With a history dating back to 1853, Phelps Dunbar underwent several expansions and name changes over the years before officially adopting its current moniker in 1990. It is generally regarded as a top-tier regional law firm in the Southeast, employing more than 260 attorneys across offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina.
The handful of Louisiana-based attorneys managing intellectual property are largely known for patent and trademark counseling as well as portfolio development and management services. Firm partner Mary Ellen Roy in the New Orleans office is singled out by peers and clients alike for her expertise in commercial litigation and IP law. Her experience with internet and technology law includes arbitration of domain name disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
David Patrón branches out beyond his substantial commercial litigation experience to represent and counsel various corporate clients in licensing and other transactional deals. In the Baton Rouge office, Allen Darden practices primarily in the area of professional liability defense for architects and engineers, but he earns further note for his experience handling proceedings at the USPTO and the US Copyright Office.