Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia, United States
No. of offices19
No. of attorneys650
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Date founded1860 (San Francisco, California)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is an international law firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm has nineteen offices, including U.S. offices in California, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Texas, Washington State, and the District of Columbia, and has presence via international offices in Japan, Shanghai, and Sweden. The firm is particularly well known for its intellectual property practice. Clients have included Google in litigation related to its Google Print product,[1] and Sony in its suit against 21-year-old hacker George Hotz for jailbreaking the PS3.[2]


In 1997, the firms Kilpatrick & Cody (founded, 1874 in Atlanta), and Petree Stockton (founded 1918 in Winston-Salem), merged to form Kilpatrick Stockton LLP.[3]

On January 1, 2011, Kilpatrick Stockton,[4] and Townsend and Townsend and Crew[5] (founded in 1860) merged to form Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.[6][7][8][9]

In 2011, the firm assisted Sony in its lawsuit against George Hotz and some people associated with the group fail0verflow for "jailbreaking" the PlayStation 3. This included the attempted subpoena of Hotz's webhost to gather information about visitors to the site, as well as attempted subpoenas of YouTube, Twitter, Blogger and PayPal.[10][11]

Key people[edit]


Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has over 270 partners.[12] The firm's most notable partners include the following:

  • Miles J. Alexander was the recipient of the International Trademark Association's 2002 President's Award.[13]
    • Alexander was honored in 'The Best Lawyers in America 2006' for his prowess in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust Law, Corporate Law, and Intellectual Property Law.[14]
    • James Cain, Former US Ambassador to Denmark and Former President of the NHL Team, Carolina Hurricanes
  • Joseph M. Beck is known for representing clients in high-profile cases.
    • Beck is lead counsel for Google in the Google Print case, and he has represented the family of Martin Luther King Jr. in intellectual property matters.
    • Beck also defended the musical group OutKast in 1999, when OutKast was sued by Rosa Parks over one of the group's most successful radio singles, which bore Parks' name as its title.[15]
    • In 2006, Beck was honored as one of 'The Best Lawyers in America' in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Entertainment Law, and Intellectual Property Law.[14][16]
  • William H. Brewster was named one of 'The Best Lawyers in America 2006' in the field of Intellectual Property Law.[14][17]
  • Adam Charnes served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.[18]
  • Keith Harper is one of the United States' leading Native American attorneys, and is no longer with the firm as of 2020.[19][20]
    • Harper has been involved in the Cobell v. Kempthorne case since its inception. He first represented the plaintiffs while working at the Native American Rights Fund, before he joined Kilpatrick Stockton.[21]
    • Harper is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma,[22] and serves as an appellate judge on the highest court of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.[citation needed] [23]
  • J. Henry Walker IV serves as the firm Chairman.[24]
  • David M. Zacks is a past chairman of the American Cancer Society.[25]
    • Zacks was named one of 'The Best Lawyers in America 2006' in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health Care Law, and Personal Injury Litigation.[14][26]

High-profile clients[edit]


  1. ^ "Google Searches for D.C. Presence | National Law Journal". 2006-02-03. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  2. ^ "Media Report January 21 - February 3, 2011". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  3. ^ "History". Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved 1 October 2020. The predecessor firms of Kilpatrick & Cody, founded in 1874 in Atlanta, and Petree Stockton, founded in 1918 in Winston-Salem, merged their well-established traditions of service in early 1997 to form Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. Today, the firm serves international and multinational clients from all over the world. We have been representing clients overseas since 1980, when our first European office opened.
  4. ^ "Kilpatrick Stockton LLP". Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. 2000-10-26. Archived from the original on 2000-10-27. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP". Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP. June 16, 1996. Archived from the original on 1996-12-28. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP - History". Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  7. ^ "Kilpatrick Stockton, Townsend And Townsend And Crew Merge - People in the News - Litigation - LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom". LexisNexis. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  8. ^ Craver, Richard (February 4, 2013). "Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton law firm acquires Los Angeles office". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 1 October 2020. Updated Apr 9, 2019
  9. ^ Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (3 November 2010). "Kilpatrick Stockton and Townsend and Townsend and Crew Unite". prnewswire. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  10. ^ Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site - Threat Level -, David Kravets, March 4, 2011,, retr 2011 03 06
  11. ^ Judge Illston Alters Some of Her Order; Issues Referred to Magistrate - Updated 2Xs, Pamela Jones, Groklaw, February 10, 2011, retrieved from on 2011 03 06
  12. ^ "Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP - Professionals". 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  13. ^ "Alexander, Miles J." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d "71 Kilpatrick Stockton attorneys honored by 'The Best Lawyers in America? 2006' - published in - Stay on top of the day's business & technology news". Archived from the original on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  15. ^ "News Home". 11 October 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Beck, Joseph M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Brewster, William H." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Charnes, Adam H." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  19. ^ Thomas, David (July 16, 2020). "1 Week After SCOTUS Win, Jenner Expands Native American Law Practice". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  20. ^ Edwards, Ben. "Jenner & Block hires team of eight from Kilpatrick Townsend to bolster Native American law practice". Retrieved 1 October 2020. The new hires include six lawyers and two government relations advisers, including partners Keith Harper, Charles Galbraith and Robert Harmala.
  21. ^ "Ambassador (ret.) Keith M. Harper | Watson Institute". Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ "Harper, Keith M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Walker, J. Henry". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  25. ^ "ACS :: American Cancer Society Announces National Officers". 28 October 2006. Archived from the original on 28 October 2006. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Zacks, David M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  27. ^ "9th Circ. Declines To Defrost 'Ice Age' TM Row With Fox - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  28. ^ a b c d e "Kilpatrick Pushes Past $1M in Profit Per Partner - Daily Report". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Brand Battles: PGA Tour, 'Game Of Thrones,' MPAA - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  30. ^ a b "BCBS Antitrust Judge Out Of Patience, But Not GIFs - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  31. ^ "General Error". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  32. ^ "DuPont Again Dodges Secrets Suit Over Recyclable Banners - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Google, Samsung Win Challenge Of Image Sharing Patent - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Hanesbrands Sues Over Alleged Champion TM Infringement - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  35. ^ "Brand Battles: Wal-Mart, Kellogg's, Sony - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Levi Strauss Sues French Designer Over Jean Tabs - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  37. ^ "9th Circ. Revives Office Depot's Coverage Battle With AIG - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  38. ^ "NLRB Pares Down Pepsi Beverage Co. Bargaining Unit - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  39. ^ a b "Rainmaker Q&A: Kilpatrick Townsend's James Gilliland - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  40. ^ "PTAB Lets Credit Card Patent Claims Stand Under Alice - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  41. ^ "High Court Won't Review Wells Fargo ATM Patent Row - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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