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Mark S. VanderBroek

Partner

Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
mark.vanderbroek@nelsonmullins.com

Mark VanderBroek is experienced in intellectual property litigation and counseling, franchise law and litigation, business litigation, and construction law and litigation.

Mark VanderBroek is experienced in intellectual property litigation and counseling, franchise law and litigation, business litigation, and construction law and litigation.

Mark VanderBroek is experienced in intellectual property litigation and counseling, franchise law and litigation, business litigation, and construction law and litigation.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Counseling – involving:
    • trademarks and trade dress
    • copyrights
    • false advertising and unfair competition
    • restrictive covenants and misappropriation of trade secrets
    • Internet, social media, and technology
  • Franchise Law and Litigation, including:
    • counseling on franchise disclosure, regulation, contracts, compliance, and starting up/modifying franchise systems
    • litigating franchise and business disputes for franchisors and franchisees
    • defending vicarious liability claims against franchisors
  • Business Litigation – including claims of:
    • breach of contract
    • tortious interference, fraud, RICO, other business torts
    • defamation – including online defamation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
    • Litigating design, construction, and real estate claims
    • Drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts
  • Has tried cases to verdict before judges, juries, and arbitrators; is experienced in pursuing and defending against motions for preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Representative Engagements

  • Lone Star Steaks v. Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon. Trademark infringement suit; obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions and award of damages and attorneys fees for local restaurant chain against national restaurant chain.
  • PharmaNetics v. Aventis Pharmaceutical. Obtained denial of preliminary injunction motion on claims of false advertising of prescription drug product and disparagement of plaintiff's medical device; summary judgment granted on those and additional claims of breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, and unfair competition; affirmed on appeal to 4th Circuit.
  • Market Street Press v. Google. Defended Google against trademark infringement claims alleging that advertising tagline was causing "reverse confusion" of the public.
  • Represent franchisors (which have included Shoney's, Atlanta Bread Company, Ramada, Days Inn, Century 21, and Coldwell Banker) in suits and arbitrations to enforce termination of franchise, enjoin trademark and trade dress infringement, enforce restrictive covenants and trade secret rights, and recover damages, and defending against claims of fraud, wrongful termination, franchise disclosure violations and vicarious liability claims.
  • Little Caesars v. Ready to Go Pizza. Represented Little Caesars in lawsuit against franchisee manager for misappropriation of trade secrets in starting competing ready-to-go pizza restaurant.
  • SunAmerica v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. Led three-firm legal team in appeal of trademark infringement case involving issues of acquiescence and “inevitable” confusion, and in defending second trademark suit involving multiple issues and 14 expert witnesses.
  • Fox SportSouth v. Turner Broadcasting System. Defended TBS against lawsuit and preliminary injunction motion seeking to enjoin launch of new cable network as breach of contractual restrictive covenant.
  • Montlick & Associates v. Exclusive Legal Marketing.  Pursued trademark infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition lawsuit against lawyer referral service employing deceptive Google keyword advertisements to divert potential clients in “bait and switch” scheme, resulting in successful settlements.
  • Tried defamation claims for national restaurant franchisor against former franchisee who posted dozens of disparaging Internet publications, obtaining preliminary and permanent injunctions and damages award.
  • Monjes v. Days Inns.  Obtained summary judgment for hotel franchisor on vicarious liability claims arising from shooting at franchisee hotel.
  • Represented software designer and major shareholder in lawsuit for copyright infringement and breaches of contract and fiduciary duties arising from dispute over ownership and licensing of software program and business divorce
  • Successfully tried cases defending challenges by disappointed bidders to state government awards of multi-million dollar computer contracts.
  • Kyle v. Georgia Lottery and Scientific Games. Defended state lottery corporation and its ticket printer against trademark infringement claims; summary judgment granted and affirmed by Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • Bake One v. Greig Mare et. al. Represented manufacturer in lawsuit alleging RICO, fraud, and related claims against former employees and vendors involved in bribery and kickback scheme.
  • Represented Chick-fil-A in cases of copyright and trademark infringement and trademark dilution of “cow” advertising spokes-animals and “Eat Mor Chiken” mark.
  • Represented Turner Broadcasting System in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts and counseling on legal issues and claims during and after design and construction of multi-purpose arena facility and related public improvements, and in conversion of Olympic stadium to baseball stadium.
  • Representing international tire manufacturer in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts and counseling on legal issues for design and construction of tire manufacturing plant.

Previous Professional Experience

  • Partner of Troutman Sanders

Educational Activities

  • University of Chicago School of Law
    • The University of Chicago Law Review

Education

  • University of Chicago School of Law, JD (1984)
  • University of Michigan, BBA, with honors (1981)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Tennessee

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable James C. Hill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1984 - 1985)

Practice Areas

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  • American Bar Association
    • IP Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Forum on Franchising
  • Georgia Bar Franchise Law Section
    • Former Chair and Executive Committee Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • IP Section
    • Former Board Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Nelson Mullins Pro Bono Committee
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers' Foundation
    • Advisory Board Member, former President of Board
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
    • Advisory Board Member
  • Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church
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