All Five Kelly IP Partners Recognized Again in the 2018 World Trademark Review 1000


In addition to Kelly IP’s “Gold” national and Washington, DC firm rankings for 2018 (top 6 national trademark firm, and top 3 DC Metro area trademark firm for both trademark litigation and prosecution and strategy), the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) has again recognized all five Kelly IP partners as leaders in the field. These individual recognitions demonstrate the high-caliber and significant expertise that defines Kelly IP.

The WTR 1000 2018 report contains client feedback about Kelly IP that “despite coming into existence just a few years ago, Kelly IP has already cemented its position as one of the pre-eminent names in the trademark world,” and that it is “an amazing firm that does impeccable work at a fraction of the cost that you would expect given its quality.”  The WTR 1000 also provides the following client feedback on Kelly IP’s partners:

  • Dave Kelly, described by clients as “arguably the best trademark practitioner in the country,” was named to the top Gold band of lawyers nationally for both trademark enforcement and litigation and trademark prosecution and strategy, the sixth year in a row that Dave was named in the top Gold band for litigation. In addition, Dave was named to the highest Gold band ranking for both enforcement and litigation and prosecution and strategy in the Washington, DC area, the fourth year in a row that Dave was awarded Gold status in both categories. Dave is also described by clients as a lawyer who “maintains strong relationships with massive brands and has built a stunning firm around him,” is “totally collaborative, collegial and self-assured,” and has “a particularly strong TTAB practice.”  
  • Linda McLeod, described by clients as “outstanding in enforcement,” was recognized in both trademark categories. For the fifth straight year Linda achieved Gold status for prosecution and strategy and either Gold or Silver status for enforcement and litigation in the Washington, DC area. Linda, a former TTAB Judge, is also described by clients as “seriously smart and really knows her stuff; she makes all the right arguments, but at the same time knows how to take a well-reasoned stance to get a disagreement resolved”; “It’s not a scorched-earth approach with her – she is a brilliant lawyer and strikes the perfect tone in disputes”; and she also runs a “deep prosecution practice.”
  • Rob Litowitz, described by clients as “creative, thoughtful and an A-plus practitioner and person,” was recommended for trademark enforcement and litigation. Rob achieved Silver status for enforcement and litigation in the Washington, DC area for the fifth year in an a row. Rob is also described by clients as “a deep thinker and an honourable opponent who excels at crafting nuanced positions both in the courtroom and in mediations.”
  • Stephanie Bald, described by clients as “a fierce advocate with a wealth of experience, she has a strategic vision that gives her the ability to foresee short-term and long-term issues coming down the road,” was ranked among top Washington, DC area trademark lawyers for trademark enforcement and litigation for the third year in a row. Stephanie was named a Silver status lawyer for enforcement and litigation. Stephanie is also described by clients as having “all types of branding matter[s] fall[ing] within [her] ambit” and “very well versed in the law and does a stellar job representing her clients.”
  • Lynn Jordan, described by clients as having “impressive industry credentials and deep experience in this field,” is one of only 10 Gold status lawyers for prosecution and strategy in the Washington, DC area for the third year in a row.  Lynn is also described by clients as having “a really strong clearance practice and is always on top of the latest legal developments” and as “immensely proactive, user-friendly and client-focused – you couldn’t ask for better counsel.”

The WTR 1000 is dedicated to identifying the world's leading trademark law firms and practitioners. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts that interview and communicate with numerous lawyers and their clients, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and lawyers in more than 80 key jurisdictions globally. The WTR 1000 2018 results can be found at

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