Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

THE SCOOP

Born of a January 2011 merger between the Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Stockton and Bay Area firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton's 550 attorneys have spread out from coast to coast and jumped to several other continents. The firm is particularly strong in intellectual property litigation, infrastructure, business law and financial dealings.

Relinquishing the And for the Ampersand

Kilpatrick's roots begin in 1874, when Atlanta lawyers Milton Candler and William Thomson hung their shingles in Atlanta, a practice which eventually evolved into Kilpatrick & Cody. In 1997, the firm merged with North Carolina-based Petree Stockton to form Kilpatrick Stockton. Kilpatrick was the first outside law firm retained by the Coca-Cola Company, one of Atlanta's largest businesses, securing the company's federal trademark back in 1893. With most of its offices located in the south, the firm also boasted a roster of clients including such well-known brand names as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Delta Air Lines, Inc., the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. By the time of its merger with Townsend and Townsend, Kilpatrick had also distinguished itself through its stellar patent group.

In 2011, Kilpatrick-with already strong practices in business law, finance and copyright and patent arenas-locked hands with Townsend and Townsend and Crew, a California firm focusing on class action work and intellectual property. With the merger, Kilpatrick, which had a substantial presence in the U.S. south and east coast and satellites in the Middle East and Stockholm, took advantage of Townsend's outposts on the west coast, Northwest and Asia. Today, the firm boasts about 620 attorneys and 71 offices worldwide. 

High-Profile IP Battles

Kilpatrick has a particularly strong reputation in the field of intellectual property. In one high-profile case, the firm's IP practice represented publisher Houghton Mifflin in a lawsuit brought by the estate of Margaret Mitchell to halt the publication of The Wind Done Gone, Alice Randall's reimagining of the Gone With the Wind story as seen through the eyes of an African-American slave. While the Mitchell Trusts claimed Randall's novel violated their copyright and hindered their ability to develop authorized sequels, Kilpatrick Stockton's attorneys successfully presented Randall's work as a parody protected by the First Amendment.

The firm has also represented the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. in its administration of the intellectual property rights to King's writings and speeches. CBS and various other networks have been on the receiving end of lawsuits over unauthorized use of the famous "I have a dream" speech. In a case involving another civil rights icon, Kilpatrick counseled LaFace Records (home to Outkast) in a lawsuit brought by Rosa Parks claiming defamation in the production of the song "Rosa Parks."

In 2008, Kilpatrick was a major player in the longstanding dispute between the Adidas sneakers empire and Payless Shoesource. The firm represented Adidas in its trademark infringement lawsuit against Payless based on the discount shoe retailer's alleged infringement of Adidas' signature Three-Stripe Mark. After 14 days of trial and two days of deliberating, the jury unanimously awarded $305 million to Adidas, including $137 million in punitive damages. The award was said to be the largest trademark infringement award in history. The case later settled after the award was reduced to $65 million.

More recently, the firm persuaded a Shanghai judge to confirm the $1.7 million settlement from an arbitration involving fashion designer Joseph Abboud. According to The American Lawyer, the victory was the first of its kind.

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


1100 Peachtree Street
Suite 2800
Atlanta, GA 30309-4530
Phone: (404) 815 6555
Fax: (404) 815-6555
www.kilpatricktownsend.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Firm Chair: Henry Walker
  • Managing Partner: Susan Spaeth
  • Hiring Partner: Charlie Henn
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 620

  • Employment Contact

    Katie Nowell
    Senior Recruiting Coordinator
    Atlanta, Georgia (GA) 30309
    Phone: (919) 420-1706
    Email: knowell@kilpatricktownsend.com
    Hiring Partners: Burleigh Singleton and Tim Cahn


  • Base Salary

    1st year: $135,000/$160,000
    Summer Associate: $2,600/$3,077 (weekly)

Major Office Locations

  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Augusta, GA
  • New York, NY
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Seattle, WA
  • Shanghai, China
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tokyo, Japan
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