“They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I have built my practice proving that, very often, it’s also an infringement on intellectual property.”


Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®️ Intellectual Property since 2006, Copyright Law since 2011, Litigation - Intellectual Property since 2011, Litigation - Patent since 2011, Patent Law since 2011, Trademark Law since 2011, Trade Secrets Law (2024)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®️, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Intellectual Property, Columbia, SC (2022)
  • Benchmark, Local Litigation Star, South Carolina (2021, 2023)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating
  • Supreme Court of SC's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline (1995-1997)
  • Supreme Court of SC's Commission on Lawyer Conduct (1997-1998; 2000-2004)
  • SC Bar Ethics Advisory Committee - Chair
  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Intellectual Property
  • Managing Intellectual Property, ''IP Stars"
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow



Professional & Community

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections)
  • Fédération Internationale Des Conseils En Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) - U.S. Section, Council Member


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About Burr & Forman Sports Law

The Burr & Forman Sports Law team includes attorneys from a variety of legal and college athletic backgrounds, who provide counsel on marketing, licensing and other agreements. The team, which includes NFLPA certified contract advisors, has represented professional athletes in marketing and other deals, negotiated NIL contracts with NCAA coaching legends, represented professional sports organizations, and negotiated deals with major sporting television networks.

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