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• Expertise in areas of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets with an industry focus in new media, technology, entertainment and sports;
• Litigated cases involving Lanham Act claims (trademark infringement, dilution, false advertising and unfair competition), cybersquatting, Internet libel and gripe sites, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, breach of contract and fraud;
• Trademark practice has covered all aspects of portfolio management (including global brand marketing strategy, search opinions, advertising clearance, prosecution and maintenance) and enforcement via franchise brand use and distribution compliance, cease and desist letters, negotiated licenses and settlements, and TTAB proceedings;
• Internet law practice has involved advising on website IP notices and disclaimers, preparing DMCA take-down notices, investigating anonymous libel postings, and resolving domain name/cybersquatting disputes via ACPA and WIPO-UDRP;
• Negotiated and prepared confidentiality non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, trade secrets’ policies, IP due diligence in corporate mergers and acquisitions, copyright “works-for-hire” agreements, advertising sponsorship and promotional rights agreements, and other contracts involving exclusivity, ownership and use of IP rights;
• A “go-to” IP attorney for the media, sports and entertainment industry, having advised over two dozen high-profile professional sports management agencies, agents, athletes, best-selling authors, media personalities, artists, and talent management and production companies in matters including rights of privacy/publicity, Internet libel, arbitrated breach of contract claims, management contracts, trademark and copyright clearance/registration, endorsements, and negotiated television production agreements; and
• Adjunct Professor, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (Copyright Law, summer term; Trademark Law, fall term).


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 65%
    13 years
  2. Entertainment: 35%
    13 years

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Contact info

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

1180 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA, 30309


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200507/15/2016
DCActive 200507/06/2016
MNNot Authorized - Non-payment of fees200406/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star - Intellectual PropertySuper Lawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40 LawyersNational Bar Association2012
Top 40 Under 40 Up & ComersAtlanta Business Chronicle2010
Outstanding AtlantaOutstanding Atlanta2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorJohn Marshall Law School2012 - Present
PartnerLewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith2003 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkDistrict of Columbia Court of Appeals2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of CourtBarrister2012 - Present
International Trademark Association, Internet CommitteeMember2011 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
The Computer & Internet LawyerEmerging New Media Issues2013
Sports Marketing Quarterly JournalJordan v Jewel Foods: Do the Shoes Make the Man?2012
JD SupraAthletic Branding 1012011
World Trademark Law ReportsTTAB Re-examines Confusion Criteria for Spanish Word-Marks2009
World Trademark Law ReportsPopular Toymaker Mattel Receives Augmented Profits In Trademark Case2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Corporate Counsel ConferenceExploiting Intellectual Property (Without Being Exploited) in the New Digital Age2013
NBA 25th Annual Corporate Counsel ConferenceEmerging Trends in IP & Internet Law: How They Impact Your Company’s IP Portfolio2012
Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice Annual CLE SeminarContemporary Developments in IP Transactions2012
BronzeLens Film FestivalDistribution Rights in TV and Film2012
NAMWOLF 10th Annual ConferenceIntellectual Property Pitfalls in Corporate Transactions2011
NBA Annual Corporate Counsel ConferenceNew Media & Technology: Intellectual Property In The 21st Century & Beyond2010