Sonia Lakhany focuses her practice on trademark and copyright prosecution, as well as corporate and transactional law matters. In addition to her law practice, Sonia is an instructor at the Trademark Institute of Training, where she lectures on trademark law basics and the mechanics of trademark prosecution. Sonia also speaks and blogs regularly on intellectual property under the name “Lady Lanham, Esq” (a word play on The Lanham Act, which is the federal law that gives trademark protection in the United States). Over the course of her career, Sonia has helped numerous startups and small- and medium-sized businesses secure trademark protection for their names, logos, and taglines. Prior to founding Lakhany Law, LLC, Sonia practiced at firms in Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia.
Sonia stays active in the Atlanta legal community in several ways. For the Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia State Bar, she serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division-Intellectual Property (YLD-IP) Lawyers Committee and a member of the Trademark Committee. For the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), she serves on the Mentoring Committee and leads a monthly Breakfast Mentoring Circle. For the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA), she serves as Co-Vice-President.
Sonia earned her Juris Doctorate at the Emory University School of Law, with a focus on intellectual property. As part of her Juris Doctorate program, Sonia spent her final semester at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC completing coursework in the intellectual property LLM program and concurrently held an internship at the United States Copyright Office. She also authored an independent copyright law research paper entitled, “There’s More Than One Way to Skin the Mouse: A Comparative Analysis of Fictional Character Protection”, which won first place in the Emory Law American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition.
Originally from Orange County, California, Sonia attended the University of Southern California, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and her Minor in Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business.
Sonia is licensed to practice in Georgia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She is fluent in Urdu/Hindi. In her spare time, Sonia enjoys running, hiking, and cooking.
Tricia Smith w/ Focus Brands
Tricia Smith is an in-house attorney with FOCUS Brands Inc., franchisor of Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky’s Deli. At FOCUS, Tricia manages the trademark portfolios of all six brands and is responsible for monitoring the use of brand assets online and off, by FOCUS employees and those not associated with the brands, and handles the online enforcement of intellectual property rights when necessary. In addition, Tricia reviews and approves all marketing, advertising and PR communications for each of the six brands and is the legal point of contact for both the Global Channels Group (brand licensing) and International Franchising departments of FOCUS Brands. Tricia joined FOCUS Brands in January 2012, shortly after graduating from Georgia State University College of Law and passing the Georgia bar exam in 2011.
Jim Johnson cut his teeth as a trademark lawyer by serving as in-house counsel for The Coca-Cola and Kellogg companies and as an examining attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Now a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Jim continues to enforce the trademarks and copyrights of some of the world’s most famous and valuable brands. His practice includes filing oppositions and lawsuits to protect high value intellectual property rights, counseling clients on how to best protect such rights, and managing international IP portfolios. He also advises on unfair competition and domain-name disputes.
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