John C. Connell Receives Mark T. Banner Award

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law awarded Archer partner, John C. Connell, with its Mark T. Banner Award. Winners of this award have advanced the practice, profession and/or substance of IP law through extraordinary contributions to, among other things, teaching, scholarship, innovation, legislation, advocacy, bar or other association activities, or the judiciary.

Mr. Connell was recognized for his role as counsel of record in Matal v. Tam, arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States in his successful representation of Simon Shiao Tam, lead singer of the Asian dance-rock band THE SLANTS. In the groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court trademark case decided last year, the Court ruled that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional under the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. The Court’s decision has already had far-reaching effects on the government’s involvement in and regulation of trademark registration.

Mr. Connell received the award at the ABA’s Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference on April 19th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Mr. Connell was honored along with Simon Tam and other members of his legal team, which included Ronald D. Coleman and Joel G. MacMull.

Constitutional law has been at the center of Mr. Connell’s 32-year career. Mr. Connell practices civil litigation as a first-chair attorney in jury and bench trials and appeals in State and federal courts. His clients range from Fortune 100 companies to individuals in an array of complex commercial, employment, civil rights, communications law, healthcare, and intellectual property matters. Mr. Connell’s work has resulted in precedential reported opinions on issues of constitutional jurisprudence, as well as statutory and common law questions.

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