Law at the Velocity of Commerce
Astrachan Gunst Thomas is known for its intellectual property practice, but its reputation was built on providing business law solutions to businesses with creative products.
We regularly litigate cases in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and in Maryland Circuit Courts. Our lawyers are admitted to the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and California, and are admitted to practice in the federal courts in these jurisdictions and others.
We provide legal services relating to the selection, protection, defense and exploitation of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, software, literary and artistic works, advertisements and trade secrets. We are frequent lecturers and teachers of intellectual property subjects.
We help develop and institute creative, effective and practical workplace solutions for small and large employers, and often lecture on employment-related subjects, including the Family Medical Leave Act, violence in the workplace, and employees’ use of social media.
We counsel clients on the formation, financing, operation, maintenance, licensing, reorganization, acquisition, and disposal of businesses and business assets. We have an extensive merger and acquisition practice, often involving clients with creative products or services such as advertising agencies, media, software developers, and more.
We represent clients in music, motion pictures and documentary filmmaking, book publishing, television, theatre and multimedia ventures. We have successfully represented Grammy® award winning and nominated artists, best-selling authors and professional athletes.
We regularly counsel and help taxpayers to find workable solutions to problems they encounter (or have been the primary cause of) with the Internal Revenue Service and the Maryland Comptroller.
Jim Astrachan is one of the select members appointed to the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Panel of Trademark Mediators (the only one in Maryland), a panel of neutrals who help those involved in trademark disputes resolve their issues short of litigation.