LOS ANGELES & EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (April 9, 2014) – Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller, attorneys from the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP have been named to the Daily Journal’s 2014 list of Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California. Ballon (Internet Law) was recognized among the Top 75 IP Litigators and Heller (Trademarks/Brand Management) was recognized among the Top 25 Portfolio Managers.
Ballon, an intellectual property and internet litigator is based in both Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. He represents technology, media, and entertainment companies in complex copyright, DMCA, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, security, software, database, Internet and mobile disputes and in the defense of data privacy, behavioral advertising, TCPA and other Internet-related class action suits. A list of recent notable cases may be found at http://gtlaw.com/People/Ian-C-Ballon
In addition to his litigation docket, Ballon is the author of the four-volume set, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise With Forms 2d Edition (Thomson West 2009 & 2014 Annual Supp.), the leading treatise in the field. See www.IanBallon.net. He also serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce. Ballon is the 2010 recipient of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section’s Vanguard Award. He was named the 2012 New Media Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association, recognized as one of the 50 Game- Changing Attorneys in Variety's 2012 Legal Impact Report and named Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law Los Angeles in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Heller, Chair of the firm’s Global Trademarks and Brand Management Group, is based in Los Angeles. She represents highly visible Fortune 500 companies, world champion athletes, and A-list entertainment personalities, who turn to her for "bet-the brand," high stakes trademark matters. Heller helps her clients monetize and optimize their key brands and corporate images through strategic positioning, management and enforcement of their worldwide trademark, copyright and domain name portfolios, and extensive collateral product licensing. She partners with her clients, and works with their legal, marketing and business teams to ensure that marketing strategies and business sensitivities are integrated into her legal analysis and advice.
Heller is consistently recognized as having one of the preeminent trademark practices in the country and has received numerous prestigious honors and awards from highly regarded organizations and publications naming her a leading California, US and international trademark attorney. She has served as the outside Director on the Board of Directors of Intangible Holding Companies for a number of highly visible, Fortune 500 companies, where she honed her ability to assess and apply legal objectives and business strategies to branding challenges. Heller's practice has spanned over 30 years across virtually every industry and in most jurisdictions throughout the world. She began her career as an Examining Attorney at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
With more than 180 intellectual property and technology attorneys and agents, Greenberg Traurig provides a broad range of patent, trademark and copyright protection and strategic counseling. Greenberg Traurig was named a “National Tier 1” law firm for IP Litigation, Patent Law, Trademark and Information Technology Law in the U.S. News and Best Lawyers 2013 “Best Law Firms” guide. The firm was also named a “National Tier 2” law firm for Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and Technology Law in the U.S. News and Best Lawyers 2013 “Best Law Firms” guide.