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Greenberg Traurig’s Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller Named to 2023 ‘Top Intellectual Property Lawyers’ List

LOS ANGELES – May 30, 2023 – Ian C. Ballon and Susan L. Heller, shareholders of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been recognized by the Daily Journal’s “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers of California” list for 2023. Ballon and Heller are consistently named to the prestigious annual list, which honors attorneys on the cutting edge of intellectual property work according to the publication.

Ballon, who is based in Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices, is co-chair of the firm’s global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. He is an internet litigator who represents clients in copyright, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, security, software, database, and Internet- and mobile-related disputes, and in the defense of data privacy, cybersecurity breach, adtech and behavioral advertising, TCPA, and other Internet-related class action suits. In addition to his practice, Ballon authors the five-volume legal treatise, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise With Forms 2d Edition (West 2008 & 2022 Cum. Supp., and the earlier first edition, which has been cited in state and federal court opinions. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and served as an advisor to its international intellectual property jurisdiction project and is a member of the consultative group for the American Law Institute’s Data Privacy Principles of Law project.

Heller is co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Orange County office, co-chair of the firm's global Trademark & Brand Management Group, and senior advisor to the firm’s Women’s Initiative. She is consistently recognized by numerous publications and organizations as having one of the preeminent and most innovative international trademark practices in the country. 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-initial public offering companies turn to Heller for her strategic thought leadership and counsel, honed by three decades of experience. In 2020, Heller was selected to be a member of the prestigious United Nations’ Artificial Intelligence Initiative (AI For Good), joining an elite team of law firm leaders, international business executives, university deans, and UN thought leaders. She also serves on the Board of Visitors at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of California, Irvine’s Merage School of Business, and on the Board of Human Options, an organization whose mission is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice: With more than 260 intellectual property attorneys and patent 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 and Litigation, Copyright Law, Technology Law, and Information Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2023 “Best Law Firms." In addition, Greenberg Traurig was named a “Law Firm of the Year” for Trademark Law in the 2020 and 2022 editions of “Best Law Firms." The BTI Consulting Group named Greenberg Traurig’s IP Litigation Practice a ‘Litigation Standout’ in the “BTI Litigation Outlook 2023: Litigation Spending in the Uncertain Economy and Beyond.”

About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2650 attorneys in 45 locations in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. The firm is a 2022 BTI “Highly Recommended Law Firm” for superior client service and is consistently among the top firms on the Am Law Global 100 and NLJ 250. Greenberg Traurig is Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus by The Diversity Lab. The firm is recognized for powering its U.S. offices with 100% renewable energy as certified by the Center for Resource Solutions Green-e® Energy program and is a member of the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program. The firm is known for its philanthropic giving, innovation, diversity, and pro bono. Web: