Five attorneys from Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC are listed as a Georgia Super Lawyer or Rising Star for 2017. The selected attorneys from the firm are listed the in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation, further indicating Meunier Carlin & Curfman’s prowess in IP litigation. Tony Askew, John Harbin and Steve Schaetzel are listed as a Super Lawyer. Katie Bates and David Moreland are listed as Rising Stars.

The attorneys are nominated based on evaluation of several factors, including peer recognition, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, pro bono activity, positions with the bar, as well as other achievements. Inclusion on the list is limited to only 5% of the lawyers per jurisdiction.

Tony Askew has more than 50 years of experience litigating patent, trademark and copyright cases across the U.S., including appearances before the United States Supreme Court and the United States International Trade Commission. He has served as the Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property matters since 1983.

John Harbin is a renowned trial attorney with three decades of experience in intellectual property and complex business cases, having tried more than 30 jury and bench trials in jurisdictions throughout the country, as well as at the ITC. John tries cases in a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, aerospace technology, industrial equipment, medical devices and biotechnology, and consumer products. John has also appeared as lead counsel before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in several inter partes review proceedings.

Steve Schaetzel’s experience includes serving as counsel, including lead counsel, on more than 100 IP cases before both trial and appellate courts. Further, Steve has been involved in dozens of oppositions  before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Steve has also served as lead counsel on many inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

David Moreland has an electrical engineering background and his practice focuses on litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent enforcement and defense. His successes include multiple favorable outcomes for clients in fields such as payment systems, business methods, semiconductors, computers, mobile devices and software. David is also well versed in IPR proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Katie Bates is known for her expertise in defending and asserting the intellectual property rights of her clients. Katie’s ascending career began as a Law Clerk for former Chief Judge Joel F. Dubina of the 11th Circuit, followed by her continued representation of clients in copyright, patent and trade secret disputes in both federal trial and appellate courts. Additionally, she represents trademark clients in a range of prosecution and transactional matters.