How John Helps Clients
John partners with clients to protect and enforce their valuable brands. Focusing his practice on trademarks and copyrights, and related intellectual property matters, including unfair competition, false advertising, right of publicity, and new media, John leads cases throughout the country in federal court and before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has also led multi-pronged litigation around the world as part of global disputes.
As part of litigation, John also provides counseling, including as to the selection, adoption, and use of trademarks, and domestic and international trademark procurement and enforcement.
John represents clients from all industries, including finance, consumer products, beverage, healthcare, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, fashion, food and restaurant, art, and non-profits.
John has been repeatedly named a Washington DC Super Lawyer, Intellectual Property Litigation.
During any case, clients can expect my undivided attention as I work with them closely to find the most efficient and effective legal strategy to achieve their business goals and protect their intellectual property.
What Clients Can Expect
John prioritizes his client’s needs. He is readily available and quick to respond, providing practical advice. Always attentive to detail, John keeps track of the bigger picture with an eye for efficiency. Most importantly, John is personable and seeks to partner with his clients as a trusted adviser.
Outside the Office
John was born overseas and spent his early years in the DC area. He returned to DC many years later to pursue an LL.M. in intellectual property and has never left since. With an undergraduate degree in art history and a background in the visual arts, John has long had an interest in intellectual property for its creative aspect.
When he’s not in the office, John’s active family of two boys and three dogs keeps him busy.
- Represented a software as a service (SAAS) provider in a trademark dispute across several jurisdictions internationally.
- Represented a global management consulting firm in a trademark case spanning multiple U.S. federal courts and on appeal, defeating a temporary restraining order and successfully dismissing the initial action for lack of jurisdiction.
- Represented an internationally esteemed wine estate in an unfair competition and false advertising case in federal courts in California.
George Washington University, LL.M., 2008, Intellectual Property with highest honors
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2003, with honors, Emory International Law Review, 2003 Executives Notes and Comments Editor
Vanderbilt University School of Law, B.A., 2000, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Court of Appeals of Georgia
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
DC Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section, Trademark Committee Co-Chair (2016-17), Chair (2013-14), and Vice Chair (2011-13)
International Trademark Association
American Bar Association, IP Law Section