Mary represents clients in high-stakes cases in federal courts throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has prepared numerous complaints, motions for preliminary injunction and ex parte temporary restraining orders, discovery motions and dispositive motions. She works frequently with expert witnesses, supervises discovery, and leads trial and evidentiary hearing preparation. Mary regularly works with clients in managing domain name portfolios, taking down infringing domains and fraudulent websites through UDRP proceedings, assessing litigation risks, reviewing advertising copy, and performing due diligence concerning trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition matters in corporate transactions.
Mary also regularly serves as local counsel in the “Rocket Docket” of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Claude M. Hilton and interned with the Honorable Henry E. Hudson. Mary has experience in all four divisions of that court, having represented clients in nearly 20 cases involving intellectual property, antitrust and other commercial disputes.
Mary maintains an active pro bono practice, having experience in asylum, human trafficking, and civil rights matters. Mary also serves on the Firm’s Recruiting Committee, Pro Bono Committee, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Diversity Subcommittee.
While in law school, Mary was the editor-in-chief of the University of Richmond Law Review and served on the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy boards.
Defended Oregon Brewery Company in trademark infringement litigation (S.D.N.Y.), securing full reversal on appeal (2d Cir.)
Defended Mars Petcare US, Inc. in false advertising litigation, winning rare motion to dismiss with prejudice (E.D. Mich.) and full affirmance on appeal (6th Cir.)
Defended Figures Toy Company in copyright infringement and Digital Millennium Copyright Act litigation, successfully arguing motions to dismiss substantially narrowing the claims at issue and resulting in settlement (E.D. Va.)
Represented AM General LLC in a trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit against Activision related to its Call of Duty video game franchise (S.D.N.Y.)
Defended Hancom, Inc. in copyright infringement and breach of contract litigation involving open-source software and the widely used General Public License (GPL), resulting in settlement (N.D. Cal.)
Represented Dalmatia Import Group, Inc. in trade secret, trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, and breach of contract dispute, leading to a victory after four-week jury trial. (E.D. Pa.)
Defended Tyson Foods, Inc. and Hillshire Brands Company in trademark infringement and false advertising litigation, resulting in complete victory on summary judgment (E.D. Pa.) and full affirmance on appeal (3d. Cir.)
Secured preliminary injunction and judgment on behalf of The Absolut Company in trademark counterfeiting and infringement dispute concerning imitation Kahlua product (E.D.N.Y.)
Represented Mars, Inc. in complex trademark and trade dress litigation involving packaging and name of candy, resulting in favorable settlement (E.D. Va.)
Secured a preliminary injunction and permanent injunction in trademark infringement litigation on behalf of moving company Starving Students, Inc. (S.D. Tex.)
Secured a permanent injunction in a trademark infringement case on behalf of lawn care services provider NaturaLawn of America, Inc. against a former franchisee (D. Md.)
Represented Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. in trademark litigation, defeating a motion to dismiss and resulting in favorable settlement (C.D. Cal.)
Secured a permanent injunction and sizeable damages award on behalf of AARP in a trademark infringement case (D.D.C.)
Represented American Automobile Association in multiple trademark enforcement disputes across the United States
Represented Pebble Beach Company in multiple trademark disputes, all resulting in favorable settlements (N.D. Cal.)
Regularly works with clients in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer electronics, medical device, and financial services industries in brand protection efforts, including trademark enforcement, trademark and domain name portfolio counseling, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, and Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings
Represents The Mattachine Society of Washington, DC and served a lead role in the preparation of its amicus brief in support of petitioners in Obergefell v. Hodges and the consolidated same-sex marriage cases before the US Supreme Court
Secured a $300,000 settlement on behalf of a former US Park Police officer in pregnancy discrimination case (D.D.C.)
Courts / Agencies
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the District of Maryland
US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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