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Mike is a trademark lawyer and partner at Kilpatrick Townsend, and before joining the firm served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army.

Mike serves as principal trademark counsel for companies with well-known brands and large brand portfolios and manages their trademark portfolios and disputes throughout the world.  He helps clients implement cost-effective strategies to protect and enforce their existing trademarks and provides practical advice when they are considering new marks, helping them understand, for example, whether the new mark may be difficult or expensive to protect, or whether someone is likely to sue them for infringement. Mike regularly coordinates trademark litigation, opposition and cancellation proceedings in Europe, Asia and South America and has represented companies in trademark and false advertising litigation in the United States, both in federal court and in proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has recommended and successfully resolved trademark disputes through mediation and has resolved false advertising disputes through binding arbitration as well as proceedings before the National Advertising Division (“NAD”) of the Council for Better Business Bureaus.

Mike is the leader of KT PROUD, the firm’s LGBT Employee Resource Group, and is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  He serves as pro bono trademark counsel for a number of international and local non-profit organizations, and has been active in the community, serving on Lambda Legal’s Atlanta Leadership Committee and as a Board member for Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Stonewall Bar Association. Although Mike spent much of his career based in Atlanta, he currently spends most of his time in New York, where he lives with his life partner, Thomas.  


Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Fellow Year


Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property


I serve clients in a wide variety of industries.

Leadership Positions

Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Board of Directors, Past President Lambda Legal, Atlanta Leadership Committee Stonewall Bar Association, Board of Directors International Trademark Association, INTA Bulletins Committee Kilpatrick Townsend, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member KT PROUD (LGBT Employee Resource Group), Leader

Law School

Mercer University

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