Lerner David Partners Recognized By Best Lawyers® 2022

We are proud to announce that four Lerner David partners were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022, and that Charles P. Kennedy was also named 2022 Litigation-Patent "Lawyer of the Year" in New Jersey.

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Charles P. Kennedy
Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year” Best Lawyers 2022
The Best Lawyers in America
Trademark Law, Litigation (Intellectual Property and Patent)

Chuck Kennedy has demonstrated a talent in litigating intellectual property cases by translating highly complex technologies and factual scenarios into understandable themes. By a focused game plan from the start, he effectively advocates the client's case before both judges and juries. While handling an active litigation calendar, Chuck has always found time to counsel clients from start-up companies to large established corporation on trademark matters. His experience from litigating trademark cases allows him to guide clients to optimize the value of their trademarks. Since 1999, he has co-authored the section on Intellectual Property in New Jersey Federal Civil Practice.  Also named "Lawyer of the Year” in New Jersey in 2012.


Gregory S. Gewirtz
The Best Lawyers in America

Gregory S. Gewirtz has extensive experience in patent and trademark litigation, licensing, studies and opinions involving electrical engineering technologies, mechanical products and medical devices. He has been the lead counsel in numerous district court actions throughout the United States as well as appellate actions before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He has substantial expertise as lead counsel in IPRs reexaminations and other post grant proceedings before the USPTO.  Clients frequently comment that he is their “go to” counselor on bet the company issues involving litigation, negotiations and patent office proceedings. Although his litigation success rate is impressive, his clients are often most pleased with the high rate of early and favorable settlements that he has achieved in numerous cases for over 25 years.


Keith E. Gilman
The Best Lawyers in America
Patent Law, Trademark Law

Keith E. Gilman is managing partner in the firm, and involved in all facets of the IP practice. He counsels clients on maximizing the value of their IP assets and advises clients on the IP risks associated with new product designs and acquisitions with an emphasis in mechanical devices. Tapping his extensive background in litigation, licensing and due diligence, Keith emphasizes the importance of building strategies to protect clients' innovations and trademarks, while minimizing the risk of litigation by competitors. He recognizes that efforts to manage risk can be used as opportunities to establish IP assets that create advantages in the marketplace. Keith was an original Master of the John J. Gibbons Inn of Court, the first IP Inn of Court of its kind in New Jersey. Since 1999, he has co-authored the section on Intellectual Property in New Jersey Federal Civil Practice.


Stephen F. Roth
The Best Lawyers in America
Trademark Law, Litigation (Intellectual Property and Patent)

Stephen specializes in intellectual property litigation and has been practicing in that area for almost 25 years. Stephen's approach to litigation centers on keeping the client out of court, and he defines a win by preventing or ending the litigation, not by starting or prolonging it. Stephen’s legal work does not end when he leaves his desk. He is actively involved in training the firm's litigation associates, and sits on the Board of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, one of the first Inns of Court in the country specializing in intellectual property law. Stephen also volunteers with various artist’s rights groups, and has given his time to assist upcoming artists from having their work infringed. Also named "Lawyer of the Year" in New Jersey for Litigation-Intellectual Property (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020)

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