stellar reputation for her “outstanding knowledge” of trademarks.
Janet Hoffman is a long-standing figure in the market, respected for her extensive experience in international trademarks protection and enforcement strategies.
Cara Boyle is highly sought after by clients for her significant expertise managing IP portfolios, trademark enforcement and infringement proceedings.
Robert MacDonald is one of the “strongest trademarks practitioners” in the Canadian market, deemed “very knowledgeable and experienced in trademark law”.
Monique Couture is a prominent name with extensive experience protecting clients’ brands across a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, music and entertainment.
Ronald Dimock is enthusiastically dubbed “a leader in IP litigation” with “deep expertise in trademarks”.
Mark Evans is “a skilled trademark practitioner and litigator”, hailed as “one of the strongest trademarks experts” in the market.
Philip Lapin is a highly respected name among peers who focuses his IP practice on trademarks and brand protection, trademark prosecution and portfolio management.
Christian Bolduc is “highly experienced” in handling a wide range of trademark matters, including trademark litigation and enforcement, and trademark opposition and cancellation procedures.
Daniel Bereskin QC is a “luminary in the trademark field”, and is highly endorsed for his “wealth of experience” in this area.
R Scott MacKendrick is a distinguished figure in trademarks who excels in contentious proceedings, earning praise as a “skilled IP litigator”.
Susan Keri is “an extremely sound practitioner”, well versed in a range of trademarks matters – from prosecutions to acquisitions and maintenance of trademark portfolios.
Juan Berton Moreno is a top player in the Argentinian market, recognised for his impressive experience advising domestic and international clients on trademark portfolio management.
Juan Carlos Ojam is highly adept in dealing with trademark issues and displays a great “understanding of business constraints”.
Alberto Berton-Moreno Jr “is a highly experienced practitioner” according to sources who add, “He is bright, responsive and provides practical responses to difficult issues.”
Elisabeth Kasznar Fekete is acclaimed for her dynamic practice, which sees her advising on a range of IP matters including trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.
Gabriel Francisco Leonardos is a “quality attorney” according to peers who commend his impressive practice, which focuses on trademarks, advertising and dispute resolution.
Other leading individuals
Iris Quadrio at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal is an “excellent” trademarks lawyer who stands out for her adept handling of complex trademark matters.
Fernando Noetinger at Noetinger & Armando is a prominent lawyer, well known for his extensive trademarks experience and in-depth knowledge of IP litigation.
Claudia Christina Schulz at BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão is a leading light in Brazilian IP law, and gains plaudits for her “coherent, knowledgeable and focused” trademarks practice.
Antonella Carminatti is a notable name in the Brazilian market, commended for her “creativity in legal strategies” and her “excellent understanding of client needs”.
Eduardo Magalhăes Machado at Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello “is an excellent trademarks lawyer”, widely regarded as a “visionary” in the field.
Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia at Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados is a “great lawyer”, recognised as “very competent and very responsive” when handling complex IP and trademarks matters.
Valdir de Oliveira Rocha Filho at Veirano Advogados is a “highly respected senior figure” among peers, applauded for his considerable experience in the trademarks space.
Luiz Henrique O do Amaral at Dannemann Siemsen is recognised as a go-to name in Brazil for IP law, thanks to his vast experience of trademark matters.
Donna White at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is held in high regard by peers who highlight her as “highly knowledgeable in trademark law and in her practice”.
Peter Giddens at McMillan is commended for his noteworthy trademarks practice, with broad expertise in a range of trademark, copyright and domain name issues.
Jorge Chávarro at Cavelier Abogados is renowned as a “leader in this area” and is “recognised throughout the region” for his first-class trademarks practice.
At Lloreda Camacho & Co, Alicia Lloreda “is a very professional leader” with “very good knowledge of trademarks law”, spanning protection, unfair competition and related disputes.
María del Pilar López at Zurcher Odio & Raven receives high praise from peers who commend her “highly responsive and effective” approach to trademarks clearance and filing matters.
The “fantastic” Urko Ochoa at Miniño Abogados is enthusiastically lauded as an “excellent lawyer” who is “very responsive and strategic”.
Wallis Pons Cardi at Angeles Pons is recognised for her top-tier trademarks practice and wide-ranging expertise in IP law.
Ricardo Mejia of Bufete Mejia & Asociados is recognised for the breadth of his experience, as well as his strong trademark and copyrights practice.
Roberto Arochi of Arochi & Lindner is “one of the best” trademark lawyers in the region and stands out as a “leader in the market” for his “highly creative” approach to trademark litigation and negotiation.
At Basham Ringe y Correa, Eduardo Kleinberg “has built up a great reputation” in trademarks, where he is recognised as “a great problem-solver” who is “devoted to client service”.
Laura Collada at Dumont is “a very smart attorney” who excels in trademark prosecutions, filings and litigation, and “possesses a deep knowledge of the files”.
Sally Abel at Fenwick & West is “highly recommended” by peers who admire her for “really knowing her stuff” when it comes to trademarks law and related litigation.
David Kelly at Kelly IP dedicates his practice to supporting clients in trademark, copyright and unfair competition-related litigation and disputes.
Susan Natland at Knobbe Martens is well known as a “very sound practitioner” with vast experience in handling international brand protection matters.
David Bernstein at Debevoise & Plimpton enjoys a stellar reputation among peers as an “excellent practitioner” who is “highly experienced” in handling a wide range of trademarks matters.
Dale Cendali at Kirkland & Ellis is an outstanding trademarks specialist and is a highly regarded figure in the field with considerable experience litigating and trying high-profile cases.
Leslie Lott at Lott & Fischer is well regarded for her expansive trademark know-how that spans an array of topics including trademark disputes and litigation.
Christopher Kindel at Pirkey Barber is a “very thoughtful leader”, commended by peers for his “excellent expertise in his field” and for being “very personable and nice and easy to work with”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
The “excellent” Tim Golder is a “leading Australian IP lawyer with impressive technical knowledge”, praised for his “ability to apply his knowledge to commercial questions”.
Miriam Stiel is highly regarded as a leading name in the region, thanks to her experience as a strong intellectual property litigator.
Andrew Wiseman draws high praise for his excellence in high-profile and complex IP litigation proceedings across a range of sectors, from healthcare to technology.
Marion Heathcote is commended as top name in trademarks law, well known for her “excellent” knowledge of protection matters and portfolio management.
Michael Wolnizer is an eminent figure in the Australian market, regarded as “very responsive” and praised for the “great advice” he provides on infringement proceedings and copyright issues.
Nick Holmes impresses with his remarkable facility to provide first-rate counsel on trademark enforcement, protection and opposition proceedings.
Stephen Stern has a stellar reputation in the market, having represented many of the world’s most prominent brands in complex trademark disputes.
Odette Gourley is highlighted as a “terrific” practitioner for her adept and effective work on trademark registration and portfolio management matters.
Mary Still is held in high esteem by peers who note she is “very experienced’ in trademarks law and ranks highly as a “very strong IP litigator”.
Brett Doyle stands out for his “excellent” trademarks practice and is commended for being “very experienced in both prosecution and litigation work”.
Other leading individuals
The “excellent” Lisa Lennon at Gilbert + Tobin stands out as a key figure in the market thanks to her vast experience in brand protection and trademark enforcement.
Ai-Leen Lim at AWA Asia is a “well-known trademarks expert” who is endorsed for her “highly energetic practice” and for “providing a very fine service”.
Spring Chang at Chang Tsi & Partners draws effusive praise for her work in trademarks enforcement and prosecution, and is recommended for her “very efficient” approach.
Ella Cheong of Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu Solicitors & Notaries is “one of the best lawyers in Asia”. She has been described as “a Hong Kong IP legend” and recognised as a “luminary” for her cross-Asia knowledge in all areas of IP.
Vivien Chan at Vivien Chan & Co is one of the leading trademarks practitioners in the region, singled out for her excellence in IP law.
Anand and Anand’s Pravin Anand possesses a stellar reputation as one of India’s foremost trademark lawyers, and is hailed for his skilful handling of high-profile IP litigation.
Safir Anand receives plaudits for his impressive experience helping international brands to enforce their trademark portfolios.
Shwetasree Majumder at Fidus Law Chambers is endorsed for her “in-depth substantive legal knowledge”. She is “very responsive and reliable”, and uses her “understanding of the business to provide business-savvy recommendations”.
Damian Broadley at AJ Park is considered a “really good lawyer” who stands out for his “excellent” work advising clients on worldwide trademark protection strategies.
Christopher Young at MinterEllisonRuddWatts is noted for his significant experience in international brand strategy and trademark portfolio management.
Jo-Ann See at Amica Law is a big name in the market, renowned for her trademarks prowess. She frequently works with clients in the development and protection of their IP rights.
Francine Tan at Francine Tan Law Corporation is a key figure in the Singapore market, recognised for her expert handling of trademark portfolios.
Lorraine Tay at Bird & Bird is “well known for prosecution work”, and gains recognition for her “very responsive practice” and “excellent advice”.