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Laurence R. Hefter
+1 202 408 4053

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • George Washington University, National Law Center
    J.D., with honors, 1964
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1960
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    B.M.E., 1957

Laurence R. Hefter

Senior Counsel

Laurence Hefter’s practice includes all aspects of patent and trademark law including litigation, prosecution, licensing, and counseling. Mr. Hefter has broad experience in intellectual property matters, both as a corporate attorney and in private practice.

Mr. Hefter has been extremely successful with both jury and nonjury trials nationwide, including trademark and patent cases in Maryland, Virginia, New York, District of Columbia, Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, and Oklahoma. He has served as first chair in a variety of litigation matters involving a wide array of technologies and has argued before several U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Hefter is actively involved in dispute resolution having served as a mediator and case evaluator in a wide variety of patent, trademark, and unfair competition disputes. He has been trained as a mediator and settlement counselor and serves as a panelist for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and INTA Trademark and Unfair Competition Panel of Neutrals. Mr. Hefter has also taught mediation skills.

Through his earlier association with General Electric Corporation and as head of the Mechanical Group of the Patent and Trademark Department of Atlantic Research Corporation, Mr. Hefter gained considerable insight into the workings of a corporation. He is familiar with the political and philosophical issues that in-house counsel face and has first-hand experience that enables him to assist in-house counsel with these issues.


  • Served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, where he taught trademark law.
  • Served on the Trademark Review Commission of the United States Trademark Association (now the International Trademark Association), of which work resulted in the important Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988.
  • Selected to serve as a panelist on the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and INTA Trademark and Unfair Competition Panel of Neutrals.
  • Served on the Board of Governors of the Brand Names Education Foundation (2000-2005).

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1991, and for intellectual property litigation and trademark law, 2011-2017.
  • Ranked among top U.S. trademark lawyers in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012.
  • Ranked among top U.S. patent lawyers in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, 2006, 2008, 2010.
  • Recognized as a Washington, DC "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007-2008.
  • Named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top lawyers in Washington, D.C.
  • Consistently listed in The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers since 2004.

Professional Activities

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Member, Advisory Committee for Patents and Trademarks, 1988-1990)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
  • New York State Bar, Sections on Litigation; Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
  • American Bar Association (Governing Committee Forum on Franchising, 1994, 1997); (Chairman, Committees on: Patents, Administrative Law Section, 1975, 1976); (Patent Office Affairs, 1976, 1978); (Patent and Trademark Office Affairs, Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, 1977, 1980); (Unfair Competition and Trade Identity, 1980, 1981)
  • International Bar Association (Chairman, Committees on: Patents, 1985, 1986); (Trademarks, 1987, 1990)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Chairman, Trademark Committee, 1979, 1981); (Member, Board of Directors, 1981, 1984)
  • International Trademark Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1982, 1984); (Member, Trademark Review Commission)

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