Pirkey Barber Bolsters its Practice with Expansion into Washington D.C. Area
January 4, 2017
Pirkey Barber PLLC, a leading trademark and copyright law boutique, is pleased to announce the highly-respected law firm Vold & Williamson PLLC has merged into the firm adding outstanding trademark and copyright professionals and establishing a new Pirkey Barber office in the Washington, D.C. area.
The principals of Vold & Williamson, Tara Vold and Paul Williamson, are experienced and accomplished lawyers who share Pirkey Barber’s passion for trademark and copyright law as well as its strong commitment to providing excellent client service.
Vold & Williamson focuses its practice on U.S. and international trademark clearance, portfolio management and protection, and advertising, unfair competition, and online brand counseling. Its attorneys represent companies in trademark, domain name and copyright dispute proceedings in Federal District Courts, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in domain name arbitration proceedings. “This is happening because Pirkey Barber practices law with the same ‘client-first’ attitude that has guided our efforts,” said former Vold & Williamson Principal and new Pirkey Barber Member Paul Williamson.
“We are very excited to merge with Vold & Williamson and believe it will help us better serve our clients by expanding our capacity for excellent work, particularly our practice before the USPTO and courts in the Washington D.C. area,” said Pirkey Barber Managing Member Steve Meleen.
“We have had the pleasure of working with Paul and Tara for many years. In addition to being outstanding attorneys, they are also genuinely wonderful people,” said Pirkey Barber Member Louis Pirkey.
Pirkey Barber is one of the largest firms in the United States specializing exclusively in the fields of trademark and copyright law. While it is based in Austin, Texas – a culturally and economically vibrant city renowned for its international role in technology and the arts – its clients are located throughout the world. With a team of leading experts in the field, Pirkey Barber has guided a wide range of extraordinary clients through dynamic shifts in technology and the world economy that have profoundly affected strategies for protecting and enforcing brands and content.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Awards Pirkey Barber Tier 1 Rankings in Trademark Law, Copyright Law and IP Litigation in the Austin Metropolitan Area for the Third Consecutive Year
November 30, 2016
Pirkey Barber is proud to announce that we have once again been honored with a Tier 1 Ranking for the Austin area in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” by Woodward/White, Inc.
Our firm was awarded the publication’s highest ranking in three practice areas: Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and Litigation – Intellectual Property Law.
Pirkey Barber has received an Austin-area Tier 1 Ranking in at least one Intellectual Property category every year since this area of the law was first recognized by the publication in 2010. This is the third consecutive year that our firm has received the Tier 1 Ranking in all three practice areas.
To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S.
According to U.S. News, the 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 10,000 attorneys provided more than 800,000 law firm assessments, and over 10,000 clients provided more than 90,000 evaluations.
Chambers & Partners Honors Pirkey Barber Attorneys
September 1, 2016
2016 CHAMBERS & PARTNERS HONORS PIRKEY BARBER ATTORNEYS
Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that London-based Chambers and Partners recently named our firm’s co-founders Bill Barber and Lou Pirkey among the top Intellectual Property attorneys in the nation for Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets in the 2016 edition of its prestigious legal guide Chambers USA. Pirkey Barber was named one of the top Intellectual Property law firms in Texas, and four of the firm’s members were recognized as among the state’s leading lawyers in the fields of trademark and copyright Law.
For the sixth consecutive year, this prestigious publication bestowed its highest ranking of “Star Individual” on Mr. Pirkey in its state rankings of individual attorneys, an honor given to “lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.”
Four Pirkey Barber members – Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Shannon Vale and Steve Meleen – were among the fifteen lawyers recognized in the category of “Intellectual Property – Trademark & Copyright” for the State of Texas.
Here are the comments appearing in connection with these four ranked attorneys:
“Sources say Lou Pirkey ‘is certainly one of the deans of US trademark practice.’ Peers describe him as ‘an extremely high-caliber legal talent with great common sense and who always looks for opportunities to resolve disputes in a friendly manner.’”
“Litigator Bill Barber is seen to have ’an incredible depth of experience in trademark litigation and a wonderful manner.’ He is held in the highest esteem for his exceptional career-handling trademark and unfair competition trials, prosecution and domain name disputes.”
“Shannon Vale receives high praise from commentators, who report: ‘He is a very well-rounded intellect; he knows everything about everything. You want him on your side.’ One source says he is ‘especially knowledgeable on foreign trademarks.’”
“Steve Meleen is able to ‘bring a practical perspective and has a business mind,’ which clients say gives him excellent understanding of the ‘in-house lawyer’s perspective.’ His trial knowledge extends to trademark litigation, unfair competition breaches and domain name issues.”
London-based Chambers and Partners have published guides to the legal profession since 1990 using in-depth, objective research to identify and rank the world`s best lawyers. Rankings are determined based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
Best Lawyers® Recognizes Nine Pirkey Barber Attorneys
August 26, 2016
BEST LAWYERS® RECOGNIZES NINE PIRKEY BARBER ATTORNEYS
Pirkey Barber PLLC proudly announces that nine of our attorneys were recognized by their peers for legal excellence in Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White, Inc., in 2017, including founding member William G. Barber who was named 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trademark Law in Austin.
This is the fifth time that Mr. Barber has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers®, which selects only a single attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback in each practice area per community. He was previously honored for his work in both Trademark Law and Litigation — Intellectual Property Law.
A Pirkey Barber attorney has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin in the areas of Trademark Law, Copyright Law and/or Litigation-Intellectual Property Law each year since 2012.
Pirkey Barber attorneys Rodney Caldwell, Christopher L. Graff, Christopher Kindel, Wendy Larson, Jered Matthysse, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey and Shannon Vale also were recognized by Best Lawyers® for excellent work in Trademark Law.
Mr. Barber, Mr. Caldwell, Mr. Meleen and Mr. Pirkey also were lauded for their work in Litigation — Intellectual Property Law, while Mr. Vale was again recognized for his expertise in Copyright Law.
First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession worldwide. The 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2017) is based on a peer-reviewed survey in which more than 54,905 leading attorneys cast almost 7.3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their state. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.
Four Pirkey Barber Attorneys Included in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers® List
September 6, 2016
FOUR PIRKEY BARBER ATTORNEYS INCLUDED IN THE 2016 TEXAS SUPER LAWYERS® LIST
Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters Service, has selected attorneys Bill Barber, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, and Lou Pirkey for inclusion in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list in the Trademarks category. In addition, Pirkey Barber is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® honored attorney Jered Matthysse with inclusion in the 2016 Texas Rising Stars list in the Trademarks category.
Super Lawyers® identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.
Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this Super Lawyers honor. The Rising Star honor is reserved for attorneys under the age of 40 who have practiced fewer than 10 years and is bestowed on just 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys each year.
Five Pirkey Barber Attorneys Recognized Again for Excellence in Trademarks
Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that members Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale and Chris Kindel have been recognized again among the world’s leading practitioners for trademark law by Who’s Who Legal, Law Business Research Ltd., in 2016.
Pirkey Barber Celebrates 10 Years!
On June 23, 2016, Pirkey Barber celebrated 10 years in business with clients, colleagues, and friends at the South Congress Hotel.
Pictured (left to right) are founding members, Steve Meleen, Bill Barber and Lou Pirkey (seated).
Pirkey Barber Hosted World IP Day, April 28th at Westwood Country Club
World IP Day 2016 – Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined
Pirkey Barber Received Tier 1 Rankings in Trademark Law, Copyright Law and IP Litigation for the Austin Metropolitan Area
2016 -2015 U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® “BEST LAW FIRMS”
Pirkey Barber Honored by World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 for Sixth Consecutive Year
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