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Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition - Clark, Goldberg and Madruga

Super Lawyers"THE SOUL OF A COMPANY DWELLS IN ITS BRAND," SAYS Roger Clark, the founding partner of Clark Goldberg Madruga in Los Angeles and Florida. "And a trial lawyer entrusted with protecting the company's brand has been given a special gift of trust and confidence. You fight hard for friends who bestow that kind of faith in you. We strive to make friends, not clients, whether they are in-house counsel, corporate executives or entrepreneurs."

The firm, celebrating its 17th year of successful practice, is particularly proud of the Killingsworth case as an example of its philosophy. At stake was the company name. "It was a bet-the-company case," Clark says. A predatory competitor that held the federal registration to "Killingsworth" moved into the company's territory and brought suit in federal court to stop the company from using the name it had used for years. Clark counterclaimed and secured a full injunction and nearly $2 million in damages and fees. The court also ordered the federal trademarks held by the other company to be canceled for fraud. "If we had lost, the company would not have survived," Clark says.

The case was especially meaningful for Clark because Killingsworth is a secondgeneration company. In fact, the father and founder of the company, Sterlyn Killingsworth, wrote one of several recommendations for Clark to enter law school. "The case meant a lot to me personally because it made a huge impact upon a family that I had known for decades," Clark says. "The family had placed their faith in me in their time of need and I was not going to let them down. Although my relationship with the Killingsworth family was special, I believe the case exemplifies our mission here at Clark Goldberg Madruga-we take care of our friends in need."

Clark Goldberg Madruga strives to bring a similar commitment to each trademark, copyright or patent lawsuit that comes to the office. For in-house counsel and company management the dispute is not just another case. The vitality and success of the business depends upon the outcome. Jobs are on the line.

With a staff of dedicated attorneys who share a common vision, Clark Goldberg Madruga stands ready to help its friends, both old and new. "We still believe our role is a 'calling' rather than a 'business,'" says Clark.


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