Lawrence K. Nodine will receive an Intellectual Property Legend Award from the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance, Georgia State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association. The IP Legends Awards are given every third year to individuals who have made a profound impact on intellectual property.

Mr. Nodine is one of three recipients of this year's awards. The other two are Andrew Young, a civil rights icon and former U.S. Congressman who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and later as Mayor of Atlanta, and Lonnie Johnson, an inventor and engineer who holds more than 120 patents and is best known as the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun. The recipients will be recognized at a luncheon on October 24.

Mr. Nodine is Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Atlanta office and former Practice Leader of its Intellectual Property Litigation Group. For the last 35 years, Mr. Nodine has represented clients in a wide range of intellectual property litigation involving trademark, copyright, and patent matters. He has appeared in more than 300 cases in 23 jurisdictions across the United States. The many complex patent cases he has handled encompass biotechnology, electronic communications, vehicular telematics, pharmaceuticals, antimicrobial agents, and avionics, among other areas.

Since 1987, Mr. Nodine has served as an adjunct professor at Emory Law School, where he has taught a variety of intellectual property courses, including internet law. An active mediator, Mr. Nodine has moderated more than 50 intellectual property cases. He has served on the amicus committee of the International Trademark Association for many years, and currently serves as chairman of the United States subcommittee. Mr. Nodine is also a World Intellectual Property Organization Panelist for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy cases.

Ballard Spahr entered the Atlanta market when it acquired the intellectual property firm of Needle & Rosenberg in 2008. Since then, it has expanded into other areas of law, including consumer finance, public finance, and real estate. The Atlanta office is also home to the firm's Korea Practice, which counsels clients on patent issues, corporate structuring, and on the benefits of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement. The office's intellectual property practice covers an array of services, including patent prosecution, trademark clearance, strategic IP counseling, and full-scale litigation.