Linda Friedman is a veteran of the intellectual property, antitrust, and business torts bars, with 40 years of experience as a litigator and counselor. She is named in The Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation-Intellectual Property and other areas, and in Alabama Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property. Linda is a past chair of the Alabama Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust and Business Torts, and has lectured frequently on trademark and copyright topics, and trade secret protection, as well as state and federal antitrust issues.

Linda’s litigation practice concentrates in trade regulation, intellectual property, and marketing matters, including competitive torts, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, franchisee/franchisor disputes, distributor/supplier disputes, antitrust, and covenants not to compete. She works with clients and adversaries to resolve disputes without litigation, saving clients the expense and uncertainty of litigation as a priority. When disputes have not been resolved amicably, Linda has defended as well as prosecuted numerous cases in federal district courts and on appeal to U.S. Courts of Appeals and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, she represents clients to resolve disputes in mediations and arbitrations, including arbitration proceedings contesting bad faith domain name registrations.

Linda recently served on an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Task Force to draft pattern jury instructions for copyright cases. She also served as an examiner for federal practice and procedure for the Alabama Bar exam.

Notable Matters
  • Madison Oslin v. Interstate Resources, et al., MJG-12-3041 (D. Md. 2015)
    Successfully defended company president and another employee from claim of trade secret misappropriation and related claims. After removing case to federal court in Birmingham, secured dismissal of numerous claims and secured transfer to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Following extensive discovery and motions for summary judgment, the court granted summary judgment for all defendants on all remaining claims, and ruled that defendants were entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees under the state trade secret statute.
  • Grand Slam Club/Ovis v. International Sheep Hunters Association, CV 2:06cv4643 (N.D. Ala. 2010) 
    After a two-week jury trial on trademark and copyright claims and counterclaims, the jury rendered a verdict for our client, Grand Slam Club/Ovis, on all counts, for a total of $1.9 million. The court denied defendants’ post-trial motions and, in December 2010, entered permanent injunction in favor of our client along with money judgment.
  • William E. Poole Designs, Inc. v. Southern Living, Inc., CV-05-B-65-S (N.D. Ala. 2008) 
    Defended Southern Living against copyright infringement claims in which the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $100 million based upon the alleged infringement of numerous house plans and artist renderings. On behalf of Southern Living, we also asserted counterclaims of trademark infringement in which we claimed that the plaintiff and its principal owner infringed the SOUTHERN LIVING mark by using the term in Google and Yahoo key word advertising campaigns, in its website metadata and in other ways on its website.
  • Huggins v. Beacon Communications, LLC, CV-01-HGD-2919 (N.D. Ala.) 
    Copyright infringement suit by author who claimed movie, produced by our clients, infringed copyright in his novel.  Succeeded in transferring case to California where defendants are located, and established that author’s failure to list his copyright as asset in his bankruptcy deprived him of standing to pursue claim.
  • Ramada Inns v. Gadsden Motel Co, 904 F.2d 1562 (11th Cir. 1986) 
    On appeal of judgment for client Ramada Inns, court upheld damages award for trademark infringement and breach of franchise agreement.