Lisa N. Collins

Partner

Atlanta
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Overview

Lisa Collins focuses on the business of intellectual property and helps her clients protect their technology. Lisa leads the supervision of the firm’s Patent Indemnification Recovery team where she has diverted and recovered more than nine figures. She regularly advises clients on IP strategy, licensing, privacy, trade secrets, and portfolio management, and handles numerous technology transactions. In addition, Lisa is a seasoned litigator who helps companies defend their products and intellectual property. Lisa has extensive litigation experience, has tried several complex state and federal jury trials and specialized bench trials; has appeared as first and second chair before federal and state trial courts, administrative courts, and domestic and international arbitration panels; and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Her litigation background, integrated with her transactional work in intellectual property, allows Lisa to have a deeper understanding of her clients’ business needs and concerns and to bring value to their businesses.

Lisa is a thought leader and accelerator in the areas of Inclusion and Diversity. Within the firm, she serves on the Firmwide Diversity Council and chairs the African-American Affinity Group. She also chairs the Atlanta Office Inclusion and Diversity Committee and serves on the Firmwide Women’s Committee. Within the community, Lisa serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (“GABWA”) Foundation, Inc. and the Alumni Executive Council for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Lisa is a member of the 2020 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Lisa is consistently named as a Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers and has received awards for her leadership, legal acumen, and community outreach. She was a recipient of the Daily Report’s 2015 “On the Rise” award, which names the top 40 Georgia lawyers under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the legal community and the community at large. In 2019, Lisa was awarded the Diversity in Tech and IP Award and was Highly Commended as an Outstanding Ally for Chambers USA. In 2018, the National Bar Association awarded Lisa the 40 Under 40 Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award, which honors one member of the 40 Under 40 class for outstanding leadership. She was also awarded the 40 Under Forty Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for her commitment to the community and has been recognized in the Daily Report’s Women Lawyers Edition. Lisa is very active in the Atlanta community and served as the longest serving chair of GABWA’s signature fundraising event, the Glitter Gala. Additionally, she is President of the Georgetown Club of Metropolitan Atlanta and serves on the University’s and Law School’s Board of Governors and Law Alumni Board, respectively.

Lisa leads and serves as the Atlanta Intellectual Property Leader.

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  • Represents telecommunication and cable corporations in the analysis and enforcement of indemnification rights in more than 150 complex patent infringement litigations and pre-litigation cases, resulting in substantial decreases in exposure and the diversion and recovery of more than nine figures for her clients.
  • Leads the defense of a global electronics manufacturing company in a technology litigation.
  • Counsels telecommunication and cable corporations regarding best practices for supplier and technology agreements including issues associated with privacy, intellectual property, indemnification, and transparent formulae that maximize post-loss reimbursements for her clients.
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Experience

  • Represents telecommunication and cable corporations in the analysis and enforcement of indemnification rights in more than 150 complex patent infringement litigations and pre-litigation cases, resulting in substantial decreases in exposure and the diversion and recovery of more than nine figures for her clients.
  • Leads the defense of a global electronics manufacturing company in a technology litigation.
  • Counsels telecommunication and cable corporations regarding best practices for supplier and technology agreements including issues associated with privacy, intellectual property, indemnification, and transparent formulae that maximize post-loss reimbursements for her clients.
  • Represents software providers in the licensing or procurement of cloud technology.
  • Represents a waste management company in IP strategy, technology transactions, and patent and trademark portfolio management.
  • Working with a corporation as acting general counsel to provide IP strategy, technology transactional support, and to secure patent and trademark rights.
  • Represents licensors and licensees in trademark, copyright and software license agreements.
  • Successfully defended multiple clients against indemnification assertions.
  • Defended numerous franchisees against trademark infringement and misappropriation claims.
  • Defended and obtained a federal jury verdict for a turbine manufacturer in a bet-the-company action.
  • Defended a national fraternity and a Georgia institution of higher learning against multiple hazing allegations. Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of all claims and affirmance on appeal.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Leadership Atlanta (2020)
  • Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards USA: Highly Commended, Outstanding Ally (2019)
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle: 40 Under Forty Award (2018)
  • National Bar Association
    • Diversity in Tech and IP Award (2019)
    • Excellence in Leadership Award (2018)
    • 40 Under 40 Award (2018)
  • Daily Report "On the Rise" 40 Under 40 Award (2015)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2012 to 2014, 2016 to 2019)
  • Daily Report Women Lawyer Edition (2009)

Memberships

  • The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
    • Executive and Leadership Board (2017 to 2018)
    • Glitter Gala Chair (2016 to 2018)
    • Inaugural Judicial and Public Office Academy Committee
  • The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation, Inc.
    • Director
    • Sister2Sister Mentoring Program®: Executive Director (2006)
  • Georgetown Club of Metropolitan Atlanta
    • Board of Directors
    • President (July 2019 to June 2021)
    • Writing Committee Member
  • Georgetown University
    • Admissions Council: Alumni Interviewer
    • Board of Governors
    • Law Alumni Board
  • American Bar Association: Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School: Volunteer and Board of Directors
  • Atlanta Bar Association

Community

  • Atlanta Food Bank: Packaging and Collection Volunteer
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • St. Jude, Southern Evening of Hope: Board of Directors (2017)

Pro Bono

  • Through work with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, assisted tenants in recovering damages to personal property from vermin infestation; drafted wills for elderly and disabled through the Wills on Wheels Initiative.
  • Working with Atlanta veterans to assist them with benefit claims.

Prior Positions

  • The White House
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies: Preventive Diplomacy Scholar

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 2001

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Confirms the Value of Design Patents Covering Replacement Parts
By Erin C. Caldwell, Lisa N. Collins
September 5, 2019
On July 23, 2019, the Federal Circuit departed from its utility patent-focused docket to deliver a precedential opinion relating to design patents in Auto. Body Parts Ass’n v. Ford Global Techns., LLC. At issue were the validity and...
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