In my intellectual property litigation practice, I represent clients in securing their brands through trademark enforcement, including preventative measures – policing their registrations and constantly monitoring to make sure others don’t infringe. When disputes do arise, I help clients resolve them, either through negotiation and mediation, or, when necessary, in the courtroom before a jury. I have represented clients before the TTAB, as well as before the ITC in trademark mediation.
I am a trial lawyer who works incredibly hard to resolve disputes and win cases. As any good litigator knows, creativity and thinking out of the box are often necessary to secure the best result for your client. My over twenty-one years of experience in diverse litigation matters, including matters related to Intellectual Property, provides me with the ability to meet my clients’ needs.
I also take on the role of general counsel for companies that do not have their own legal department. Acting as a quarterback, I figure out ways to address all of their needs. I am involved in litigation, contract negotiations, consultation related to Intellectual Property issues, employment issues and any other issues that arise.
I am also proud to be a Qualified Neutral, allowing me to conduct mediations. As a member of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Trademark Mediators Network, I have the special expertise to also handle the specialized area of trademark law. Mediation is an alternative to obtain a resolution to your dispute without the high costs of litigation. My service and training as a mediator also enhances my ability to protect my client’s rights during a mediation where I serve in the role of a lawyer.
Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel: Celebrated as a Brilliant Jurist and a Man with Integrity
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Honors & Awards
Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
Minnesota Super Lawyers®
MSBA North Star Lawyer
Pro Bono Service, 2013-2014
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review rating
Top Rated Lawyer™, Appellate
Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002-2007
Associations & Memberships
Federal Practice Committee of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota
Chair, Publicity Subcommittee
Federal Bar Association
Pro Se Project
American Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
International Trademark Association
Trademark Mediators Network
University of St. Thomas School of Law