Certified as an Expert in Intellectual Property by the Florida Bar since 2007
Selected five times in the past nine years by peers as the Tampa-area Lawyer of the Yearin intellectual property law areas, including Copyright Law (2021), Intellectual Property Litigation (2016 & 2019) and Trademark Law (2013 & 2017) via The Best Lawyers in America® peer voting.
Selected by peers in the specialty areas of Intellectual Property Law (2011-2021); Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2019); Commercial Litigation (2015-2019); Trademark Law (2013-2019); and Copyright Law (2014, 2016-2019) via The Best Lawyers in America® peer voting.
Selected to Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite for Intellectual Property, 2011.
Selected to Super Lawyers, featuring selected Intellectual Property Law attorneys from across the United States, for every year since 2010.
Selected to "Tampa's Best Lawyers® 2010" in the specialty of Intellectual Property Law.
Rated "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" by Martindale Hubbell and 10.0 out of 10 by Avvo.com
Lead counsel, co-counsel, and active local counsel on numerous intellectual property and business disputes since 2000, including the following representative sample:
Patent infringement plaintiff in suit involving mechanical theft deterrent systems for in-store displays of electronic devices
Patent infringement plaintiff in suit involving mechanical safety tool used in railroad industry
Declaratory judgement plaintiff in suit filed in response to patentee’s claims of infringement involving mechanical device for boat navigation
Patent infringement plaintiff in suit involving process for repairing sinkholes
Patent infringement defendant in suit involving mechanical device for preventing theft of fuel
Patent infringement defendant in suit involving computer software
Employer in suit against former employee and new employer for breach of restrictive covenants, trade secrets, tortious interference, and unfair competition relating to dental insurance claims processing services
Plaintiff for employer in suit against former independent contractor and new employer for breach of restrictive covenants, unfair competition, and tortious interference relating to outdoor lighting products
Trademark infringement plaintiff in suit against internet-based competitor relating to outdoor lighting products
Trademark infringement plaintiff in suit against competitor relating to brokerage services
Trademark infringement / counterfeiting defendant owners/operators of flea market relating to tenants’ sales of Coach-branded products
Trademark infringement / counterfeiting defendant owner/operator of retail store selling smoking-related accessories
Trademark infringement / counterfeiting defendant owners/operators of retail store selling Hello Kitty-branded products
Plaintiff owners/operators of fitness chain in suit seeking declaratory judgement of non-infringement of 12 registered trademarks, 50 copyrights, trade dress, and breach of multiple settlement agreements
Copyright infringement defendant owner of retail business in suit relating to computer software
Trademark infringement defendant owner/operator of Amazon-based store in suit relating to sale of live marine animals
Unfair competition / antitrust defendant owners/operators of Amazon-based store relating to sale of hair care products
Copyright infringement plaintiff in suit against competitor relating to sale of decorative cross designs
Corporate dissolution defendant in suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty
Arbitrator in intellectual property disputes Fee expert witness in suits relating to intellectual property
misappropriation of idea
Liability expert witness regarding standard of care in IP cases
Mediator in numerous IP cases since 2012
Chair, Florida Bar Intellectual Property Law Committee, Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2020-2021.
Co-Chair, Mediation and Arbitration Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2018-2019.
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2009-2011.
Committee Chair, 9th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee, St. Petersburg Beach, FL, April, 2018.
American Intellectual Property Law Association: Patent Litigation Committee; Trademark Litigation Committee; Contributing Author to Case Summary Updates, 2005.
The Florida Bar: Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Committee, Computer & Technology Law Committee; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Section; General Practice Section; Trial Lawyers Section.
Presenter, Intellectual Property Law Year in Review - Florida Bar Business Law Section, October 2020
Presenter, Trademark Law: What Your Clients Need You to Know, North Tampa Bar Association, September 2020
Presenter, Overview of Intellectual Property, Jim Moran Institute for Global Leadership, Florida State University, October 2019
Presenter, Intellectual Property Law for Lawyers, Carrollwood Bar Association, September 2019
Author, Your Difficult Mediation Client...Help Me Help You!, Lawyer Magazine, January 2018
Co-Presenter, along with Magistrate Judge Paul Pizzo (MDFla), Mediating Intellectual Property Cases, Hillsborough County Bar Association, October, 2017
Presenter, 2017 Trademark Law Year in Review - Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee's 8th Annual IP Symposium, March 2017
Author, War in the Amazon Jungle, Lawyer Magazine, January 2017
Author, Turning Your Mediator into a Decisionmaker: Can't You Just Decide for Us?, January 2017
Presenter, Legitimate Business Interests in Noncompetition Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants – What It Really Takes, Hillsborough County Bar Association - Intellectual Property Section CLE, May 2013
Hey Trademark License, Put on Some Clothes!...Or Else, Lawyer Magazine, May 2013
Quoted in Engineer Seeks $2 Million for BP Oil Spill Solutions,Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 2012
Author, Patent Reform: What Passage of the America Invents Act Means, Tampa Bay Business Journal, March 2012
Guest Columnist, Patent Reform Ideas Would Be Welcome in IP Heavy Bay Area Market, Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 2011
Author, Attack of the Trolls 2 - Rise of the False Patent Marking Troll, Lawyer Magazine (November 2010)
Featured, Law Certification Sends Clients a Signal: Expertise Practiced Here, Tampa Bay Business Journal, June 2010
Author, The Real Cost to Your Client to Register Copyright in Their Website, Lawyer Magazine (August 2009)
Presenter, Copyright Damages: or, How I Lost the Company to a Programmer, Photographer, Author,…; Association of Corporate Counsel Meeting, West-Central Florida Chapter, 2008
Quoted in Inside Counsel Magazine, June 2008 article, Workers Rights: Employees' Inventions May Lead to Patent Battles with Employers
Contributing Author, The Journal,Update on Commercial Litigation Case Law, The Florida Bar Association Business Law Section, 2008
Author, A Step by-Step Look at the Patent Litigation Process, Inside the Minds Series of Books for C-level Professionals, hardback published by Aspatore Books, 2007
Contributing Author, Annual Trademark Law Update, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2005
Author, Pre-Grant Publications of Patent Applications, The Lawyer, 2003
Author, Intellectual Property Alert - New Domain Name Registration Opportunities Are Coming, The Lawyer, 2001
Author, Having Your Cake and Eating It Too, 16 Trial Advocate Quarterly Winter 1997 (Winner “Best Article 1996-1997” Award)