Courthouse Plaza
199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0190
ph: 802-863-2375
dir: 802-846-8303
Overview

Practical, solution-oriented intellectual property advisor with a focus on building, managing, and enforcing trademark portfolios worldwide.

A legal veteran with nearly twenty years of experience in trademark, trade dress, copyright, Internet, advertising, entertainment, litigation, and corporate law, William Morris focuses his practice on providing practical, strategic, custom-tailored, and creative solutions for brand owners globally.

William has represented a diverse group of clients including multi-billion dollar global corporations, domestic corporations, internationally based corporations, Internet based businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and individuals in need of intellectual property assistance. He has extensive experience in clearing, registering, and enforcing trademarks globally, managing and optimizing both small and large trademark portfolios, and negotiating intellectual property-related agreements.

William has a passion for trademark law that is unmatched  – he sleeps with a copy of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure next to his bed, watches television for commercials, and reads through 10-20 catalogs per week for "fun." In short, William loves brands and representing brand owners.

Prior to joining DRM, William served as President and Counsel for Hershey Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation, was Global Trademark Counsel for Under Armour, Inc., and most recently was General Counsel for the Shark Tank success story Felt LLC. He also has worked at national, regional, and IP boutique law firms, with a consistent focus on handling intellectual property matters. 

Education

University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), LL.M., Intellectual Property, Commerce, and Technology Law, summa cum laude (first in class), 2005

Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2000

Wake Forest University, B.A., Arts History, cum laude, 1997

Admissions & Clerkships

Vermont, 2001

Massachusetts, 2008

U.S. District Court, Vermont, 2001

Student Law Clerk for the Honorable Howard H. Dana, Jr., Maine Supreme Court, 1999-2000

Memberships & Activities
  • Vermont Bar Association – Intellectual Property Section
  • International Trademark Association – Enforcement Committee member; Prior member of Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee, Trademark Office Practices Committee, and Internet Committee
Courthouse Plaza
199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0190
ph: 802-863-2375
dir: 802-846-8303
wmorris@drm.com
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