About the Authors


Tony Biller, Managing Partner, Raleigh Office
Tony counsels clients on trademark selection and registration, content management, trade secret issues, as well as licensing and other inter-partes review contracts. Tony has a robust foundation of experience in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation in trial and appellate courts across the country. He one of very few Certified Specialist in Trademark Law by the North Carolina State Bar, as well as the former chair of the Trademark Litigation and Trademarks and the Internet Committee for the American Bar Association.


Kathy Schill, Partner
Kathy is the leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation team and focuses her practice on patent and trademark litigation, as well as litigation related to unfair trade practices and false advertising. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in these cases, she advises clients on enforcing intellectual property rights as well as defending claims brought by IP owners.  Her patent litigation practice includes mechanical and chemical engineering, biotechnology, and design patents. Kathy has litigated patent and trademark cases in federal district courts across the country and has argued before the Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth, and Seventh Circuits.


Katrina Hull, Partner
Katrina is a Partner and the leader of Michael Best’s Trademark team. She serves as a valued advisor to companies seeking to establish and protect intellectual property in the global marketplace. With a strong affinity for actions that minimize both risk and litigation, Katrina helps businesses develop global trademark protection strategies, including registration of brands and enforcement of rights. She has successfully helped clients secure trademark registrations and enforce trademark rights throughout the world.


Emily Haas, Attorney
Emily focuses her practice on patent and trademark prosecution. She represents clients across a variety of specialized industries and has a strong background in chemicals, biotechnology, software, and optics and optoelectronics. Emily has experience representing clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the North Carolina Supreme Court.


Alexander Clayden, Partner
Alex focuses his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He has extensive experience litigating in state and federal courts, resolving claims through arbitration and mediation, and representing clients in agency proceedings. Alex’s intellectual property litigation practice includes handling trials and appeals in patent, trademark, trade dress and false advertising litigation, as well as post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board. Clients value his commitment to thoroughly understanding their business and their needs, and his effective, pragmatic and efficient approach to obtaining outstanding results.


Stephen Horace, Partner
Stephen has more than 30 years of experience advising and advocating for clients in intellectual property and litigation matters. He focuses his practice on generating successful results in trademark, unfair competition, patent, trade secret, and advertising disputes across the country. Stephen manages national product clearance programs and U.S. and global trademark portfolios, and advises clients on a host of brand protection, competition, trademark, advertising, and promotion issues. He has established a successful record of protecting, managing, and defending his clients’ valuable IP assets worldwide.


James Lawrence, III, Senior Counsel
James is a zealous advocate for clients seeking to obtain, enforce, and defend their intellectual property assets. He has extensive experience representing clients in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, false advertising, and related disputes in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. In addition to his intellectual property litigation practice, James provides strategic counsel regarding intellectual property transactions.


Gilbert Nwaopara, Associate
Gilbert serves clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, with a focus on intellectual property. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a Summer Associate and Law Clerk for a national law firm. While at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW), he held positions as Research and Teacher Assistant for UW’s School of Education, and Student Attorney for the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic.


Ben Roxborough, Associate
Ben advises companies in the critical area of intellectual property—lending his expertise in branding, trademarks and false advertising. He stays at the forefront of changing intellectual property laws, currently teaching courses in digital false advertising and patent law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Ben understands the value of a company’s intellectual property assets—a company’s brand being among its most important—and can successfully strategize how to protect those assets, while maintaining a competitive advantage. He has worked with a variety of industry sectors, including life sciences, digital media, hardware, software, and telecommunications. Armed with prior judicial law clerk experience, Ben anticipates legal problems before they arise—advising clients in ways that allow them to concentrate on business goals while being cognizant of the legal landscape.