Insights: News Kilpatrick Townsend Earns Top Rankings in 2023 Legal 500 US

ATLANTA (June 12) Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that the firm has earned top rankings in the 2023 Legal 500 US, an annual, comprehensive, research-based analysis of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions around the world.

Kilpatrick Townsend is recognized in numerous practice areas, with several garnering Tier 1 rankings, the top ranking awarded by Legal 500. The publication also singles out 55 Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys for their accomplishments and work from the past year with 15 receiving specific ranking designations.

The firm and its attorneys are recognized in the following areas:

Construction – Tier 1
Lee Mann and his team know how to solve complex legal problems in a practical and cost-effective way.”

“The team understands what the ultimate business goal is and always has that in mind. It makes partnering with them easy because they understand what we are trying to accomplish and help us get there.”

“The members of the construction group are all specialists in delay-related concepts, claims, defenses, as well as other aspects commonly part of construction disputes. This team has a great way of managing enormous amounts of factual information and documentation and distilling that down to information critical to the litigation or dispute.”

Recognized Construction attorneys include:

  • Brian Corgan (Hall of Fame)
  • Bill Dorris
  • Pat Gaas
  • Randall Hafer (Hall of Fame)
  • Lee Mann
  • Robbie Poplin (Next Generation Partner)
  • Gautam Reddy (Rising Star)
  • Keith Richardson
  • Daniel Swaja (Next Generation Partner)

Trademarks: Litigation – Tier 1
“Powered by a global network spanning Europe, Asia and the US, the team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton remains a leader in trademark disputes, representing an enviable list of clients.”

Recognized Trademarks: Litigation attorneys include:

  • Bill Brewster (Hall of Fame)
  • Forrest Flemming
  • Charlie Henn (Next Generation Partner)
  • Anthony Malutta
  • David Mayberry
  • Larry McFarland
  • Lisa Pearson
  • Judy Powell
  • Dennis Wilson (Leading Lawyer)

Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including Prosecution, Portfolio Management, and Licensing) – Tier 1
“Great people. Extremely responsive.”

“Marc Lieberstein -- supremely competent, great communication and negotiation skills and extremely accessible when timelines are short.”

 Recognized Trademarks: Non-Contentious attorneys include:

  • Jennifer Arkowitz
  • Betsy Bengtson
  • Bill Brewster
  • Alicia Jones (Next Generation Partner)
  • Marc Lieberstein
  • Anthony Malutta
  • David Mayberry
  • Laura Miller
  • Gwen Peterson
  • Calla Yee

“The team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings strength to representing major household names … in high-stakes litigation and advising on the management and expansion of their high-value international copyright portfolios.”

Recognized Copyright attorneys include:

  • Joe Petersen
  • Rob Potter
  • James Trigg
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Kollin Zimmermann

Patents: Prosecution (including Re-Examination and Post-Grant Proceedings)
“Excellent acumen on the law, while very practical and pragmatic. Also, many members of the team have worked in the industry as engineers and chemists so they do understand and can speak technically with engineers. I can also check the status of my applications any time due to the firm’s modern IT systems.”

“A key strength of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP lies in the strategic use of published U.S. Examiner data at the per-examiner level to assess probabilities of successful outcomes for different prosecution strategies.”

“William Shaffer and David Raczkowski show great professionalism and moral ethics and are incredibly responsive.”

Recognized Patents: Prosecution attorneys include:

  • Jesse Bennett
  • Cathy Crestinger
  • Matias Ferrario
  • Wab Kadaba (Leading Lawyer)
  • David Raczkowski
  • Karam Saab
  • Andrew Serafini
  • William Shaffer
  • Joseph Snyder
  • Matthew Zigmant

M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500m)
“Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has considerable experience in sophisticated M&A, acting on behalf of buyers and sellers across a multitude of industries. The banking sector is a strong point for the department, which often handles transformational mergers and acquisitions involving commercial banks and thrifts. The practice is also well versed in corporate governance and special committees matters, and continues to develop its private equity and venture capital platforms.”

“Great team. All very sharp, lots of deal experience, and fantastic service. Our lead corporate attorneys are great and pull in other specialist across the firm seamlessly.”

“Rich Cicchillo and Kelsey Donnalley -- Very knowledgeable and great service…make you feel like you are their most important client. They negotiate hard but are also pragmatic to deliver results and keep deals moving.”

Recognized M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500m) attorneys include:

  • Lou Barbieri III (Next Generation Partner)
  • Richard Cicchillo (Hall of Fame)
  • Mick Cochran
  • Steve Donahoe
  • Kelsey Donnalley (Next Generation Partner)
  • David Eaton
  • Christina Gattuso
  • Siegmar Pohl
  • Ed Olifer

“Highly responsive, subject matter experts, friendly team.”

“Farah Cook makes time for her clients, she explains the legal issues and the impact on the business, which empowers the client to make decisions regarding the contract.”

“Kilpatrick’s technology practice has a deep bench capable of handling all types of IT transactions and issues. We have relied on them to manage a wide variety of matters, all with differing complexities. The lawyers are always able to handle them to our complete satisfaction.”

Recognized Outsourcing attorneys include:

  • Sonia Baldia (Leading Lawyer)
  • Jeffrey Connell
  • Farah Cook (Next Generation Partner)
  • Josh Ganz (Leading Lawyer)
  • Maha Khalaj
  • Jim Steinberg
  • Amanda Witt


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