When John F. Kennedy made his brother Robert Attorney General in 1961, many people were greatly distressed by an act they considered improper nepotism. The President replied, “I can’t see that it’s wrong to give him a little legal experience before he goes out to practice law.”
Jim Astrachan is one of the select members appointed to the International Trademark Association’s Panel of Trademark Mediators, a panel of neutrals who help those involved in trademark disputes resolve their issues short of litigation. He is the only Maryland-listed neutral on the Panel. These mediators have proven expertise in trademark and unfair competition issues and a background in mediation. Each has a deep understanding of the business issues that can help to frame a creative dispute resolution. Either before or during litigation, mediation is an inexpensive approach to trademark problem solving that is likely to be helpful. Before litigation begins, or early in the process, it makes good sense to see if the matter can be resolved.