Greenberg Traurig is composed of nearly 200 attorneys and professionals including approximately 100 attorneys who are registered with the USPTO. The firm employs about 500 legal professionals in a wide range of geographic locations. At one time, Greenberg represented a high percentage of casino resorts in the state. The firm has ridden the data storage and telecom waves that hit the state in the last couple decades.
Renowned entertainment and intellectual property lawyer Mark Tratos is the founding shareholder of the firm's Las Vegas office, where he focuses his IP strategy and management practice on assisting companies in the entertainment, hospitality, telecommunications and media sectors with their IP-related needs. He recently defeated a copyright infringement claim against boxer Floyd Mayweather and his record company by showing the plaintiff could not prove his damages. Ed Chansky, a shareholder at the firm does work in trademark names and campaigns, dealing in issues involving sweepstakes, contests, gift cards, e-commerce, substantiation of advertising claims, ambush marketing on social media, and social gaming.
Howard & Howard is a full service law firm with 120 attorneys located between offices in Michigan, Illinois and Nevada. Three attorneys in the Nevada office focus their practice on IP matters, including trade secret licensing and protection, electronic data interchange, trademark registration with domestic and international protection, technology transfer and joint venturing. Trademark services include litigation, internet brand protection, domain name management and anti-counterfeiting services. The representation of clients in the casino gaming industry is central to the work handled out of Nevada. Other clients include automotive suppliers and manufacturers, financial institutions, commodity and chemical manufacturers, electronic manufacturers, major industrial corporations and advertising agencies.
My aim is ask them about their experiences in the early days of the firm, discuss some of the legal/industry/cultural trends from 60s and 70s, and get an idea of how the firm has evolved over the decades alongside peers like Knobbe, Fitzpatrick, et al.