February 10, 2023

Faegre Drinker Intellectual Property Practice and Attorneys Ranked in 2023 Edition of WTR 1000

World Trademark Review

Faegre Drinker’s intellectual property practice and partners have been recognized among top trademark firms and individuals in the latest annual World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 ‒ the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals and firms in key jurisdictions around the globe. Intellectual Property teams in Colorado, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota are identified as standouts. Faegre Drinker attorneys Emily Bayton, Jared Briant, Tore Thomas DeBella, Jennifer Dean, Melissa Dillenbeck, Stephanie Gumm, Louis Perry, James Saul and James Steffen all received individual rankings by WTR as well.

Now in its thirteenth year, the WTR 1000 ranks firms and individuals that are “deemed outstanding at obtaining, protecting, managing, enforcing and monetizing trademarks.” WTR undertakes exhaustive qualitative research to identify top firms and individuals, including in-person, telephone and video interviews and written submissions from firms detailing their recent activity in the field.


The firm’s practice in Colorado, which received a bronze ranking, is highlighted for the security and protection they offer clients. The group is described as possessing “a deep knowledge not just of trademark law but also marketing practices, advertising, promotions and social media.” Returning to the rankings for the fifth year in a row, Emily Bayton is highlighted for her representation of one of the largest retailers in the United States and her work in global strategic advice and trademark prosecution. Joining the rankings this year is Jared Briant, who was called “a broad-minded IP expert with cultivated litigation skills.”

District of Columbia

In Washington, D.C., Faegre Drinker is recognized as a top firm, receiving a bronze ranking. The WTR 1000 features feedback that says, “Our experience with the Faegre Drinker team has been exemplary. It is extremely responsive, thorough and practical. The firm is a pleasure to deal with. I could not be more satisfied.” Clients highlighted Jennifer Dean for her knowledge of trademark law, professionalism and dedication and noted Tore DeBella’s ability to “break down very complex trademark matters and explain them to our business owners in a way that is understandable and actionable.”


The firm’s practice in Illinois received a bronze ranking, and the ranking praised James Saul and Melissa Dillenbeck for the quality of their work and their service. Clients noted their appreciation for Saul’s thoughtfulness throughout each step and Dillenbeck’s creativity and combination of strategy and practical defense.


In Indiana, Faegre Drinker received a silver ranking, noting standout partners Stephanie Gumm and Louis Perry. Gumm is highlighted for her ability to “handle everything from trademark clearance to prosecution, maintenance and enforcement brilliantly.” Perry returned to the rankings again this year for his practical counseling and ability to approach complex contentious matters.


The WTR 1000 recognizes the firm’s trademark practice in Minnesota with a silver ranking for its sophisticated trademark, copyright, advertising and media practice. James Steffen is mentioned for the eleventh year in a row as a partner that brand managers enjoy working with. As a go-to for several major organizations, Steffen is a knowledgeable IP group leader within the firm and the industry.

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