With fifteen years of experience, Mr. Goins serves as lead counsel in litigating federal cases nationwide for a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, involving trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, right of publicity, and related business torts.
Mr. Goins has been consistently ranked in peer-recognitions and publications for his expertise in intellectual property, including most recently, being named among the world’s leading trademark professionals in the 2018 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000.
With an “A to Z” transactional to litigation skill-set in intellectual property, he is a trusted business advisor in establishing and enforcing IP rights for a variety of industries including technology, new media, entertainment, consumer goods, fashion apparel and sports.
As a complementary role to his IP litigation background, Mr. Goins provides strategic advice in negotiating IP-related rights in multi-million dollar corporate deals, manages large-scale trademark and copyright portfolio registrations, and resolves IP-related social media disputes.
As a litigator, Mr. Goins has served as lead counsel in federal cases nationally involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement, RICO counterfeiting, false advertising, unfair competition, cybersquatting, Internet libel and gripe sites, misappropriation of trade secrets, rights of publicity, business torts, fraud and breach of contract claims.
As a counselor, and in efforts to mitigate litigious risk, Mr. Goins regularly advises clients in avoiding a multitude of potential pitfalls regarding IP issues in corporate transactions. He has prepared agreements with regard to ownership, indemnification, warranties, use and licensing of IP rights involving employees and consultants, joint ventures, technology, online services, research and development, advertising sponsorships and promotional rights, music, tv and film, global marketing campaigns, and major entertainment and sporting events.
He has conducted IP audits, including due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Goins has drafted and enforced confidential non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements; trade secrets’ policies; and copyright “works made for hire” agreements.
He has negotiated licenses for distribution content (including digital media and related technology) as an additional means of brand value monetization and advertising expansion. Mr. Goins has also advised on ambush marketing tactics and FTC advertising compliance.
Mr. Goins is a frequent speaker and author on various topics regarding intellectual property, and lectures on copyright and trademark law as an Adjunct Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Inez Smith Reid of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
- Howard University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2002
- University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts, 1999
- State Bar Admissions
- District of Columbia
- United States Courts of Appeals & Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Courts
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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