Virginia Taylor specializes in domestic and international trademark, unfair competition, advertising and copyright law, including both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular emphasis on international brand strategy. She has been recognized repeatedly as one of the World's Leading Women in Business Law.
Ms. Taylor has worked extensively in Europe and serves as the sole American law firm representative on the Council of MARQUES, the association of European Brand Owners. She has managed multiple confidential worldwide rights clearance and re-branding programs resulting from spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions by major publicly-traded companies. Her experience also includes drafting and negotiating endorsement and licensing agreements with athletes, designers and strategic brand extension partners in the sporting goods, apparel, footwear and luxury goods industries. Ms. Taylor has served as counsel in over 100 U.S. federal court matters relating to trademarks, advertising, personality rights, copyright, unfair competition and antitrust issues. She is admitted to the bars of the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Federal Circuits, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Taylor has been active for many years in International Trademark Association (INTA). She co-chaired the Annual Meeting of United States Trademark Association in Nashville and served on the Board of that organization at the time the International Trademark Association name was adopted. She has chaired the INTA Publications Committee and International Forums Committee and has served on multiple other INTA committees. She was the original editor of INTA’s State Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition and original author of the U.S. Chapter of Worldwide Trademark Transfers published by INTA. She has served as a seminar chair and a speaker on numerous programs for ALI-ABA, MARQUES and INTA. In 2014, she received the INTA President's Award, the organization's highest honor, in recognition of over 30 years of volunteer service to INTA and the trademark profession.
Ms. Taylor has been recognized in the leading directories of intellectual property lawyers, including The Best Lawyers in America® for over 10 years; Legal Media Group Expert Guides including: www.legalmediagroup.com; Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners and Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law; Who’s Who Legal; and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. She was also named a 2012 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Trademark Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Ms. Taylor has been repeatedly recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine, most recently in 2017. She was honored in 2017 by the Fulton County Daily Report with its “Lifetime Achievement” Award. Ms. Taylor is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.*
*AV® Preeminent™ is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.
Emory University School of Law, J.D.
Smith College, A.B.
Trustee of Atlanta Girls' School
Atlanta Lawyers Club
International Trademark Association (INTA), Publications Committee Member
MARQUES, Council Member, Programming Team Member
Smith College Club of Atlanta
Leadership Atlanta Alumna
Former Board Member of The Piedmont Park Conservancy; Emory University Law School Alumnae Council; YWCA of Metropolitan Atlanta; Olmstead Parks Society; and Citizen's Advisory Council of The Atlanta Regional Commission
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