Managing Intellectual Property

  • Firm of the Year, National Trademark Contentious (2016, 2015)
  • Firm of the Year, U.S. Trademark Contentious – South (2017, 2016, 2015, 2013)
  • Firm of the Year, U.S. Trademark Prosecution – South (2014)
  • Steve Meleen among seven litigators shortlisted for the Texas IP Litigator of the Year (2016)
  • Bill Barber among eight litigators shortlisted for the Texas IP Litigator of the Year (2015)
  • Louis Pirkey among five litigators shortlisted for the Texas IP Litigator of the Year (2014, 2013)

MIP – IP Stars

  • Intellectual Property – Texas: one of twelve firms ranked “Highly Recommended” (2016, 2015, 2014)
  • National Ranking: among the top five firms for U.S. Trademark Contentious (2017, 2016)
  • National Ranking: one of seven firms ranked “Tier 2” for U.S. Trademark Prosecution (2017)
  • Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, Wendy Larson, Christopher Graff, Paul Williamson and Anna Kuhn recognized as IP Stars 
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  • Wendy Larson included among the MIP – Top 250 Women in IP (2014, 2013)
  • Anna Kuhn included among the MIP – Top 250 Women in IP (2016)

World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000, The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

  • Consistently ranked among the top US firms for trademark law since the publication’s inception, Pirkey Barber is currently ranked in the Silver Tier nationally and is one of only two firms to receive a Gold Tier ranking for Texas (2017)
  • Nationally ranked attorneys: Lou Pirkey and Bill Barber (Gold), Shannon Vale and Paul Williamson (Silver) (2017)
  • Nine attorneys ranked in Texas: Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, Wendy Larson, Chris Graff, Chris Kindel, Rodney Caldwell  and Jered Matthysse (2017)
  • Two attorneys ranked in the Washington DC Area: Paul Williamson and Tara Vold (2017)

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® by Woodward/White, Inc.

For their “Lawyer of the Year” award, Best Lawyers® selects only a single attorney in each specialty within their community each year. Since 2012, a Pirkey Barber attorney has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin each year in the categories of Trademark Law, Copyright Law and/or Litigation-Intellectual Property Law.

2017 Bill Barber Trademark Law
2016 Bill Barber Litigation – Intellectual Property Law
2015 Bill Barber Trademark Law
2014 Lou Pirkey Trademark Law
2014 Shannon Vale Copyright Law
2013 Bill Barber Litigation – Intellectual Property Law
2013 Steve Meleen Trademark Law
2012 Lou Pirkey Litigation – Intellectual Property Law
2012 Bill Barber Trademark Law

In 2017, Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. included nine Pirkey Barber attorneys across three practice areas:

  • Trademark Law – Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, Chris Graff, Wendy Larson, Chris Kindel, Jered Matthysse and Rodney Caldwell
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property – Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen and Rodney Caldwell
  • Copyright Law – Shannon Vale
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” by Woodward/White, Inc.

Pirkey Barber has received a Tier 1 Ranking for the Austin Metropolitan area in an Intellectual Property Category area since the inaugural edition:

  • 2017 – 2015   Tier 1 Ranking in three practice areas: Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and Litigation – Intellectual Property Law
  • 2014 – 2011   Tier 1 Rankings in the practice areas of Trademark Law and Litigation – Intellectual Property Law
  • 2010  Tier 1 Ranking in the practice area of Intellectual Property (the only IP category for 2010)

Chambers & Partners USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers

  • Firm ranked among the top 10 firms in the category of Intellectual Property – Texas (2016)
  • Individual rankings in the areas of Trademark and Copyright:  Lou Pirkey (Star Individual), Bill Barber (Band 1), Steve Meleen (Band 3), and Shannon Vale (Band 2) (2016)

Chambers & Partners Global

  • Lou Pirkey – Intellectual Property – Trademark Copyright and Trade Secrets – USA (Band 1) (2017)
  • Bill Barber – Intellectual Property – Trademark Copyright and Trade Secrets – USA (Band 2) (2017)

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers by Law Business Research Ltd.

  • Included Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, Chris Kindel, Tara Vold, and Paul Williamson
  • Named Lou Pirkey one of eight “stand-out trademark practitioners” in Texas (2008)
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Expert Guides: Legal Media Group

  • Rising Stars 2015 inaugural edition included Chris Kindel and Jered Matthysse in the category of Trade Marks in the U.S.
  • Trade Mark Expert Guide has listed Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, Chris Graff and Wendy Larson
  • The Best of the Best USA Trademark included Lou Pirkey (2011, 2013, 2015)

Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters service

  • Lou Pirkey is one of Texas’ “Top 100 Lawyers” for Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2015)
  • Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, and Wendy Larson are identified as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property in Texas (2017)
  • Texas “Rising Stars”:  Travis Wimberly (2017), Jered Matthysse (2014-2017), Steve Meleen (2004), Chris Graff (2004)

Go-To Law Firm®, Corporate Counsel magazine, an ALM publication

2013 Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies for our work in Intellectual Property Law

World IP Review, WIPR Leaders

Members listed since the inaugural 2015 edition include Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Shannon Vale and Steve Meleen.

Martindale Hubbell

Six of our attorneys hold Martindale Hubbell’s prestigious AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated* designation, including Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Shannon Vale, Chris Graff, Rodney Caldwell and Paul Williamson.

Lou Pirkey

  • Tom Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award, State Bar of Texas IP Law Section (2015)
  • Austin Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Lawyer Award (2015)
  • International Trademark Association President’s Award (2012)
  • The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century, Texas Lawyer Magazine, ALM Media Properties, LLC (2010)
  • Legal Legend, Texas Lawyer Magazine, ALM Media Properties, LLC (2010)
  • America’s Top 25 Preeminent Trade Mark Practitioners, The Best of the Best USA, Legal Media Group (2009)
  • 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, National Law Journal (1999)

Client Choice Award

Chris Graff – International Law Office Client Choice Award in the category of Intellectual Property: Trademarks for Texas (2014)

Paul Williamson – International Law Office Client Choice Award in the category of Intellectual Property: Trademarks for District of Columbia (2014)