Our Practice

Our firm does excellent work, for excellent clients, by attorneys who are excellent people.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP provides business and legal counsel to clients throughout the United States and around the world. Since its founding in 1909, our firm has grown into one of the largest law firms in the country, with nearly 375 attorneys who are located in seven offices in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Vorys has long enjoyed a reputation for representing significant clients in complex and challenging legal matters. We have been involved in virtually every kind of litigation across a wide variety of industries. We have represented clients in matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, all 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, in federal and state courts nationwide, and before a broad range of arbitration panels and administrative agencies.

The Vorys Online Enforcement Group—led by partner Whitney C. Gibson—has worked with hundreds of clients across the country, developing unique cost-effective solutions for companies and professionals being damaged or attacked online. The Group specializes in assisting clients with internet brand and reputation issues such as unauthorized online sales, internet defamation, intellectual property infringement, and misleading advertising/marketing including traffic diversion.

We offer and implement cutting edge strategies combining legal, investigative, and technological techniques to efficiently and effectively protect clients’ online distribution channels, trademarks, and brands.

Our internet defamation group has extensive experience protecting and repairing the reputations of businesses and professional, identifying anonymous posters and removing false and defamatory content from the internet. Learn more.

We have represented a wide array of industries and technologies in creating and protecting their patent applications. We offer comprehensive services that encompass the entire patent process and ensure our clients are protected. Learn more.

We help police the content of our clients’ competitors and meet our clients’ goals within the boundaries of the law, as well as facilitate the relationships between our clients and their advertising and public relations agencies. Learn more.

Vorys Online Seller Enforcement Team

Whitney Gibson

Whitney C. Gibson
Partner & Head of Group

Whitney is a partner and chair of the firm’s intellectual property and technology protection group. He focuses his practice on internet brand and reputation issues, including online seller enforcement, internet defamation, patent and intellectual property infringement, and misleading marketing and advertising. Whitney has developed custom programs for companies confronting these issues with investigate tools and services.

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Daren S. Garcia

Daren S. Garcia
Partner

Daren’s online seller enforcement practice involves the implementation, both domestically and internationally, of cutting-edge enforcement systems. In addition, he counsels clients on distribution and e-commerce channel controls, which are designed to protect profit margins, preserve brand integrity and combat unauthorized online sellers. Daren has a long history of representing some of the nation’s largest retailers.

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Adam C. Sherman

Adam C. Sherman
Partner

Adam works specifically with direct sellers on developing custom programs confronting their unauthorized sales, grey market sales, counterfeit sales and other illegal sales on the internet. He also handles matters related to brand protection, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and internet defamation. Adam serves as the co-editor of this blog.

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Tyler B. Pensyl
Partner

Tyler’s online seller enforcement practice involves prosecuting actions against unauthorized online sellers. As part of his practice, he counsels clients on strategies for protecting their brand and reputation online, combating illegal online sales, and developing legal claims against unauthorized online sellers. He leads enforcement and litigation efforts against sellers who are selling online illegally, including bringing trademark, Lanham Act, and other claims against them.

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Colleen M. Devanney
Partner

Colleen focuses her practice on brand protection, online seller enforcement, and internet defamation.  She handles matters related to product diversion, trademark infringement, internet traffic diversion, and online reputation attacks.

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Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin
Partner

Ken’s practice is focused on antitrust law and complex commercial litigation. He regularly advices manufacturers and retailers regarding vertical pricing issues such as Minimum Advertised Pricing policies and Resale Price Maintenance. Ken brings a healthy understanding of a variety of online retailers.

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Herbert A. Hedden

Herbert A. Hedden
Partner

Herb practices in the area of commercial law with a strong emphasis on franchising and distribution law. He has experience assisting retailers and manufacturers in structuring their product distribution relationships and preparing the documentation of those relationships in support of the implementation of the Vorys online seller enforcement program.

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T. Blake Finney

T. Blake Finney
Associate

Blake focuses his practice on brand protection, online seller enforcement, and internet defamation. He handles matters related to product diversion, trademark infringement, internet traffic diversion, and online reputation attacks.

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Amanda Roe
Associate

Amanda focuses her practice on antitrust and has significant experience representing clients in both litigation and transactional contexts. She works with manufacturers and retailers on issues relating to Minimum Advertised Pricing policies and Resale Price Maintenance.

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Laura E. Erdman

Laura E. Erdman
Associate

Laura counsels businesses on issues related to e-commerce and online brand protection. More specifically, she has assisted with the expansion of the Vorys online seller enforcement program on a global scale. Laura continues to expand Vorys’ network of international law firms with a high level of focus and knowledge of online retailers.

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Leslie Allen

Leslie A. Allen
Associate

Leslie focuses her practice on online reputation and brand protection issues, including product diversion, trademark infringement, internet defamation and online reputation attacks. She is a regular contributor to this blog.

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Jordan Cohen
Associate

Jordan focuses his practice on internet defamation and other online reputation issues. He is a regular contributor to this blog and the Vorys Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys blog.

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Maureen Kelly
Associate

Maureen focuses her practice on brand protection, online seller enforcement and internet defamation. She handles matters related to product diversion, trademark infringement, internet traffic diversion, and online reputation attacks.

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Samuel Yamron
Associate

Samuel focuses his practice on brand protection, online seller enforcement, and internet defamation.  He handles matters related to product diversion, trademark infringement, internet traffic diversion, and online reputation attacks.

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Bridget Kozlowski
Associate

Bridget focuses her practice on brand protection, online seller enforcement, and internet defamation. She handles matters related to product diversion, trademark infringement, internet traffic diversion, and online reputation attacks.

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Meredith Caplan
Associate

Meredith focuses her practice on brand protection, online seller enforcement, and internet defamation. She handles matters related to product diversion, trademark infringement, internet traffic diversion, and online reputation attacks.

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David Howell

David Howell
Director, Brand Protection

David is a brand protection advisor for the Vorys online seller enforcement group. His experience includes online brand management and enforcement for a majority of Fortune 500 companies on all of the major U.S. and overseas online marketplaces. David has also worked with numerous international Fortune 2000 companies to help them protect their intellectual property, trademarks and corporate domain names from fraud, infringement and various threats to their brand.