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Greenberg Traurig’s Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller Honored as 2019 ‘Top Intellectual Property Lawyers' by Daily Journal

LOS ANGELES – April 17, 2019 – Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller, shareholders at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been recognized by the Daily Journal among its “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers of California” for 2019. The prestigious award recognizes attorneys who provide innovative, creative, and winning strategies for clients’ intellectual property matters, according to the publication. Both Ballon and Heller have consistently been selected for the annual list.

“We congratulate Susan and Ian on this well-deserved honor,” said Matthew B. Gorson, Greenberg Traurig’s senior chairman. “This award further highlights their innovative approach to intellectual property matters, their commitment to clients, and ability to consistently produce superior results.”

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, who is based in the firm’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices, is co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group and represents clients in internet- and mobile- related intellectual property and technology litigation (including copyright, trademark and patent infringement litigation, trade secret and right of publicity litigation, and matters involving database protection, screen scraping and AI) and in the defense of data privacy and cybersecurity class action suits.

He is also the author of the leading treatise on internet and mobile law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d edition, the 5-volume set published by West (, which includes extensive coverage of intellectual property law issues. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for E-Commerce, which hosts the annual Digital Economy Best Practices Conference where lawyers, scholars and judges are regularly featured and interact. See  

Ballon was named the Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law in the 2019, 2018, 2016, and 2013 editions of Best Lawyers in America. In both 2018 and 2019, he was recognized as one of the Top 1,000 trademark attorneys in the world for his litigation practice by World Trademark Review. In addition, in 2019, he was named one of the top 20 Cybersecurity lawyers in California and, in 2018, one of the Top Cybersecurity/Artificial Intelligence lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. He received the “Trailblazer” Award, Intellectual Property, 2017 from The National Law Journal and he has been recognized as a “Groundbreaker” in The Recorder’s 2017 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and served as an advisor to its international intellectual property jurisdiction project.

Heller, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Orange County office, chair of the Global Trademark & Brand Management Group, and co-chair of the global Greenberg Traurig 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 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, 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. She is also a board member of Orange County’s Human Options, an organization focused on breaking the cycle of domestic violence. 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,” for two consecutive years; Best Lawyers in America twice named her “Lawyer of the Year” in 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, 2018 “Best Law Firms Rankings."

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.