Knobbe Martens Ranked Top Trademark Firm with Seven Partners Recognized as Leading Trademark Attorneys

For the ninth consecutive year, Knobbe Martens has been ranked as one of the top trademark law firms in the nation by the World Trademark Review (WTR) in the “WTR 1000” guide.

The firm received “gold tier” regional rankings for its practice in enforcement and litigation, and in prosecution and strategy. Firms that receive a “gold tier” ranking attract the most positive comments from outside sources, have established top-level reputations and are able to secure high-profile work from top clients. 

WTR recognized Knobbe Martens as a “specialist IP firm [who] stands out in the US trademark market”. This group of trademark attorneys were described as “ultra-high-caliber professionals who are well versed in all stages of brand protection and who cater brilliantly to household-name companies”. In total, seven Knobbe Martens partners were individually recognized as leading trademark lawyers:

Stacey Halpern handles the development and management of worldwide trademark portfolios and “smooths over bumpy matters with a perfect blend of tenacity and pragmatism”. She also handles resolving trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes, including the resolution of proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), establishing and enforcing rights in trademarks and copyrights, disputes involving counterfeit goods and customs, and Internet-related matters.

Catherine Holland is known by her peers as a “top-notch IP lawyer” who “constantly delivers high-quality work” and is experienced in all aspects of domestic and international trademark matters. She has life-long experience in brand management, enforcement and licensing with nutritional supplement, motor vehicle, software, hardware, medical device, skincare and aesthetics, fashion and apparel, publishing, entertainment, financial, and food and beverage industries. She is the Chair of the firm’s Publication Committee, and is the editor and an active writer for the firm’s Fashion & Beauty Blog.

Jonathan Hyman knows how to “draw up blueprints for long-term strength and health, and uses his prosecution know-how in court to mount impregnable defenses or launch penetrating attacks”. His practice includes domestic and international trademark prosecution, enforcement and clearance, proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), social media issues, intellectual property licensing, copyrights, rights of publicity, domain name disputes, entertainment law, and client counseling.

Susan Natland was described as “an eminent all-rounder” with “a glowing reputation in the fashion and entertainment industries”. She represents clients that range from fast-growth, emerging companies to established brands in a variety of industries, such as entertainment, fashion and apparel, and food and beverage. Susan is known for being dedicated to her longtime clients like “Urban Decay [and] the Avatar brand for Twentieth Century Fox”. 

Diane Reed was described as “an innovative thinker who offers superb and transparent service”. She represents “clients of all stripes” including Toshiba America Information Systems, Partners in Leadership, Hunter Industries, James Hardie Building Products and PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Her practice focuses on IP transactions, where she has helped many brand owners negotiate major agreements.

Jeff Van Hoosear, who has three decades of wide-ranging trademark experience, “has the keys to unlock brand value in the apparel and beauty industries” and “turns a practiced hand to all non-contentious briefs”. Jeff represents a number of clients in the apparel and sporting goods, food and beverage, automotive, aesthetics, fashion, financial, insurance, software, and entertainment industries. He is the Chair of the firm’s Trademark Practice Group and is an active writer for the firm’s Fashion & Beauty Blog.

Lynda Zadra-Symes is defined by her clients and peers as an attorney who “puts in the extra effort to understand her clients’ business; she can navigate any challenge and employs creative thinking to find solutions”. She has three decades of experience representing clients through all stages of litigation in trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, false advertising and unfair competition cases. She was also described as being “familiar with the nuances of trademark law in various jurisdictions, which is a bonus” and as having the additional experience as a domain name dispute arbitrator for WIPO. “Energy drink titan Monster Energy continuously seeks Lynda Zadra-Symes to safeguard its claw icon from various infringers.”

World Trademark Review is the only standalone ranking publication to exclusively focus on trademark practices and practitioners. To compile the “WTR 1000”, researchers interviewed hundreds of in-house and private practice lawyers and attorneys based in over 50 countries and were asked to identify the leading individuals and firms in both contentious and non-contentious work. Firms qualified based on their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed. Full rankings and methodology can be found at

About Knobbe Martens 

Knobbe Martens is a law firm practicing exclusively in the area of intellectual property and technology law. We have been recognized as a top law firm for trademark litigation and prosecution in the United States by World Trademark Review (WTR) and by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). Our lawyers have an extensive practice in trademark protection, trademark licensing, unfair competition, trade dress, rights of publicity, copyrights and false advertising, and considerable experience before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in oppositions, cancellations and concurrent rights proceedings. More information about the firm can be found at


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