Pirkey Barber Adds Two New Members, Sherri Eastley and Steven Espenshade
Ms. Eastley joined the firm in 2007 as an associate and her trademark practice focuses on advising clients regarding worldwide trademark protection and enforcement strategies; selection and clearance of trademarks; rebranding and advising for strategic worldwide brand roll-outs; management of global portfolios; obtaining domestic and foreign trademark registrations; negotiating licensing agreements; performing due diligence for acquisition of trademark portfolios; counseling clients with respect to copyright matters; and advising clients regarding domain name and Internet issues. Her practice includes management of domestic and international trademark portfolios across a wide variety of industries.
Ms. Eastley received her J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2002, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She also studied at Queen Mary, University of London, focusing on international intellectual property law. Prior to law school, she received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1997, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is also a member of the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association.
Mr. Espenshade joined the firm as an associate in 2010 and brings extensive knowledge in the fields of trademark, copyright and right of publicity law. His practice includes advising clients regarding the selection and clearance of trademarks, obtaining domestic and foreign trademark registrations, and handling trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also represents clients with respect to acquiring, registering, and enforcing copyright assets, and negotiating and drafting licenses and other intellectual property transactions.
Mr. Espenshade earned his J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law where he received the Jaime Davila Endowed Scholarship in Law and was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with distinction from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Mr. Espenshade is a member of the International Trademark Association and serves on the Trademark Office Practices Committee. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, the Copyright Society of the USA’s Texas Chapter and he is a member of the Trademark Committee of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section.
“We are honored to have these talented attorneys and wonderful people join the membership at Pirkey Barber,” said Managing Member Steve Meleen. “Sherri and Steven have both been integral to the firm’s success for many years, and I’m confident that they will make great additions to our leadership team while continuing to provide outstanding service to our clients.”
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 Fourth Consecutive Year
November 6, 2017
Pirkey Barber is proud to announce that we have once again been honored with a Tier 1 Ranking for the Austin area in the 2018 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 fourth 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 2018 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 13,000 attorneys provided more than 1,00,000 law firm assessments, and over 7,500 clients provided more than 65,000 evaluations. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism, and its integrity.
Two Pirkey Barber Attorneys Included in Super Lawyer’s Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West Texas List for 2017
Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that Lou Pirkey and Bill Barber have been chosen as two of the top 50 lawyers in Central and West Texas by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters Service. This is the first time Mr. Barber has been listed in the top 50 lawyers in Central and West Texas and the twelfth time for Mr. Pirkey.
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. Lawyers with the highest point totals during the selection process are further recognized in the Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.
Steven Espenshade Moderated INTA TMA Roundtable on Protection of Well Known Marks
Steven Espenshade will be moderating an INTA TMA Roundtable on Friday, October 27, from 12-2PM with lunch provided at the Headliners (221 West Sixth Street). The topic is Protection and Enforcement of Well Known Marks.
How much fame is enough? Connect with your fellow trademark professionals to discuss issues relating to famous trademarks. Discussion topics will include the Well-Known Marks Doctrine, the difference between dilution and likelihood of confusion, and parody cases involving famous marks.
Click here to register. Note: If your firm or company is not a member of INTA, you can create a guest account.
Alex Bistline Presented a Trademark Law Update to the Houston IP Law Association
The Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and University of Houston Law Center’s 33rd Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property Law is being held October 5-7, 2017 at the Moody Gardens hotel in Galveston, Texas. HIPLA has put on the Fall Institute in association with the University of Houston for the past thirty-three years. Alex Bistline will be presenting a Trademark Law Update from 1:30pm-2:30pm on Thursday, October 5. Click here to register.
Pirkey Barber Adds Two New Associates, David E. Armendariz and Danae Robinson
Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that attorneys David E. Armendariz and Danae Robinson have joined the firm as Associates.
Mr. Armendariz’s practice will focus on trademark and copyright law, specializing primarily in litigation and policing. He joins Pirkey Barber from the Austin office of Vinson & Elkins where he practiced appellate law and civil commercial litigation for four years. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Debra H. Lehrmann on the Supreme Court of Texas.
Mr. Armendariz graduated with High Honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2012, where he was a member of the Chancellors honor society. He also served as an Articles Editor on the Texas Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Danae Robinson* earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society. She was also a member of the Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Association. Prior to law school, Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 2013 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Robinson will also practice trademark and unfair competition law, including a focus on internet and social media issues.
“We are thrilled to have these talented attorneys join Pirkey Barber,” said Managing Member Steve Meleen. “We’re confident that they will make great additions to our team and provide the high-level service that our clients expect.”
*Admission to the State Bar of Texas pending.
Founded in 2006, Pirkey Barber now has 24 attorneys, making it one of the largest trademark and copyright law firms in the United States.
Best Lawyers® Recognizes Ten Pirkey Barber Attorneys
September 11, 2017
BEST LAWYERS® RECOGNIZES TEN PIRKEY BARBER ATTORNEYS
Pirkey Barber PLLC proudly announces that ten of our attorneys were recognized by their peers for legal excellence in Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White, Inc., in 2018.
Pirkey Barber attorneys Bill Barber, Rodney Caldwell, Sherri Eastley, 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. Matthysse, 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.
Managing Intellectual Property Names Eight Pirkey Barber Attorneys as “IP Stars”
Eight Pirkey Barber attorneys have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine. Attorneys are selected based on interviews and surveys conducted by the MIP researches, as well as publicly available information, client feedback and peer recommendations.
The listed attorneys and their respective state:
- Louis Pirkey: (Texas)
- Bill Barber: (Texas)
- Steve Meleen: (Texas)
- Shannon Vale: (Texas)
- Wendy Larson: (Texas)
- Christopher Graff: (Texas)
- Anna Kuhn: (Texas)
- Paul Williamson: (Virginia)
Published by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Managing Intellectual Property is the leading source of news and analysis on intellectual property worldwide.
In-House Counsel Perspectives on Current Trademark Issues
Anna Kuhn of Pirkey Barber will be moderating the Austin IPLA CLE luncheon on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Westwood Country Club (3808 W. 35th Street). Speakers include Kelly Walton, Dell Inc., Lori Misajlovich, Whole Foods Market, and Shaun Moore, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. They will be discussing In-House Counsel Perspectives on Current Trademark Issues. Click here to register.
Pirkey Barber Attorneys Named Leaders in the Field
Pirkey Barber congratulates Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen and Shannon Vale for their inclusion as WIPR Leaders Directory, which recognizes the best and brightest intellectual property attorneys in the world.
Attorneys are selected based on practice history, industry expertise and notable cases. All four Pirkey Barber attorneys have been included in the publication since the 2015 inaugural edition.