Chris Bussert has more than 30 years of experience in helping clients protect and defend their most important assets and brands. Mr. Bussert represents clients in trademark, franchise, copyright, and unfair competition litigation, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in licensing and trademark clearance and prosecution matters.

Mr. Bussert was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Franchise Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law in 2018 and the 11 years immediately preceding, and was also named a 2015 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Franchise Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. He was listed in “The Trademark Experts’ Experts” by World Trademark Review, and was selected in World Trademark Review's inaugural guide to the top 1,000 trademark practitioners in the world. He is also listed in the "International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers", the "International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers", and the "International Who's Who of Business Lawyers" by Law Business Research Ltd. He was named a 2008 Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the areas of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation and Franchise/Dealership Law by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Bussert has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend's 2012 “Legal Elite” for Intellectual Property Law. In 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017, he was named a "Legal Eagle" by Franchise Times and was named by Legal Media Group to the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Lawyers. He was listed in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA for Franchising and was also ranked nationally for Franchising in the 2017 edition. Mr. Bussert is a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award USA & Canada in the Intellectual Property - Trademarks category for Georgia from Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO). He received the 2010 University of Toledo College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Bussert is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

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Professional & Community Activities

ABA Forum on Franchising, Former Governing Committee, Member, Co-Chair 2016 Annual Meeting — Miami Beach, Florida (2016)

The Franchise Law Journal, Former Editor-in-Chief

The Intellectual Property Strategist, Editor

The Trademark Reporter, Former Editor

The International Trademark Association (INTA), ADR Outreach Subcommittee Chair (2009 - 2011), ADR Law Firm Outreach Subcommittee Chair (2007 - 2009), Annual Meeting, Past Chair (2004), Information Resources Committee, Past Chair, Vice-Chair and Subcommittee Chair (1997 - 2003)

Kalamazoo College, Board of Trustees, Former Member, and Alumni Association Executive Board, Past President

University of Toledo College of Law, Dean’s Advisory Council

United States Tennis Association - Georgia, Investment Committee, Member (Since 2013)

United States Tennis Association - Georgia, Area Representative (Since 2015)

United States Tennis Association - Georgia, Adult Competition Committee, Chair (Since 2017)

Georgia Senior Cup Team, Captain (Since 2017)

USA Gordon Trophy, International Team (Since 2016), Men’s 60s, Captain (2017)

Georgia State College of Law, Past Adjunct Professor

University of Georgia, Lecturer

University of Toledo College of Law, Lecturer


  • University of Toledo, J.D. (1983)
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Kalamazoo College, B.A., Biology (1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1986)
  • Indiana (1983)


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1986)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1992)
  • Supreme Court of Georgia (1995)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2005)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2005)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Doing what it takes to achieve a client's strategic objectives.

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
t +1 404.815.6545
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Christopher P. Bussert

Experience Highlights

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Group, et al. v. John Does, et al.
Represented Harley-Davidson in obtaining a multi-county preliminary injunction and seizure order in connection with anticipated counterfeiting more
Who Dat?, Inc. v. NFL Properties LLC, et al.

Represented the National Football League and the New Orleans Saints in a trademark dispute involving rights in and to the designation “Who Dat”. more

Licensing counsel for Callaway Gardens Resort
Represented the Callaway Gardens Resort in connection with negotiating license agreements involving the organization’s nationally recognized CALLAWAY more
Trademark infringement for a national steakhouse franchisor
Represented a national steakhouse franchisor against a third party operating under a confusingly similar mark.  Obtained a permanent injunction and more