Overview

Jenn Deal specializes in complex trademark and trade dress infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation. Ms. Deal has significant experience representing clients in litigation in federal district courts across the nation, including for preliminary injunction and summary judgment motions and in bench and jury trials, as well as in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also has litigated trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition issues before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Ms. Deal was recognized in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as a Georgia "Rising Star" for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine and was a recipient of the Daily Report’s “On the Rise” award in 2019.

Ms. Deal devotes a considerable amount of time to pro bono litigation matters, namely working with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation’s Safe Families Initiative and is a member of the AVLF Junior Board. Ms. Deal has successfully represented numerous survivors of intimate partner abuse and stalking in obtaining 12-month protective orders.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Deal spent two years clerking for the Honorable J. Owen Forrester, Senior Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia.

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Represents and has represented Energizer Holdings, Inc., a global leader in the business of providing portable power and lighting solutions, and its subsidiaries in various trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, and copyright matters, including litigation before federal district courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as trademark clearance and registration projects.

Represented Major League Baseball Properties and the Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, LLC in a widely publicized lawsuit in federal court in Illinois claiming the defendants, vendors, were producing and planning to sell merchandise that infringed and counterfeited the trademarks of MLB and the Cubs. The Court granted both a temporary restraining order, authorizing the seizure and impoundment of the knock-off products, and a preliminary injunction prohibiting such sales. Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. & Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, LLC v. Stevens et al., No. 1:16-cv-09140 (N.D. Ill. 2016).

Represented FN Herstal, S.A., a Belgian firearms and weapons manufacturer in a trademark infringement case against Clyde Armory involving our client's rights to the trademark SCAR for assault rifles and accessories. Following a bench trial, the court issued a lengthy order holding that FN Herstal has superior rights in its SCAR mark and that there was "ample evidence of bad faith" on Clyde Armory's part in adopting and using its infringing SCAR-Stock mark for assault rifle stocks. The court issued a permanent injunction against Clyde Armory, ordering it to, among other things, cease all use of SCAR or SCAR-Stock and to deliver up for destruction its infringing products and any materials displaying SCAR or SCAR-Stock. Following oral argument, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed. The U.S. Supreme Court denied Clyde Armory's petition for a writ of certiorari, and both the District Court and Eleventh Circuit awarded attorneys' fees in our client's favor. FN Herstal, S.A. v. Clyde Armory, Inc., 838 F.3d 1071 (11th Cir. 2016).

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Education

Emory University School of Law, J.D. (2009) First Honor Graduate, with high honors, Order of the Coif, Dean’s Award of Achievement in Criminal Law, Evidence, Entertainment Law, Legal Profession, Products Liability, and Trademark, Emory Law Journal – Thrower Symposium Editor

Valdosta State University, B.A., Criminal Justice (2006) summa cum laude

Admissions

Georgia (2009)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2011)

Georgia Superior Court (2009)

Professional & Community Activities

State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section, Member

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation, Junior Board of Directors, Member

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Kilpatrick Townsend Volunteer Council, Member

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