Firm and Six Attorneys Earn World Leading Trademark Honors


(Feb. 18, 2021) — Lathrop GPM and its trademark attorneys are recognized as global industry leaders, according to the World Trademark Review® (WTR) in its recently released WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for 2021. The firm is recognized as a leader in the jurisdictions of Minnesota and Missouri and the following six attorneys are recognized as leading trademark lawyers in Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington, D.C., respectively: Jennifer Debrow, Ashley Bennett Ewald, Dean Eyler, and Lori Wiese-Parks; Amy Brozenic; and Sheldon Klein.

In the 2021 trademark ratings, Lathrop GPM is lauded for the depth and breadth of experiences its IP attorneys from Minneapolis, Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Boulder provide to global brands in all areas of trademark law — from strategy through enforcement.

In the firm’s Minnesota recognition, WTR says, Lathrop GPM is “endorsed by top in-house counsel as ‘thorough, client centered and results focused,’” and “a repository of trust when it comes to trademark prosecution, global brand management, licensing and litigation.”

In the inaugural Missouri firm listing, WTR says, that as a newly combined firm with 14 U.S. offices and nearly 400 attorneys, Lathrop GPM gives “clients a cavernous chest of resources on which to draw. As part of its far-reaching, business-focused practice, the firm prosecutes a prodigious number of trademarks — at last check, it was responsible for over 17,000 active applications and registrations — and manages brand portfolios at a domestic and international level. It is also proficient in litigation and deal scenarios and can thus serve as an effective one-stop shop for clients.”

Described as “forming the backbone of the practice are Minnesotans Jennifer Debrow, Ashley Bennett Ewald, Dean Eyler and Lori Wiese-Parks, who link up in various configurations to provide a fulsome service to well-known names.” They are further lauded in the 2021 WTR 1000 for each bringing “something special to the table:”

  • Jennifer Debrow, who leads the trademark team, “sees things from the same perspective as an in-house practitioner and has broad horizons that serve her well. She understands real-world risk and gives search results that can easily be translated for businesspeople.” Debrow is one of nine individuals at the top of the Prosecution and Strategy category with Gold Band honors.
  • Ashley Bennett Ewald, who is “deeply practical and, unlike many other lawyers, is never an alarmist. She resolves difficult disputes and gives excellent advice on strategy.” Ewald is a highly rated individual in both the Enforcement and Litigation category (Gold Band) and Prosecution and Strategy category (Silver Band).
  • Dean Eyler, who “is a gifted litigator and writer, with a mastery of trademark law and intellectual property more generally.” Eyler is highly ranked in the Enforcement and Litigation category (Gold Band).
  • Lori Wiese-Parks, who “has a fine-tuned commercial sense and is very creative in her approach to negotiating licensing deals and settlement agreements.” Wiese-Parks is individually recognized in the Prosecution and Strategy category (Silver Band).

Also in the firm’s Missouri accolade, WTR notes: “Amy Brozenic is a former USPTO examiner who understands the ins and outs of prosecution, as well as the finer points of brand strategy.” Brozenic is one of 11 individuals named as leading trademark attorneys in Missouri.

In the crowded Washington, D.C. Metro Area section, Sheldon Klein is once again honored in both individual categories: Enforcement and Litigation and Prosecution and Strategy. WTR reports, Klein “expeditiously delivers superb, cost-efficient work on trademark prosecution, maintenance and conflicts. His efficiency manifests in avoiding unnecessary office actions. He takes a practical, business-oriented approach to the issues presented to him and, with him onside, you can relax in the knowledge your interests are being well taken care of.” WTR goes on to note, “international sources acknowledge him as a thought leader in the IP world.”

The ratings are based on client feedback that is gathered independently during the annual research process. WTR 1000 is viewed as the definitive resource for legal trademark counsel. The annual ranking uses qualitative research to identify the firms and individuals deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice. In the identification of the leading firms, factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work are all taken into account. The 2021 rating can be found online at