Charlie Henn concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property litigation, regularly representing companies and universities in cases involving trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition claims. An experienced trial lawyer, he was co-lead trial counsel in the adidas v. Payless case, which resulted in the largest verdict ever in a trademark case ($305 million).

Mr. Henn has received numerous national and local honors recognizing his professional accomplishments, including being named by LawyersUSA as one of six “Lawyers of the Year” in 2008. He is annually listed as a leading intellectual property litigator by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America®, Legal 500, World Trademark Review 1000, Super Lawyers and Georgia Trend. Recognizing his industry focus on protecting sports brands, Chambers USA also lists Mr. Henn as one of the nation’s top sports lawyers.

In 2010, he was the sole US winner of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property, which recognizes the top provider of client service on intellectual property matters. Mr. Henn also has been featured as a "Rising Star" by Law360 as one of five national intellectual property lawyers under 40 to watch; by Georgia Trend as one of the state’s “40 Under 40 Best and Brightest”; by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the city’s “40 Under 40”; and by the Daily Report as one of the “Ten Lawyers Under 40 ‘On the Rise’” in Atlanta.

Professional & Community Activities

Leadership Georgia, Class of 2013

Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2011

Marshall Memorial Fellow, Class of 2009

Coverdell Leadership Institute, Class of 2008

International Trademark Association

National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

Georgia Bar, Entertainment & Sports Law Section, Vice Chair (2007-2012)

The Federalist Society, President of the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter (2001-2006)

Emory University, Board of Visitors (2013-2016)

Theatrical Outfit, Board of Trustees (2008-2015) & Advisory Board (2015- Present), Board Member (2009-Present)

Flying Carpet Theater, Board Member (2003-Present)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Board Member (2014-Present)


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (1998)
    cum laude
  • Emory University, B.A., Political Science and French Literature (1995)
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1998)
  • New York (2016)


  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Who We Are

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R. Charles Henn Jr.

Experience Highlights

adidas America Inc. and adidas-Salomon AG v. Payless Shoesource Inc.
Represented adidas America Inc. and adidas-Salomon AG in trademark infringement litigation against Payless Shoesource involving the more
Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University et al. v. Smack Apparel Co.
Represented four major universities and The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in a trade dress infringement case. In an attempt to avoid the more
University of Kansas v. Larry Sinks, et al.
Successfully represented University of Kansas in a trial against, a retailer selling various apparel using colors and other more
Jan K. Voda v. Medtronic Inc., et al.
Served as lead counsel on behalf of Jan Voda, M.D., a cardiologist, in a patent infringement suit related to angioplasty catheters against Medtronic, more