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Courtney Adams Thornton

Of Counsel She / Her / Hers

Courtney Thornton is an Atlanta Intellectual Property attorney who focuses on trademark, copyright, advertising, and internet law matters.

Courtney counsels clients throughout the lifecycle of a brand, from clearance and registration to contract and license drafting, enforcement, and litigation. Her practice includes both domestic and foreign trademark prosecution, IP portfolio management and counseling, diligence, prosecution and defense of trademark oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), litigation in federal district courts, and actions before the National Advertising Division (NAD). She also advises clients in other internet-related matters, including those involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and take-down notices, online copyright and trademark infringement, social media issues, and misappropriation of likeness.

Courtney has procured trademark registrations in more than 50 countries and has successfully helped clients obtain valuable domain names in disputes before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Before law school, Courtney worked for over 10 years in advertising, sales, and marketing for Fortune 500 software and computer technology and pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as mobile search and search engine optimization startups. She frequently applies her previous experience in business and technology to her IP law practice.


Representative Matters

  • Served as intellectual property counsel to individuals, privately held businesses, and publicly traded companies in many industries, including apparel, beauty, consumer products, e-commerce, food and beverage, hospitality, financial services, pharmaceutical and medical devices, construction, real estate, education, manufacturing, blockchain and digital assets, renewable energy, sports equipment, and telecommunications
  • Represented numerous licensors and licensees in trademark, copyright, and software license agreements
  • Advised clients regarding compliance with websites, including terms and conditions and privacy policies

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Legal counsel for several organizations that raise awareness of and funding for treatments for childhood cancers and rare cancer treatments.

Professional Activities

International Trademark Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, “Ones to Watch,” Intellectual Property Law, 2021-2023

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “The Expansion of the Internet – How to Leverage the New Domain Name System to Protect and Enhance Your Brand Online,” 2015

Board Memberships & Community Service

Brave Like Gabe Foundation, Board of Directors


Co-author, “Brand Protection Online: A Practical Guide to Protection from Online Infringement” (U.S. Chapter), Globe Law and Business, 2017



Emory University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2014)

Stanford University (B.A. 2000)



Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia