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has named WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Susan H. Cooper, Bradford A. De Vore, Richard E. Morton**

EQUIPMENT FINANCE LAW MOORE & VAN ALLEN Robert V. Baker, Robert I. Kenny page 10

FAMILY LAW

based on their particularly high level of peer recognition for 2017. NORTH CAROLINA METROS: CHARLOTTE GREENSBORO ASHEVILLE NORFOLK R ALEIGH WILMINGTON

Jason Sneed TRADEMARK LAW Charlotte, NC Jason Sneed has been practicing law for nearly 20 years, and his passion and love for the trademark and copyright field is as strong as ever. Mr. Sneed graduated in 1993 from Texas Christian University with a bachelor of arts in political science and went on to the University of Virginia School of Law where he graduated in 1997. He came to North Carolina three years later to work with Alston & Bird LLP in uptown Charlotte, and in his time there he became a partner as well as a Charlotte trademark practice group leader. However, after more than a decade at the firm, he left to create his own practice. SNEED PLLC is a boutique law firm specializing in trademark and copyright protection and enforcement. They’re a rarity—an intellectual property boutique that isn’t a patent firm, and they’re one of the only full-time trademark

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practitioners in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. They also make themselves accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses as well as larger companies and corporations by adjusting their rate structure and providing professional services to all clients. Within five years, SNEED PLLC has grown into a team of top-quality professionals who focus solely on trademark and copyright litigation (barring special exceptions). Mr. Sneed remarks highly on his time spent in the field, especially regarding the variety seen among his clients. “I love working in trademark law, as it allows us to work with innovative brands and creative people.” For instance, he works annually to protect the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from marketplace infringement or counterfeit goods, and recalls the case where they got a $900,000 jury verdict against a souvenir dealer who had infringed on their rights. “In trademark law, a lot of times success is defined by protecting a brand from infringement and really setting it on a path to grow, and then letting the business people worry about the bottom line and monetary issues. And so we get to define success a little bit differently than other areas of law, and in a way then, partner with our clients to grow rather than defending a distinct problem and worrying about the dollars and cents.” Mr. Sneed has received much acclaim and recognition over the years. He was listed as a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 for trademark law and also received recognition from Super Lawyers, IP Stars, and the North Carolina Legal Elite.

CHASE SAUNDERS Chase B. Saunders CHURCH WATSON LAW Kary C. Watson DI SANTI WATSON CAPUA & WILSON Andrea N. Capua DOZIER MILLER LAW GROUP Robert P. Hanner II, Scott T. Pollard, Richard D. Stephens ESSEX RICHARDS Robert S. Blair, Jr. FRED A. HICKS Fred A. Hicks HARKEY LAMBETH & GUNTER Dorian H. Gunter HATCHER LAW GROUP J. Gregory Hatcher, Courtney Hamer Smith HORACK, TALLEY, PHARR & LOWNDES Elizabeth T. Hodges, Elizabeth J. James, K. Mitchell Kelling, Gena G. Morris, Tate K. Sterrett JAMES, MCELROY & DIEHL William K. Diehl, Jr., Katherine S. Holliday, G. Russell Kornegay III THE JONAS LAW FIRM Johnathan L. Rhyne, Jr.

FAMILY LAW ARBITRATION

HATCHER LAW GROUP J. Gregory Hatcher

FAMILY LAW MEDIATION

ESSEX RICHARDS Robert S. Blair, Jr. HORACK, TALLEY, PHARR & LOWNDES Tate K. Sterrett

FIRST AMENDMENT LAW

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS Corby Cochran Anderson ESSEX RICHARDS Jonathan Edward Buchan* MCGUIREWOODS Bradley R. Kutrow* MULLEN HOLLAND & COOPER John H. Hasty TIN FULTON WALKER & OWEN John W. Gresham*

FRANCHISE LAW

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS Corby Cochran Anderson, Theodore Pearce

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS PRACTICE

K&L GATES Bailey Patrick, Jr. MOORE & VAN ALLEN Jefferson W. Brown page 10

HEALTH CARE LAW

MOORE & VAN ALLEN Russell F. Sizemore (EM, LE*) page 10 NEXSEN PRUET John D. Cole (EM) OGLETREE, DEAKINS, NASH, SMOAK & STEWART Kelly S. Hughes (LE*), Robert S. Phifer (EM, LE*) PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN M. Crotty (EM, LE*), Keith M. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Jonathan Weddington (EM, LE*), Stacy K. Wood ADDITON, HIGGINS & PENDLETON (EM, LE*, LM) John J. Barnhardt III (C, IP*, P, P*, T), POYNER SPRUILL John P. Higgins (IP*, P*), James A. David L. Terry (EM) Witherspoon (P) RICHARD F. KANE Richard F. Kane (EM, LM) ALEXANDER RICKS Alice Carmichael Richey (IP*) ROBINSON BRADSHAW & HINSON Douglas M. Jarrell (LE*), Charles E. ALLAN IP LITIGATION Albert P. Allan (IP*) Johnson (EM, LM), Angelique R. VincentALSTON & BIRD Hamacher (LE*), John R. Wester (LE*), Blas P. Arroyo (IP*, P*), Martha Gayle David C. Wright III (EM, LM), Julian H. Barber (T), Kirk T. Bradley (P, P*), Michael Wright, Jr. (EM, LE*, LM) S. Connor (IP*, P*), Brian C. Ellsworth SARAH J. KROMER (P), Chris Gegg (P), Guy R. Gosnell (P), Sarah J. Kromer (EI, EM, LE*) Larry C. Jones (IP*, T), Michael D. McCoy SHARPE LAW OFFICE (IP*), Richard M. McDermott (IP*, P*), S. Jenny L. Sharpe (EM) Benjamin Pleune (IP*, P*), Bruce J. Rose SHUMAKER, LOOP & KENDRICK (IP*, P*), M. Scott Stevens (IP*, P*), William H. Sturges (EM, LM) George M. Taulbee (P) SMITH LAW FIRM John Brem Smith (EI, LE*) BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS Corby Cochran Anderson (IP*, T) TIN FULTON WALKER & OWEN C. Margaret Errington (EI), John W. BRYAN CAVE Benjamin F. Sidbury (P*) Gresham (LE*), S. Luke Largess (EI, LE*) HUNTON & WILLIAMS VAN HOY, REUTLINGER, ADAMS & DUNN Nash E. Long III (IP*) G. Bryan Adams III (EM, LE*, LM), Stephen J. Dunn (EM, LE*, LM), Craig A. KING & SPALDING Timothy G. Barber (IP*) Reutlinger (EM, LE*, LM), Philip M. Van Hoy (EM, LE*, LM) MCNAIR LAW FIRM Lance A. Lawson (IP*, P*) VAN KAMPEN LAW MOORE & VAN ALLEN Joshua R. Van Kampen (LE*) Dickson M. Lupo (C, IP*, P, P*, T), W. page 11 Kevin Ransom (P), Henry B. Ward III (T), WINSTON & STRAWN J. Mark Wilson (C, IP*, P) Wood W. Lay (EM, LM) page 10 WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Sean F. Perrin (LE*), Richard L. Rainey NELSON MULLINS RILEY & (EM, LE*) SCARBOROUGH Susan S. Jackson (C, P, T), Craig N. Killen (IP*), Karl S. Sawyer, Jr. (C, IP*, P, P*, T) LAND USE & ZONING LAW PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN HAMILTON STEPHENS STEELE + MARTIN Michael G. Adams (IP*) Keith J. Merritt* PARSONS SUMMA HENDERSON, NYSTROM, FLETCHER Philip Summa (P) & TYDINGS ROBINSON BRADSHAW & HINSON Robert E. Henderson** Robert M. Bryan (P*), Jonathan C. Krisko JAMES, MCELROY & DIEHL (IP*), Lawrence C. Moore III (IP*), John Richard B. Fennell* R. Wester (IP*) K&L GATES SCHWARTZ LAW FIRM Stephen R. McCrae, Jr., Bailey Patrick, Jr. Jeffrey J. Schwartz (P, T) MOORE & VAN ALLEN SHUMAKER, LOOP & KENDRICK Jefferson W. Brown, J. Christopher Wesley Thaddeus Adams III (P, P*, T) Oates SNEED Jason Sneed (IP*, T) page 10 TREGO, HINES & LADENHEIM NEXSEN PRUET Matthew J. Ladenheim (C, T) Joseph D. McCullough VLP LAW GROUP PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN Brian M. Davis (C, T) Anthony Fox** WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE ROBINSON BRADSHAW & HINSON Christopher Orders (IP*), Andrew T. John H. Carmichael**, Richard A. Spence (P), Michael A. Tobin (C, P, T) Vinroot* LOOP & KENDRICK INTERNATIONAL MERGERS SHUMAKER, William H. Sturges & ACQUISITIONS WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Robert G. Brinkley WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Jeffrey S. Hay JONES, HEWSON & WOOLARD Robert G. Spratt III MCANGUS GOUDELOCK & COURIE John P. Barringer** MCGUIREWOODS L. D. Simmons II PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN Josephine H. Hicks, Chip Holmes ROBINSON BRADSHAW & HINSON R. Steven DeGeorge, Jonathan C. Krisko*

LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW INTERNATIONAL TRADE POYNER SPRUILL

JOHNSTON, ALLISON & HORD AND FINANCE LAW James W. Allison, John A. Morrice ALSTON & BIRD MCGUIREWOODS John F. Baron Barton C. Walker K&L GATES MOORE & VAN ALLEN John D. Allison Carol Ewald Bowen, Kimberly Short Kirk MOORE & VAN ALLEN page 10 Ernest W. Reigel PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN page 10 John H. Beyer*, Chip Holmes*, Joy M. ROBINSON BRADSHAW & HINSON Hord, S. Rogers Warner, Jr. Peter C. Buck, Russell M. Robinson II ROBINSON BRADSHAW & HINSON John B. Garver III, Jennifer Csik Hutchens LABOR AND WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Mark J. Horoschak, Raboteau T. Wilder, Jr. EMPLOYMENT LAW COPELEY JOHNSON & GRONINGER IMMIGRATION LAW Ann E. Groninger (EI) CRANFILL SUMNER & HARTZOG ALAN GORDON IMMIGRATION LAW Patrick H. Flanagan (EM, LE*) Alan S. Gordon ESSEX RICHARDS AZIZ LAW FIRM Edward G. Connette III (EI, LE*), N. Renee Cynthia Aziz, Elizabeth R. Edwards Hughes (EM, LE*) GARFINKEL IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM FERGUSON CHAMBERS & SUMTER Jennifer L. Cory, Steven H. Garfinkel, Geraldine Sumter (EI, LE*) Hannah Little FISHER PHILLIPS KUSHNER & KUSHNER Mason G. Alexander (EM, LE*, LM), Kevin Howard L. Kushner J. Dalton (EM, LM) MOORE & VAN ALLEN FOSBINDER LAW OFFICE Stephen M. Hader Julie H. Fosbinder (EI, LE*) page 10 GARDNER SKELTON Nicole L. Gardner (EM) HUNTON & WILLIAMS INFORMATION A. Todd Brown (EI, EM, LE*) TECHNOLOGY LAW JAMES, MCELROY & DIEHL Richard B. Fennell (LE*) WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Michael A. Tobin JOHNSTON, ALLISON & HORD Patrick E. Kelly (EI, EM) INSURANCE LAW LITTLER MENDELSON Stephen D. Dellinger (LM) CAUDLE & SPEARS MALONEY LAW & ASSOCIATES Harold Craig Spears Margaret Behringer Maloney (LE*, LU) DEVORE, ACTON & STAFFORD MCGUIREWOODS William D. Acton Jr. Brian D. Barger (LE*), Irving M. Brenner GOLDING HOLDEN & POPE (LE*), Susan Dion (EM), John G. C. Byron Holden, James W. Pope** McDonald (EM), Paul M. Navarro (EM, HORACK, TALLEY, PHARR & LOWNDES LE*), Bruce M. Steen (EM, LE*, LM), H. Robert B. McNeill, Kimberly Sullivan* Landis Wade, Jr. (EI, EM, LE*, LM)

E. Fitzgerald Parnell III (D), Cynthia L. Van Horne (D)

LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY LAW

TROUTMAN SANDERS Walter D. Fisher, Jr.

LEVERAGED BUYOUTS AND PRIVATE EQUITY LAW

ALSTON & BIRD H. Bryan Ives III, C. Mark Kelly K&L GATES Brett A. Durham, T. Richard Giovannelli, Sean M. Jones, Stephen K. Rhyne, Kevin P. Stichter ROBINSON BRADSHAW & HINSON Peter C. Buck, John M. Herring, Haynes P. Lea WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Jeffrey S. Hay

LITIGATION - REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT (SEC, TELECOM, ENERGY)

CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT Anne M. Tompkins KING & SPALDING Cory Hohnbaum MCGUIREWOODS Kenneth D. Bell MOORE & VAN ALLEN James P. McLoughlin, Jr. page 10 WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Jim D. Cooley

MASS TORT LITIGATION / CLASS ACTIONS

MCGUIREWOODS Douglas W. Ey, Jr. (D) NELSON MULLINS RILEY & SCARBOROUGH David Neal Allen (D), Tracy Tomlin (D)

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