Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Selected as Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal

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Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Selected as Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal

Three attorneys from the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP have been named to the 2013 Daily Journal’s list of Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California. Illustrating the range of the firm’s, statewide Intellectual Property and Technology Practice, each of the named attorneys focuses their practice on a different aspect of intellectual property law. Ian C. Ballon (Internet Law) was recognized among the Top 75 IP Litigators, and Susan L. Heller (Trademarks/Brand Management) and Heather Meeker (Licensing) were recognized among the Top 25 Portfolio Managers.

“It is an honor to have three shareholders from our California IP practice represented on this prestigious list. It demonstrates the breadth and depth of our practice across the state,” said Matt Gorson, Co-Chair Elect of Greenberg Traurig. “We are proud of Ian, Susan and Heather for this well-earned recognition by the Daily Journal.”

Ballon, an Internet and intellectual property litigator is based in both Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. He represents technology, media, and entertainment companies in complex copyright, DMCA, Lanham Act and Internet-related litigation and counseling, including the defense of privacy class action suits. Ballon has served as lead counsel in numerous lawsuits involving novel and complex issues under copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), trademark infringement, cybersquatting, sponsored link, Internet advertising and other claims under the Lanham Act, and secondary liability and safe harbors issues applicable to Internet companies, social media, mobile devices and the cloud.

In addition to his litigation docket, Ballon is the author of the four-volume set titled E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise With Forms 2d Edition (Thomson West 2009 & 2012 Annual Supp.), the leading treatise in the field. See He also serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce. In 2010 Ballon was the recipient of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section’s Vanguard Award, named 2012 New Media Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association, and named as one of the 50 Game-Changing Attorneys in Variety's 2012 Legal Impact Report.

Heller, Chair of the firm’s Trademark and Brand Management Group, based in Los Angeles, represents highly visible Fortune 500 companies, world champion athletes, and A-list entertainment personalities, who turn to her for "bet-the brand," high stakes trademark matters. She helps her clients monetize and optimize their key brands and corporate images through strategic positioning, management and enforcement of their worldwide trademark, copyright and domain name portfolios, and extensive collateral product licensing. Heller partners with her clients, and works with their legal, marketing and business teams to ensure that marketing strategies and business sensitivities are integrated into her legal analysis and advice.

Heller has received numerous prestigious honors and awards from highly regarded organizations and publications naming her a leading California, US and international trademark attorney. She has served as the outside Director on the Board of Directors of Intangible Holding Companies for a number of highly visible, Fortune 500 companies, where she honed her ability to assess and apply legal objectives and business strategies to branding challenges. Heller's practice has spanned over 30 years across virtually every industry and in most jurisdictions throughout the world. She began her career as an Examining Attorney at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Meeker is Chair of the firm’s Global IP/IT Licensing and Transactions Group and co-managing Shareholder of the Silicon Valley office. She has nearly 20 years’ experience leading intellectual property technology and business transactions for technology clients, covering a range of industries including software, consumer electronics, web services, educational testing, computer equipment and medical devices. She has wide-ranging experience in intellectual property matters related to mergers and acquisitions. Meeker is also an internationally renowned expert, and a frequent writer and lecturer, on open source software licensing issues. Her clients in this area include many of the top technology companies in the world, ranging from Silicon Valley across the globe.

Meeker is a former adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law and UC Berkeley School of Law. She was an Adviser to the Principles of the Law of Software Contracts project of the American Law Institute. She is the author of several books including, most recently, “Technology Licensing: A Practitioner’s Guide” (American Bar Association 2010) and “The Open Source Alternative,” (Wiley 2008) a widely used handbook on open source software licensing for lawyers, engineers and businesspersons. She has been the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards from highly regarded organizations and publications, including being named as the 2012 “San Francisco Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®, and listed in Chambers and Partners USA Guide for Intellectual Property as well as IT and outsourcing (2008 – 2013).

With more than 200 intellectual property attorneys and agents, Greenberg Traurig provides a broad range of patent, trademark and copyright protection and strategic counseling. Greenberg Traurig was named a “National Tier 1” Law Firm for IP Litigation, Patent Law, Trademark and Information Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2013 “Best Law Firms Rankings” in November 2012. The firm was also named a “National Tier 2” Law Firm for Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2013 “Best Law Firms Rankings” in November 2012.

In California, Greenberg Traurig has nearly 200 attorneys servicing clients across five offices, in Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit

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