Bill Brewster specializes in trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation. He has appeared in courtrooms across the country, including jury and bench trials, handled dozens of preliminary injunction and summary judgment motions, and argued numerous appeals. Mr. Brewster also has participated in arbitrations in trademark and advertising cases, as well as proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the NAD. He currently is co-chair of the firm's 80-lawyer Trademark & Copyright team.
Mr. Brewster is widely recognized as one of the top IP litigators in the country. In 2008, he was lead trial counsel in adidas v. Payless, obtaining the largest jury verdict and the largest judgment ever entered in a trademark case. In 2002, IP Worldwide featured Mr. Brewster among "The Magnificent Seven: IP's Best Young Trial Lawyers."
According to World Trademark Review, which ranks him in the top tier for US Enforcement and Litigation, "the 'sensational' Bill Brewster consistently ranks among the nation's premier litigators.'" They also have noted that "the superlative [Mr. Brewster] cuts a dash in the courtroom and has ‘impeccable customer service skills.'"
Legal 500 lists the firm as one of two Tier 1 trademark litigation practices, and named it Trademark Litigation Team of the Year in 2014, noting client comments regarding the team's "'excellent legal and industry knowledge, very short response times, and valuable advice.'" Legal 500 also lists Mr. Brewster as among the eight "Leading Lawyers" in US Trademark Litigation, noting "extensive appellate and trial experience" and that clients say he is "'a great lawyer, easy to work with and responsive.'"
Chambers USA lists Mr. Brewster in the top tier, and the firm as one of the top 5 trademark and copyright practices in the US, referring to the team's "renowned copyright and trademark offering." Mr. Brewster has been in The Best Lawyers in America® for over twenty years, and currently is listed in IP Litigation, Trademark Law, and Advertising Law. Other recognition includes:
• Benchmark: Litigation: "National Litigation Star" – IP; "Litigation Star" – Georgia
• Managing Intellectual Property: "IP Star"
• Managing IP North America: "Georgia IP Litigator of the Year"
• Lawdragon : Top 500 lawyers in the US
• Georgia "Legal Elite"/"Super Lawyer": IP and IP Litigation
• Martindale-Hubbell: AV® rated*
Starting in 2001, Mr. Brewster served as the firm's Managing Partner for six years. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning and client service, as well as the firm's day-to-day business. During his tenure, he was the youngest managing partner of any AmLaw 200 firm, and the firm opened in New York and expanded strategic practice areas. His service as Managing Partner followed his tenure as Chair of the IP Department, and provided him with unique mid-career, first-hand experience involving clients and their businesses, as well as the legal profession.
Mr. Brewster serves on the firm's Pro Bono Committee, and received the inaugural Intellectual Property Community Service Award from the State Bar, recognizing his pro bono work and time as Chair of the Board of Special Olympics Georgia. For fourteen years, Mr. Brewster taught trademark law as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law; he also taught ethics as an adjunct at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Capital City Club, and Farmington Country Club.
*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.
Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Sports & Entertainment Sections, Member
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member
Emory University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Trademark Law (2001 - present)
International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA), Member
International Trademark Association (INTA), Member and Past Chair of National Moot Court Competition
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Sports & Entertainment Sections, Member
University of Virginia School of Law, Associate Member of the Dean’s Council, Former Adjunct Professor