Austin Law Firm Pirkey Barber Restructures and Expands Leadership Team

Leading trademark law firm Pirkey Barber has announced that Wendy Larson has been named a partner in the firm. The promotion coincides with the firm converting to a Professional Limited Liability Company on June 1, 2012. Larson joins existing partners Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, Susan Hightower, and Chris Graff as members of Pirkey Barber PLLC.

Larson joined Pirkey Barber in 2007 as its first new attorney, and quickly became an integral part of the firm. A graduate of Cornell University with a J.D. from the University of Southern California, she practices trademark law with a focus on trademark litigation. She specializes in trademark matters particular to the Internet, including cybersquatting, keyword advertising, and social media issues.

Larson is listed in the Trademark Law section of the 2012 Best Lawyers in America. She recently led the firm’s successful effort in the first-ever Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) decision concerning a .XXX domain name.

“Today, brands are more vulnerable than they have ever been. Wendy’s expertise with Internet domain name issues as well as protection against abuses in the social media space is vital to the firm and to our clients,” said Lou Pirkey. “Having Wendy as part of the leadership team strengthens our position as one of the premier trademark law firms in the country.”

Bill Barber added, “Wendy is a terrific lawyer – bright, approachable, and exercises great judgment. We were lucky to find her, and we are so proud to welcome her as a member of the firm.”

Larson is a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association and on the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic Board of Advisors.

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