Knobbe Martens and Nine Partners Recognized Among World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

IRVINE, CALIF., February 7, 2023 – Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce the firm and nine of its partners have been recognized for outstanding trademark work as part of World Trademark Review’s (WTR) 2023 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. The firm again received a “gold” ranking for its trademark prosecution and strategy work, and its trademark enforcement and litigation in California. The firm also received national recognition, and nine of the firm’s attorneys were singled out for their excellent legal skills in the field of trademarks.

Editors of the annual rankings described the firm as being “rich in trademark talent” and having trademark lawyers that have a “deep appreciation for and understanding of brands, enabling the firm to provide a truly holistic service.” They further commended the firm’s trademark practice covering a wide array of industries noting that “[e]xpansion in areas such as data privacy, AI, cryptocurrency, cannabis and more speaks to the firm’s broadmindedness and commitment to staying on top of developments to better support and protect its clients.”

The individual attorneys recognized include:

Michael Friedland, co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Group, commended for his “decades of litigation experiencing encompassing all kinds of IP action, [with] brands as a special focus.”

Stacey Halpern, honored for managing portfolios with an “assured hand” and characterized as a “seasoned enforcer.”

Catherine Holland, celebrated for her longevity with the firm and honored as a “strategist by many fast-growing businesses whose success hinges on quickly obtaining strong brand protection.”

Jonathan Hyman, chair of the firm’s Food & Beverage Industry Group, praised for his leadership skills in helping to spearhead the firm’s legal cannabis group.

Steven Nataupsky, the firm’s managing partner, recognized for bringing a blend of “rights procurement and litigation expertise” and prized by clients for his versatility.

Susan Natland, co-chair of the firm’s Trademark and Brand Protection Group, characterized as “highly appreciated as a hands-on partner who fights hard for [clients].”

Ali Razai, lauded for his handling of high-stakes litigation under “fast schedules requiring aggressive tactics.”

Jeff Van Hoosear, co-chair of the firm’s Trademark and Brand Protection Group, praised for giving “contemporary and sophisticated advice and know[ing] how to get clients the best protection for their budget.”

Lynda Zadra-Symes, honored for her over 32 years of experience in many areas including social media, domain names, anti-counterfeiting and advertising, “giving her a wide-angle view of the world of brands that elevates her strategic thinking, particularly in the litigation context.”

The complete 2023 WTR 1000 guide can be viewed here.

About Knobbe Martens

Knobbe Martens is a highly respected intellectual property law firm, offering legal services in all aspects of intellectual property and technology law. The firm’s litigation group handles cases throughout the U.S. and coordinates strategy for disputes worldwide. Founded in California in 1962, the firm has about 300 lawyers and scientists based in offices located in Orange County, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Knobbe Martens serves a diverse international client base, from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages. More information about the firm can be found at