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, United States. The firm has nineteen offices, including U.S. offices in Georgia, California, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Texas, Washington State, and the District of Columbia, and international offices in Japan, Shanghai, and Sweden. The firm is particularly well known for its intellectual property practice, and has represented major clients in cutting-edge IP cases. For example, the firm has represented Google in litigation related to its Google Print product,[1] and represented Sony in its suit against 21-year-old hacker George Hotz for jailbreaking the PS3.[2]


On January 1, 2011, Kilpatrick Stockton and Townsend Townsend and Crew (founded in 1860) merged to form Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.[3]

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.[4][5]

Key people[edit]


Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has over 270 partners.[6] 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.[7]
    • 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.[8]
  • Rupert Barkoff was named one of the top 10 franchise law practitioners in the world by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2006.[9][dead link][10]
  • 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 Dr. 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.[11]
    • 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.[8][12]
  • William H. Brewster was named one of 'The Best Lawyers in America 2006' in the field of Intellectual Property Law.[8][13]
  • 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.[14]
  • Keith Harper is one of the United States' leading Native American attorneys.[15] In 2008, the National Law Journal selected Keith as one of 50 "Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America."
    • 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.[15]
    • Harper is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma,[16] and serves as an appellate judge on the highest court of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.[15][17]
  • Susan M. Spaeth serves as the Managing Partner of the firm.[18]
  • J. Henry Walker IV serves as the firm Chairman.[19]
  • David M. Zacks is a past chairman of the American Cancer Society.[20]
    • 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.[8][21]

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". Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  3. ^ "Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP - History". Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  4. ^ Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site - Threat Level -, David Kravets, March 4, 2011,, retr 2011 03 06
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ "Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP - Professionals". 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  7. ^ "Alexander, Miles J." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "The Law News Network". LawFuel. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  10. ^ "Barkoff, Rupert M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  11. ^ "News Home". 11 October 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Beck, Joseph M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Brewster, William H." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Charnes, Adam H." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "Native Times". 14 July 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  16. ^ [2][dead link]
  17. ^ "Harper, Keith M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Spaeth, Susan M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Walker, J. Henry". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  20. ^ "ACS :: American Cancer Society Announces National Officers". 28 October 2006. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Zacks, David M." Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  22. ^ "9th Circ. Declines To Defrost 'Ice Age' TM Row With Fox - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  23. ^ a b c d e "Kilpatrick Pushes Past $1M in Profit Per Partner - Daily Report". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Brand Battles: PGA Tour, 'Game Of Thrones,' MPAA - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  25. ^ a b "BCBS Antitrust Judge Out Of Patience, But Not GIFs - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  26. ^ "General Error". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  27. ^ "DuPont Again Dodges Secrets Suit Over Recyclable Banners - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Google, Samsung Win Challenge Of Image Sharing Patent - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Hanesbrands Sues Over Alleged Champion TM Infringement - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Brand Battles: Wal-Mart, Kellogg's, Sony - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Levi Strauss Sues French Designer Over Jean Tabs - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  32. ^ "9th Circ. Revives Office Depot's Coverage Battle With AIG - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  33. ^ "NLRB Pares Down Pepsi Beverage Co. Bargaining Unit - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  34. ^ a b "Rainmaker Q&A: Kilpatrick Townsend's James Gilliland - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  35. ^ "PTAB Lets Credit Card Patent Claims Stand Under Alice - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  36. ^ "High Court Won't Review Wells Fargo ATM Patent Row - Law360". Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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