World Trademark Review Recognizes Honigman and 7 of its Partners in the 2023 WTR 1000 Rankings

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Honigman is pleased to announce its recognition by the World Trademark Review as a 2023 WTR 1000 ranked firm. In addition to the firm's recognition in Michigan, 7 Partners from across the firm have received rankings. The Partners are Julie Kretzschmer Reitz (Michigan), Anessa Owen Kramer (Michigan), Angela Sujek (Michigan), Leigh Taggart (Michigan), Deborah (Bea) Swedlow (Michigan), Mary Hyde (Illinois) and Rachel Hofstatter (DC Metro Area).

The annual WTR 1000 guide is a result of research including face-to-face/telephone interviews and exchanged correspondence over a four-month period with hundreds of lawyers, attorneys and their clients involved with trademarks.

The 2023 WTR 1000 Honigman descriptions are as follows:

Applying project management best practices, Honigman makes light work of major US and foreign prosecution initiatives, and gets rights on registers efficiently and within tight budgets. Not just a filing shop, the outfit has many attorneys with high-level enforcement and litigation skills and experience, and can ensure total brand protection. Leader of the trademarks side Julie Reitz “consistently delivers the quick turnaround required in fast-paced industries, makes the trademark process seamless and excels at helping clients understand their options and keeping them informed”.

Board of directors member Anessa Owen Kramer is a “fantastic business partner who gives practical advice while remaining creative and open to new approaches. She delivers exceptional value and flexibility, has substantial international experience and demonstrates extremely good instincts for conflict resolution and avoidance. She’s one of the best trademark attorneys in the US.”

Partner Angela Sujek shines for her “pragmatic and meticulous counsel. She fully understands her patrons’ business goals and provides solutions and advice that go a long way towards achieving them. She communicates brilliantly with all kinds of people, from entry-level folks to the C-Suite.” 

Leigh Taggart, meanwhile, “skilfully navigates complex cases, completes his work with the highest level of integrity and demonstrates an exceptional mastery of his craft. He presents novel and persuasive arguments.” He co-heads the IP litigation group with Deborah (Bea) Swedlow, who makes her debut in the rankings. Like Taggart, she strategises cleverly behind the scenes and presents well. She handles US and global trademark litigation and enforcement for the Kellogg Company, which also instructs the firm on portfolio management.

For more than eight years, Rachel Hofstatter of Honigman has been our point person for oppositions before the USPTO and for anti-counterfeiting work. Rachel knows our needs and business interests inside-out and always offers the best solutions. She is proactive and reliable, with a deep knowledge of US IP law.

Mary Hyde and the Hongiman team skilfully helped us to navigate complex litigation with sophisticated strategising. The work was done with the highest integrity; and their arguments were novel and persuasive.

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