THE FIRM With a global presence in various fields of business law, DLA Piper's Chicago-based IP team often works in matters relating to international M&A transactions, and is particularly highly regarded for its work in global franchising. The Chicago office has a particularly strong stable of global trademark clients from a diverse selection of industries including pharmaceuticals, education, sporting goods and restaurants. Recent highlights include representing Amgen on its international trademark portfolio.
Sources say: "Top-notch service, responsive and practical."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Feldman is a recognized expert in the area of cross-border trademark ownership. He receives unanimously high praise from clients and peers. Commentators describe him as "a great guy, very capable and organized."
Chicago IP group vice chair Christina Martini focuses on international trademark and copyright law, with a respected track record relating to the internet and entertainment law. "She is exceptional. Serious, strategic and highly intelligent. She is sensitive to our business needs and very commercially minded," say clients.
Keith Medansky is experienced in trademark and copyright law. His work includes advice on filing and clearance strategies, and he is known for acting in counterfeiting and piracy cases. He is also known for his high-profile transactional practice related to licensing and divestitures.