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 the only firm to receive a Gold Tier ranking for Texas and one of twelve firms to receive a Bronze Tier ranking in the Washington DC area (2020)
  • Nationally ranked attorneys: Bill Barber and Lou Pirkey (Gold), and Shannon Vale (Silver) (2020)
  • Fourteen attorneys ranked in Texas: Bill Barber, Alex Bistline, Sherri Eastley, Steven Espenshade, Christopher Graff, Chris Kindel, Anna Kuhn, Wendy Larson, Jered Matthysse, Steve Meleen, Michael Metteauer, Lou Pirkey, Shannon Vale, and Travis Wimberly (2020)
  • Tara Vold ranked Silver in the Washington DC area (2020)

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 (2020, 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 four firms ranked “Highly Recommended” (2020-2014)
  • National Ranking: among the top six firms for U.S. Trademark Contentious (2020-2016)
  • National Ranking: one of ten firms ranked “Tier 2” for U.S. Trademark Prosecution (2020-2017)
  • Bill Barber, Christopher Graff, Anna Kuhn, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey, and Tara Vold recognized as IP Stars (2020)
  • Anna Kuhn included among the MIP – Top 250 Women in IP (2020-2016)
  • Wendy Larson included among the MIP – Top 250 Women in IP (2014-2013)
2020 Best Lawyers

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

In 2020, Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. included thirteen Pirkey Barber attorneys across three practice areas:

  • Trademark Law – Bill Barber, Rodney Caldwell, Sherri Eastley, Christopher Graff, Chris Kindel, Anna Kuhn, Wendy Larson, Jered Matthysse, Steve Meleen, Michael Metteauer, Lou Pirkey, Shannon Vale, and Chris Weimer
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property –  Bill Barber, Rodney Caldwell, Jered Matthysse, Steve Meleen, and Lou Pirkey
  • Copyright Law – Shannon Vale

For their “Lawyer of the Year” award, Best Lawyers® selects only a single attorney in each specialty within their community each year. From 2012 through 2017, 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.

2019 Steve Meleen Trademark Law
2019 Shannon Vale Copyright Law
2017 Bill Barber Trademark Law
2016 Bill Barber Litigation – Intellectual Property Law
2016 Michael Metteauer Trademark 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

Chambers & Partners USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers

  • Firm ranked among the top 7 firms in the category of Intellectual Property – Texas (2020)
  • Individual rankings in the areas of Trademark and Copyright:  Lou Pirkey (Star Individual), Bill Barber (Band 1), Chris Kindel (Band 3), Wendy Larson (Band 3), Steve Meleen (Band 3) Shannon Vale (Band 3) (2020)

Chambers & Partners Global

  • Bill Barber – Intellectual Property – Trademark Copyright and Trade Secrets – USA (Band 2) (2020)
  • Lou Pirkey – Intellectual Property – Trademark Copyright and Trade Secrets – USA (Band 1) (2020)

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

  • Included Bill Barber, Chris Kindel, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey, Shannon Vale, and Tara Vold (2019)
  • Named Lou Pirkey one of eight “stand-out trademark practitioners” in Texas (2008)

Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters service

  • Lou Pirkey is one of Texas’ “Top 100 Lawyers” for Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2015)
  • Bill Barber is  listed in the “Top 50 Lawyers” in Central and West Texas (2017)
  • Lou Pirkey is listed in the “Top 50 Lawyers” in Central and West Texas (2017, 2019)
  • Bill Barber, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey, and Shannon Vale are identified as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation in Texas (2019)
  • Texas “Rising Stars”: David Armendariz (2020), Alex Bistline (2019-2020), Steven Espendshade (2020), Chris Graff (2004), Jered Matthysse (2014-2017), Steve Meleen (2004), Tyson Smith (2019-2020), Chris Weimer (2014-2016, 2018-2020), Travis Wimberly (2017-2020)

Expert Guides: Legal Media Group

  • The Best of the Best USA Trademark included Bill Barber (2019), Michael Metteauer (2018–2020), and Lou Pirkey (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Trade Mark Expert Guide has listed Bill Barber, Christopher Graff, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey, and Shannon Vale
  • Rising Stars in Trade Marks in the U.S. has included Steven Espenshade (2018), Chris Kindel (2015-2017), Jered Matthysse (2015-2018)

World IP Review, WIPR Leaders

Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey, and Shannon Vale, and Daniela Rojas (2020).

2020 Best Law Firms

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:

  • 2020 – 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)
Martindale

Martindale Hubbell

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

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

Lou Pirkey

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Excellence Award (2019-2020)
  • 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

Wendy Larson- International Law Office Client Choice Award in the category of Intellectual Property: Trademarks for Texas (2020)
Chris Graff – International Law Office Client Choice Award in the category of Intellectual Property: Trademarks for Texas (2014)