Miles Alexander joined the firm in 1958 after teaching at Harvard Law School and serving two years as a U.S.A.F. Judge Advocate. Mr. Alexander was admitted to partnership in 1963. In addition to his activities in all aspects of trademark and unfair competition practice, Mr. Alexander counsels clients in other intellectual property fields and is a frequently selected party and court appointed mediator in alternative dispute resolution matters. He is also knowledgeable in the field of antitrust law.
Mr. Alexander has served as both counsel and expert witness for numerous Fortune 500 companies in major litigations, IP disputes and strategic planning issues for mediation. He is a member of the CPR/INTA panel of "Distinguished Neutrals" and frequently serves as mediator, arbitrator and special master in major disputes for resolution through ADR procedures. He has mediated over 50 cases nationwide.
In the 2007 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Mr. Alexander was one of the few attorneys across the nation to receive a "star" ranking for exceptional recommendations in Intellectual Property. He was characterized as: "'incredible - he is an elder statesman of the US IP Bar, yet he is always available and is extremely responsive.' He is called upon for his confidential opinions in cutting-edge matters, advising Fortune 500 companies on what to do in trademark related matters. Sources agree: 'He is the one person who stands out from the rest,' because he is 'not only technically skilled, but he is also business-savvy.'"
Mr. Alexander was recipient of INTA’s 2002 President’s Award. He was the first recipient of the Georgia Bar Intellectual Property Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In the 2005 and 2006 polling of the Georgia Bar, Mr. Alexander was chosen by his peers as one of the top ten lawyers in the state. In 2009, he was honored with a Leadership Award by the Atlanta Bar Association for his service and dedication to the community and the legal profession. Mr. Alexander received the Selig Distinguished Service Award in 2010 from the American Jewish Committee for years of service to the Jewish community and the Atlanta community as a whole. He is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Emory Medal, the highest University honor presented exclusively to alumni by the Emory Alumni Association, “for his passionate leadership, impartial and objective wisdom in legal matters and continued commitment to serving the greater good of his community.” Mr. Alexander was inducted into the 2012 Gate City Bar Association's Hall of Fame. In 2014, he received the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award from Georgia State University College of Law for his prestigious career of more than 55 years, which has earned him an international reputation as one of the world’s leading trademark lawyers. In 2014, Mr. Alexander received a Lifetime Achievement Award from World Trademark Review.
Mr. Alexander was listed for Intellectual Property in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and he was listed as #1 in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions. Mr. Alexander was recognized in 2015 and all prior editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Intellectual Property Litigation, Corporate Law, Mediation, Trademark Law and Antitrust Law. He was also named a 2012 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Corporate Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. He was recognized by his peers as one of Atlanta’s "Legal Elite" in 2008 and 2012 by Georgia Trend magazine and as one of Top 10 Lawyers in Georgia in Atlanta magazine. Mr. Alexander was named by Legal Media Group to its 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014 Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners, its Best of the Best USA in 2011 as one of the top 25 practitioners for trademark law in the country and its Best of the Best in 2011 as one of the leading trademark practitioners in the world. He was recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and in The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers in 2010 and 2013. The World Trademark Review ranked Mr. Alexander among the top 20 trademark attorneys nationwide. He was named a Top 10 Georgia "Super Lawyer" in 2011 and a Top 100 Georgia "Super Lawyer" in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Alexander was recognized as a 2009 Georgia "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and again in 2015 and the four years prior for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Alexander was ranked one of 24 attorneys from the United States in the area of Trademark and Copyright by Chambers Global 2011. He was also recognized as a top practitioner in Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets by Chambers Global 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Mr. Alexander was named a “Shining Star of IP” and selected as one of five individuals to the 2013 IP Hall of Fame by Intellectual Asset magazine. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
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Professional & Community Activities
American College of Trial Lawyers, Member and Author of a chapter on Creative Settlement of Intellectual Property Litigation for a major Clark Boardman treatise.
Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, Founding Member
International Trademark Association, Member of Trademark Review Commission, which drafted the landmark 1989 Lanham Act revisions American Law Institute, Member of committee which drafted the 1995 Restatement of Unfair Competition, Board of Directors and Legal Counsel (1997-2000)
University of San Fancisco, J Thomas McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Charter Member and Advisory Council
State Bar of Georgia, Antitrust Law Section, Past Chairman
USPTO, Trademark Public Advisory Committee, First Chairman (2000-2003)
The Trademark Reporter, Former Editor-in-Chief