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About Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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 620 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 more than 600 attorneys and 17 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 in a lawsuit brought by Rosa Parks claiming defamation in the production of the Outkast 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.

Why Work Here

Advancing The Legal Profession Worldwide

From Atlanta to D.C, New York to San Francisco, and even Stockholm to Shanghai, our attorneys address the sophisticated needs of a global economy.

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

1100 Peachtree Street
Suite 2800
Atlanta, GA 30309-4528
Phone: (404) 815-6555


Firm Chair: Henry Walker
Managing Partner: Susan Spaeth
Hiring Partner: Michael Turton

Base Salary

1st year: $135,000/$180,000/$190,000*
Summer associate: $3,173-$3,654/week
*Compensation varies by location.

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
16 out of 16 (2Ls) (2018)

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Anchorage, AK
Augusta, GA
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Raleigh, NC
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
Walnut Creek, CA
Washington, DC
Winston-Salem, NC

Major Departments & Practices

Advertising & Publishing
Aerospace & Defense
Banking & Credit Unions
Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
Business & Finance
Chemistry & Life Sciences
Construction & Infrastructure
Education & Research
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Financial Services
Government & Municipalities
Government & Regulatory
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Technology
Hospitality & Gaming
Intellectual Property
Investment & Securities
Labor & Employment
Latin America
Native American
Non-profit & Trade Associations
Oil & Gas-Petrochemicals
Paper & Packaging
Professional Services
Real Estate
Retail & Consumer Goods
Semiconductors & Electronics
Technology & Software
Utilities & Power Systems
Water & Wastewater