Mark VanderBroek has become a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough after 28 years at Troutman Sanders, where he was a partner. VanderBroek is a business litigator with a focus on intellectual property and franchise disputes. He also handles alternative dispute resolution.
He’s represented Chick-fil-A in copyright and trademark infringement disputes over its cow spokes-animals and “Eat Mor Chiken” mark and handled other IP disputes over copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, false advertising, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and unfair competition. He’s represented franchisers such as Shoney’s, Atlanta Bread Co., Ramada, Days Inn, Century 21 and Coldwell Banker in franchise, trademark and trade secret disputes.
Todd Duffield has joined labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart’s Atlanta office as a shareholder from the New York office of Paul Hastings, where he co-chaired the traditional labor group.
Duffield has represented management in union organizing campaigns and elections and defended companies in unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board. He was special labor counsel to American Airlines in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding seeking rejection of the company’s nine collective bargaining agreements. Duffield also represents management in employment law cases.
Gaylon Hollis has joined IP firm Merchant & Gould as an associate after almost a decade at Lockheed Martin, where he was a systems engineer. Hollis earned a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in 2009 and holds master’s degrees in both electrical and mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers.
IP firm Cantor Colburn has added Christopher Potts as an associate. Potts previously worked at Nutter McClennen & Fish in Boston, handling patent prosecution for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures and other patents in the chemical, biological and mechanical arts. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law.
The Atlanta Hawks recognized Greenberg Traurig’s local managing shareholder Ernest Greer at its home game against the Indiana Pacers last night as an African-American Trailblazer for his contributions to the Atlanta community. Greer is one of six Hawks Trailblazers whom the basketball team is honoring at its February home games to mark Black History Month.
The Hawks cited Greer’s pioneering efforts to become a leader in the legal community and his recent election as chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce—the first lawyer elected to lead the group in recent history.
The other Hawks Trailblazers are the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, which gives harp lessons to at-risk Atlanta Public Schools students; Hill Harper, a star of “CSI: NY” and philanthropist; Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, who started a national coalition of running groups, Black Girls RUN!, to combat obesity in the African-American community; civil rights trailblazer Dr. C.T. Vivian; and business leader Scarlet Pressley-Brown, the head of strategic partnerships at the National Center for Civil & Human Rights and community relations director for the Delta Air Lines Foundation.
The State Bar of Georgia will honor nine lawyers with its 15th annual Justice Robert Benham Community Service Awards on Feb. 25. This year’s recipients include Atlantans Marquetta Bryan of Carlock, Copeland & Stair; Charles Huddleston of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Patricia Killingsworth of BAY Mediation and Arbitration Services.
Other recipients are: C. Talley Wells, the director of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s disability integration project in Decatur; Cindy Manning of Manning Levine & Marlow in Peachtree City; J. Edward Allen Jr. of Fortson, Bentley & Griffin in Athens; Lovett Bennett Jr., a solo practitioner in Statesboro; and J. Lane Bearden, a Gordon County juvenile court judge and member of the Bearden Law Firm in Calhoun.
Joseph Bankoff will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the bar and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism for his work in the community. Bankoff is the chairman of Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the former president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center and a former King & Spalding partner.
The awards presentation will be 6-8 p.m. at the State Bar’s headquarters at 104 Marietta St. N.W., followed by a reception. Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham will present the awards, and the court’s chief justice, Hugh Thompson, will make remarks.
The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Contact Nneka Harris-Daniel of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism at (404) 225-5040.