Logo in the reception area of Greenspoon Marder in the Miami, Florida, office
Logo in the reception area of Greenspoon Marder in the Miami, Florida, office (J. Albert Diaz)

Fueled in part by its investment in the cannabis industry, booming Greenspoon Marder is expanding its intellectual property and complex litigation practices in San Diego with three new lawyers from Handal & Associates.

Name partner Anton N. Handal and two attorneys—Gabriel Hedrick and Lauren Kane—are joining the firm’s intellectual property practice, which launched last October with the addition of patent attorneys Kelly Hollowell and Justin McNaughton in Nashville, Tennessee. The practice focuses on patent and trademark strategies, registrations, portfolio management, licensing and litigation, both domestically and internationally. The attorneys represent a range of clients from individual investors and entrepreneurs to small and midsized businesses and large multinational corporations.

“Clients have been clamoring for IP representation,” said Greenspoon Marder’s chief marketing officer Michelle Martinez Reyes. Much of the demand has been in the cannabis sector relating to labeling, packaging and trademark issues, she said.

Handal, who joins Greenspoon Marder as a partner in the intellectual property practice, is a former CEO of a startup technology company. He has secured patents, directed financial transactions, negotiated contracts, raised capital and handled communications with shareholder/investors, and has litigation experience before federal, state and administrative courts. He recently litigated an International Trade Commission action to successful completion in Washington, D.C.

Hedrick is a litigator with a background in complex corporate transactional matters, including intellectual property litigation, who joins as senior counsel. He has represented various multinational companies, individuals, governmental entities and national insurance companies in disputes, including intellectual property licensing, corporate transactions, partnership and shareholder disputes, and contract disputes.

Associate Kane’s practice is primarily focused on the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in civil business litigation, including lawsuits relating to partnerships, joint ventures, fiduciary relationships and various business torts and intellectual property.

The firm has also promoted Fort Lauderdale litigation shareholder Rebecca Bratter to deputy managing shareholder.

Bratter, who began at Greenspoon Marder as a law clerk in 2001 and worked her way up to chairwoman of the banking and finance litigation practice, has been working for five years with firm co-founders Gerry Greenspoon and Michael Marder in executing the firm’s internal and external strategy. Bratter will focus on firm administration, operations, strategy and growth. She also serves on the firm’s management, diversity and foundation committees.

Greenspoon Marder’s net income shot up 42.3 percent in 2016 and gross revenues increased 17.2 percent as the firm expanded in both corporate work and in the national legalized marijuana sphere. It added 59 lawyers and opened in five new cities last year.

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