James Trigg practices in the areas of trademark, copyright and entertainment law. His intellectual property experience includes litigation, licensing, trademark prosecution, and general trademark and copyright counseling. His practice has developed a particular focus on copyright and trademark issues arising in the context of the Internet, including matters implicating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, domain name disputes and social media. Mr.Trigg has represented major companies, as well as recording artists, in music copyright litigation, and he also has advised an array of entertainers and creators on domestic and international trademark and branding issues. A former professional musician, Mr. Trigg regularly draws on this background when litigating music copyright cases and in negotiating licenses both for artists and for parties desiring to use musical works in advertising and in other contexts.

Mr. Trigg was named by The Legal 500 as a “Top Regional Copyright Lawyer” in 2007 and he was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Copyright in 2015 and the four years immediately preceding. Mr. Trigg was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Intellectual Property Law in 2018 and the seven years immediately preceding. He was also named a 2013 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Copyright Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Trigg was recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the area of Intellectual Property in 2017 and the seven years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. He is listed among Georgia Trend's 2012 "Legal Elite" in the area of Entertainment/Sports Law. He was named an "IP Star" in 2017 and the four years immediately preceding by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Mr. Trigg was listed in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals. He is a recipient of the 2014 Client Choice Award USA & Canada in the Intellectual Property – Copyright category for Georgia from Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO). Mr. Trigg is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Member and Former Chairperson of the Southeast Chapter

International Trademark Association, Member

University of Georgia School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Trademark and Entertainment Law

Art Papers, Board Member


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1992)
  • Princeton University, A.B. (1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1996)
  • Alabama (1994)
  • Virginia (1992)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • 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 Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Georgia

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Making our clients' problems our problems, and making our clients' successes our successes.

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Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
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James A. Trigg

Experience Highlights

Trademark and right of publicity work for musical group R.E.M.
The firm provides general trademark prosecution and counseling services to the world-renowned musical group, R.E.M. Services include overseeing an more
Cooper v. Sony Music Entertainment Inc., et al.
Defended Sony Music Entertainment Inc., So So Def Productions and other defendants in a series of lawsuits asserting copyright infringement and other more
Domain name dispute actions for multiple representative clients
The firm represented numerous trademark owners in domain name dispute actions arising under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and under more
Right of publicity defense for internationally known supermodel
Represent internationally known supermodel in dispute concerning third party misappropriation of her name for use on products and in advertising in more