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Ian C. Ballon, Susan L. Heller Selected as 2018 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” by the Daily Journal

LOS ANGELES and ORANGE COUNTY– April 18, 2018 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller have been named among the “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California” for 2018 by The Daily Journal. Both Ballon and Heller have consistently been selected for the prestigious annual list, which recognizes attorneys who provide innovative, creative, and winning strategies for clients’ intellectual property matters.

“We are proud of Ian and Susan for this well-deserved recognition,” said Matthew B. Gorson, Greenberg Traurig’s senior chairman. “Their inclusion on this list, year after year, is a testament to their work-ethic, dedication to their clients, and impactful achievements in the field of intellectual property.”

The Daily Journal’s “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” are selected from among hundreds of nominees from law firms, public agencies, nonprofits, and universities, honoring attorneys on the cutting edge of intellectual property work.

Ballon, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and an internet and mobile litigation shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices, defends data privacy, security breach, and TCPA class action suits, in addition to representing companies in other technology, IP and internet, and mobile-related complex litigation. A list of his recent cases may be found within Ian Ballon's Work Experience and Bio. He is also the author of the leading treatise on internet law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2nd edition, the 5-volume set published by West (, which includes extensive sections on data privacy, cybersecurity, and defending class action suits. In addition, he is the author of “The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook” (West 2008) and “The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook” (West 2009). Ballon serves as executive director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce. He was previously included on the Daily Journal’s 2017 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” list, as well as being recognized as a “Groundbreaker” in The Recorder’s 2017 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards and an intellectual property “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. He was named the “Lawyer of the Year” for information technology law in the 2018, 2016, and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition to his J.D. and LL.M., Ballon holds the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Heller, co-managing shareholder of the firm’s Orange County office, chair of the Global Trademark & Brand Management Group, and co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, is consistently recognized as having one of the preeminent international trademark practices in the country and for being a game-changer in the field. When the stakes are high and critical brands are at risk, Fortune 500 companies, world champion athletes, high-net-worth individuals, A-list celebrities, and highly visible pre-IPO companies turn to Heller for her strategic thought leadership and counsel, honed by her three decades of experience. At the forefront of global strategic management and monetization of big name brands on a worldwide level, she is known for developing cutting-edge branding strategies and solutions, most notably in "bet-the brand," high stakes trademark cases. Heller works directly with CEOs and senior executives, in and out of corporate boardrooms. Her practice has spanned over 30 years across virtually every industry and in most jurisdictions throughout the world. Heller serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the UCI Merage School of Business, Executive Committee of the USC IP Institute, and Cornell University’s President's Council of Cornell Women. The National Diversity Council named Heller one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the US; Euromoney named her the winner of its Americas Women in Business Law Awards, “Best in Trademark,” two years in a row; Best Lawyers in America named her “Lawyer of the Year,” Trademark Law for Los Angeles; and Marquis Who’s Who recognized her with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice
With more than 180 intellectual property attorneys and agents in the United States, Asia, and Europe, 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 by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2017 “Best Law Firms Rankings."

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.