Represented four major universities and The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in a trade dress infringement case. In an attempt to avoid the provisions of a prior settlement agreement, the defendant, a clothing provider, sold t-shirts and other merchandise bearing university colors that did not include any of the colleges’ registered marks. The firm secured a ruling rejecting the theory that school colors were aesthetically functional and that the defendant's use was "fair." After prevailing on summary judgment on the issue of liability for trademark infringement and unfair competition, we conducted a two-day jury trial on monetary relief. The plaintiffs recovered damages in the form of a reasonable royalty and an accounting of defendants’ profits. The defendants later appealed, and the Fifth Circuit unanimously affirmed. Louisiana State University v. Smack Apparel Co., 438 F. Supp. 2d 653 (E.D. La. 2006), aff'd, 550 F.3d 465 (5th Cir. 2008).

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Represented infrastructure company in connection with several toll road projects. more
Real estate investment and development for an international hotel company
Represented an international hotel company in negotiation of long term ground lease for new-build hotel to be connected to major regional retail more
Negotiation of long term lease and development agreement for an international hotel company
Represented an international hotel company in the negotiation of long term lease of condominium unit in multi-use high rise building on historic more
Domestic and international franchise counseling for Nexcen Brands Inc.
Developed new forms of Franchise Disclosure Documents and franchise agreements to be used in various Nexcen Brands Inc. franchise systems, including more