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 three firms to receive a Gold Tier ranking for Texas (2018)
  • Nationally ranked attorneys: Bill Barber and Lou Pirkey (Gold), and Shannon Vale (Silver) (2018)
  • Ten attorneys ranked in Texas: Bill Barber, Rodney Caldwell, Sherri Eastley, Christopher Graff, Chris Kindel, Wendy Larson, Jered Matthysse, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey, and Shannon Vale (2018)
  • Tara Vold ranked Silver in the Washington DC area (2018)

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” (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
  • National Ranking: among the top five firms for U.S. Trademark Contentious (2018, 2017, 2016)
  • National Ranking: one of five firms ranked “Tier 2” for U.S. Trademark Prosecution (2018, 2017)
  • Bill Barber, Christopher Graff, Anna Kuhn, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey,  and Shannon Vale recognized as IP Stars 
(2018)
  • Anna Kuhn included among the MIP – Top 250 Women in IP (2018, 2017, 2016)
  • Wendy Larson included among the MIP – Top 250 Women in IP (2014, 2013)

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

In 2019, Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. included ten 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, Lou Pirkey, and Shannon Vale
  • 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.

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

Chambers & Partners USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers

  • Firm ranked among the top 8 firms in the category of Intellectual Property – Texas (2018)
  • Individual rankings in the areas of Trademark and Copyright:  Lou Pirkey (Star Individual), Bill Barber (Band 1), Shannon Vale (Band 2), Chris Kindel (Band 3), Wendy Larson (Band 3), Steve Meleen (Band 3) (2018)

Chambers & Partners Global

  • Bill Barber – Intellectual Property – Trademark Copyright and Trade Secrets – USA (Band 2) (2018)
  • Lou Pirkey – Intellectual Property – Trademark Copyright and Trade Secrets – USA (Band 1) (2018)

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 (2018)
  • 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 and Lou Pirkey are listed in the “Top 50 Lawyers” in Central and West Texas (2017)
  • Bill Barber, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, and Lou Pirkey are identified as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property in Texas (2017)
  • Texas “Rising Stars”:  Chris Graff (2004), Jered Matthysse (2014-2017), Steve Meleen (2004), Travis Wimberly (2017)

Expert Guides: Legal Media Group

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

World IP Review, WIPR Leaders

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

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:

  • 2018 – 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 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

  • 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)