Debevoise Lawyers Recognized by Managing IP’s 2024 “IP Stars” Lists

4 June 2024

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP intellectual property litigation partners David Bernstein, Jay Neukom and Megan Bannigan have been recognized by Managing IP’s 2024 “IP Stars” lists. The IP Stars lists rank senior practitioners who are leaders in intellectual property, taking into account expertise, workload, and outcomes achieved for clients.

Mr. Neukom was recognized as a 2024 Patent Star in California and nationally for his extensive experience advising major Bay Area and multinational companies on complex business and intellectual property disputes, including patent and copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation matters. Among his numerous achievements, Mr. Neukom recently secured a victory in a patent litigation case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of GAF Materials LLC against Kirsch Research and Development, marking the end of a multi-year, multi-venue, multi-patent and multi-defendant campaign.

Additionally, Mr. Bernstein and Ms. Bannigan were named 2024 Trademark Stars in New York and nationally for their deep experience on trademark, trade dress, copyright and other disputes across a broad range of client industries. Among Debevoise’s recent trademark victories are their complete trial win in Houston on behalf of Casa Azul Spirits against Casa Tradicion, the maker of Clase Azul tequila, and their appellate victory for Grubhub in the 7th Circuit against Kroger over the parties’ respective logos.

Managing IP also named Ms. Bannigan to its “Top 250 Women in IP” list, which recognizes female IP practitioners who performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year. This is Ms. Bannigan’s third consecutive year being named to the “Top Women in IP” list.

The Debevoise Intellectual Property Litigation Group handles a wide variety of cases around the world, including trademark, trade dress and advertising disputes; trade secret and patent cases in the technology space; copyright matters in media and entertainment; right of publicity issues; domain name and Internet disputes, and unfair competition. Many of its cases have cross-border components, and it has deep experience across a wide range of industries. The Group was selected as Managing IP’s “Trademark Disputes Firm of the Year” in five of the last eight years, and was named the Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers USA Awards in 2022.