Attorneys that are currently listed as practicing at Adams & Adams (Pretoria)


  1. Grègor Wolter (Commercial, Property, Litigation Chairman)
    Years of Practice: 23     Position: Partner

    Grégor Wolter is a partner of Adams & Adams and the Chairman of the Commercial, Property and Litigation Department of the firm, which has shown significant growth over the past few years. He holds B.Bus.Sci (Hons) [1991] and LLB [1993] degrees from the University of Cape Town. He was admitte... click for more information

  2. David Scheepers
    Years of Practice: 24     Position: Partner

    David is a partner in the CPL department with over 15 year's experience. His specialities lie in personal injury law, medical negligence actions, third party claims, matrimonial disputes and family Law, as well as consumer protection law. David is a member of the Pretoria Attorneys' Association and ... click for more information

  3. Gavin Kotze
    Years of Practice: 40     Position: Partner

    Professional Involvement: SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) - fellow International Federation of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) - member Pretoria Attorneys' Association - member International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI) - member Licensing Executives So... click for more information

  4. Dario Tanziani
    Years of Practice: 32     Position: Partner

    Dario has 28 years experience and has represented a variety of multinational research based pharmaceutical companies with blockbuster drug patent litigation. Dario's practice includes patent searches, transactional matters and prosecution of new patent filings. He has also contributed on aspects of ... click for more information

  5. Colin MacKenzie
    Years of Practice: 34     Position: Partner

    Colin MacKenzie's involvement with intellectual property law spans three decades. Colin qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1982 and worked for a company specialising in the design and manufacture of military equipment. In 1984 Colin joined Adams and Adams and qualified as a patent attorney in 19... click for more information

  6. Craig Forbes
    Years of Practice: 30     Position: Partner

    Areas of Specialisation: Drafting of patent specifications and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, plastics and polymer technology. Patent assignments, amendments, renewals and restorations. Professional Involvement: SA Institute of... click for more information

  7. Louis van der Walt
    Years of Practice: 25     Position: Partner (Vice-chair - Patents Department)

    Louis van der Walt is a partner in the Patent Department of Adams & Adams and advises clients in relation to the preparation and filing of patent applications, registered design applications and plant breeders' rights. Louis was awarded a B.Eng (Chemical) degree cum laude after completing his studie... click for more information

  8. Russell Bagnall
    Years of Practice: 22     Position: Partner

    Russell Bagnall has been a partner at Adams & Adams since 1998 and is head of the patent and design litigation group, and chairman of the patent department. Before joining Adams & Adams, he spent several years employed by a multinational mining house. Mr Bagnall specialises in patent litigation and ... click for more information

  9. Janice Galvad
    Years of Practice: 19     Position: Partner

    Janice Galvad has been a partner at Adams & Adams since 2004. She is a qualified patent attorney and holds a Masters Degree in Commercial Law. She heads up the Patents Overseas Filing Section of Adams & Adams in Pretoria, South Africa, a position she has held since 2006. Janice heads up a team of f... click for more information

  10. Dieter Welthagen
    Years of Practice: 17     Position: Partner

    Dieter Welthagen is a partner in the Overseas Filing Section of the Patent Department, which is responsible for filing and prosecuting patent applications and design registration applications on behalf of clients based in countries other than South Africa. He holds BEng Civil Engineering and LLB deg... click for more information

  11. James Davies
    Years of Practice: 15     Position: Partner

    James is a patent attorney with an electronic and computer background, and with a genuine interest in these things and all things technological. James works in the patent department, mainly assisting local clients in filing and prosecution patent and design applications in South Africa and indeed al... click for more information

  12. Chris Job
    Years of Practice: 45     Position: Partner

    Practice Areas: High Court and other litigation in the following fields Trade Marks Unlawful competition Copyright Designs Advertising disputes Professional Involvement: Statutory Advisory Committee on Copyright, Trade Marks, Patents and Designs (until 1999) SA Institute of Intellectual ... click for more information

  13. Howard Rogers
    Years of Practice: 39     Position: Partner

    Practice Areas: Recordal of ownership changes - assignments - licences - security interests - hypothecation - due diligence investigations - renewals Professional Involvement: SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) - member Pretoria Attorneys' Association - member Law Society of... click for more information

  14. Johan du Preez
    Years of Practice: 33     Position: Partner

    I am a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property Protection in South Africa and African with particularly expertise in all areas of Trade Mark Law, from brand creation, clearance searches; local, African and overseas trademark filings strategies, filing for the protection through the entire proce... click for more information

  15. Nelia Hickman
    Years of Practice: 30     Position: Partner

    Nelia Hickman holds BA LLB-degrees from Stellenbosch University and an Honours through UNISA. After a spell in general law and trade mark litigation, Nelia has specialized in trade mark prosecution work for over two decades, including prosecution hearings on behalf of the firm, filings throughout th... click for more information

  16. Mariëtte du Plessis
    Years of Practice: 28     Position: Partner

    Mariëtte du Plessis has been a partner in the firm of Adams & Adams since 1997. She became a partner at the firm of John & Kernick in 1988, where she headed the Trade Mark Litigation section and attended to the full spectrum of trade mark and copyright litigation. Mariëtte specialises in ... click for more information

  17. Samantha Copeling
    Years of Practice: 27     Position: Partner

    Samantha is a partner in Adams & Adams's Trademark Department. She graduated with an LLB from Cape Town University in 1990 and has 23 year's post qualification experience. She practices in the Trademark Prosecution Department and specialises in clearance searches, all aspects of trade mark registrat... click for more information

  18. Gérard du Plessis (Chairman)
    Years of Practice: 26     Position: Partner

    Practice Areas: Litigation relating to Trade Marks, Copyright, Designs, Unlawful Competition Domain names, and Counterfeit Goods Litigation in the above areas Accolades: Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Trademarks 2013 The International Who's Who of Tra... click for more information

  19. Simon Brown
    Years of Practice: 21     Position: Partner (Co-Chairperson - Trade Marks Department)

    Simon was born, bred and educated in Pretoria which, except for a stint running the Mauritius Office, has been his home. Simon was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 1997. For the past 18 years he has been a Partner at Adams & Adams. At present, he is the Head of the Trade Mark Prosecutio... click for more information

  20. Joseph Goedhals
    Years of Practice: 25    

    Practice Areas: Trade Mark filings, searches and prosecutions Trade Marks (Africa and international) Trade Mark Portfolio Management Accolades: South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Trade Mark Committee South African Institute of Intellectual Property La... click for more information

  21. Blain de Villiers
    Years of Practice: 23     Position: Partner

    Blain de Villiers is a partner in the Trade Marks Department, holding BA (Law)(UCT) and LLB (Tuks) degrees. A qualified Trade Mark Practitioner, Fellow of the SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law and member of international organisations, including INTA and AIPPI, Blain specialises in managing ... click for more information

  22. Megan Moerdijk
    Years of Practice: 26     Position: Partner

    Practice Areas: Trade Marks (Africa and international) Professional Involvement: Law Society of the Northern Provinces - member South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) - Fellow, Committee Member and Lecturer (Comparative International Trade Mark Laws) European Comm... click for more information

  23. Lucy Signorelli
    Years of Practice: 17     Position: Partner

    Lucy Signorelli is a partner in the firm's Trade Mark Litigation Department and one of the partners heading up the Anti-Counterfeiting team since 2010. She is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner with 16 years of experience. She holds BProc and LLB degrees, both cum laude, from the Unive... click for more information

  24. Kelly Thompson
    Years of Practice: 18     Position: Partner (Chairperson: Trade Mark Litigation)

    Kelly Thompson chairs the firm's Trade Mark Litigation department. She is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner and has been a partner of the firm since March 2004. Kelly advises some of the world's top multi-national organisations on the protection and enforcement of their brands and oth... click for more information

  25. Nolo Khechane
    Years of Practice: 16     Position: Partner

    Practice Areas: Trade mark filings, searches and prosecution Portfolio Management Professional Involvement: Law Society of the Northern Province - member South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) - student Black Lawyers Association - member click for more information

  26. Jenny Pienaar
    Years of Practice: 23     Position: Partner

    Jenny is a senior partner in the Adams & Adams Trade mark Department. Her areas of practice include trade mark litigation, domain name registration and securing domains from unlawful proprietors, as well as litigation relating to copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, company name objections ... click for more information

  27. Ferdi Myburg
    Years of Practice: 32     Position: Associate

    Ferdi Myburg is a partner in the Trade Mark Department. He deals with all aspects of trade mark renewals and maintenance which include title updates, name, address and address for service updates, amendments and general trade mark enquiries. Practice Areas: Associate in renewal and recordal secti... click for more information

  28. Lauren Ross
    Years of Practice: 14     Position: Partner

    Lauren holds BProc and LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria. Lauren is an admitted attorney and member of the Law Society of the Northern Province. She is a qualified Trade Mark Practitioner and a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Lauren has practical experi... click for more information

  29. Bilkis Daby (née Rassool)
    Years of Practice: 16     Position: Partner

    Bilkis is a partner in the Trade Marks Department, holding a LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A qualified Trade Mark Practitioner, Fellow of the SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law and member of international organisations, including INTA and PTMG, Bilkis specialises in all asp... click for more information

  30. Dale Healy
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Partner

    Dale Healy is a partner in the firm's trade mark litigation practice. He was admitted as an attorney in 2005 and became a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property law in the same year. Mr Healy advises clients in connection with all aspects of trade mark and brand enforcement,... click for more information

  31. Mandy Gordon
    Years of Practice: 15     Position: Partner

    Mandy completed her articles at A&A and has been with us for over 10 years. A partner in the Trade Mark Litigation department, she represents a broad range of international clients, including vehicle manufacturers, foodstuffs and telecommunication providers. Focused on trade mark and copyright litig... click for more information

  32. Leander Opperman
    Years of Practice: 21     Position: Partner

    Mr Opperman has 17 years post qualification experience and is a partner in the Litigation unit of the Commercial, Property & Litigation Department of Adams & Adams. He practises from the firm's Pretoria office in Gauteng, South Africa. Mr Opperman advises clients on specialized recoveries (most of h... click for more information

  33. Roelof Grove
    Years of Practice: 18     Position: Partner

    Roelof Grove is a partner of Adams & Adams and head of the Property Department. He obtained his B.Lur and LLB degrees from University of the Free State and read for his LLM through Unisa. He has 16 years' experience as an attorney, conveyancer and notary. Roelof advises clients on all aspects of pr... click for more information

  34. Nicolette Koch
    Years of Practice: 20     Position: Partner

    Nicolette Koch is a partner in the Commercial, Property and Litigation department of Adams & Adams. She has 13 years experience acting on behalf of clients in personal injury claims, inclusive of third party claims against the Road Accident Fund, medical negligence, assault, actions of animals, poth... click for more information

  35. Michael Gwala
    Years of Practice: 15     Position: Partner

    Michael Gwala is an attorney in South Africa and counsellor-at-law in the State of New York. During 2008/9 Michael obtained a prestigious scholarship and worked as a visiting attorney in the merger & acquisitions department of a well-known magic circle law firm in New York. He is a member of the New... click for more information

  36. Alexis Apostolidis
    Years of Practice: 18     Position: Partner

    Alexis Apostolidis is a partner in the patent litigation practice of Adams & Adams and heads the competition law department of the firm. He is well versed in all aspects of patent law and specialises in opinion work and patent litigation in the life sciences, agrochemical, petrochemical, IT and cons... click for more information

  37. Somayya Khan
    Years of Practice: 16     Position: Partner

    Somayya is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner who has worked in the legal field in the private and public sector in London, United Kingdom, prior to joining Adams and Adams in 2006. Somayya has been a partner of the firm since 2009 and specialises in intellectual property law and pract... click for more information

  38. Danie Strachan
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Partner

    ‘Danie's clients range from entrepreneurs and technology start-ups to well-known multi-nationals. Clients often seek his advice regarding the establishment of an enterprise in South Africa, and he drafts and reviews agreements needed for their operations and to grow their businesses. Danie als... click for more information

  39. Godfrey Budeli
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Associate

    Godfrey Budeli is a partner in Trade Mark Litigation Department with 9 years experience and is currently one of three partners heading up the Anti-Counterfeiting team. He holds LLB from the University of Pretoria and LLM from the University of Cape Town. His area of interest is civil and criminal li... click for more information

  40. Lindie Serrurier
    Years of Practice: 16     Position: Senior Associate

    Lindie was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 2005. She then spent some time at the Advertising Standards Authority and joined Adams & Adams in 2006. For the past 6 years, she has been working in the Trade Mark Prosecution and Recordal Department. Lindie's practice focuses largely on trade... click for more information

  41. Danie Dohmen
    Years of Practice: 21     Position: Partner

    Danie Dohmen is a partner at Adams & Adams in the patent litigation department. He specialises in patent and design litigation, commercialisation and opinion work. Danie has for a number of consecutive years been ranked in the highest tier for patent litigation in South Africa. Danie represents mul... click for more information

  42. Andrew Molver
    Years of Practice: 10     Position: Partner

    Andrew Molver is a litigation specialist and a member of the firm's dispute resolution team. He has particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law (including, public procurement law), regulatory law and general commercial litigation. Andrew's constitutional and administrative law exp... click for more information

  43. Werina Griffiths
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Partner

    Ms Griffiths started her career in the firm's Commercial Property and Litigation Department before joining the Trade Mark Litigation Department. Her practice is focused on all forms of intellectual property with a keen interest in copyright. She has knowledge and experience in all types of enforceme... click for more information

  44. Jac Marais
    Years of Practice: 10     Position: Partner

    Jac specialises in competition law, commercial litigation, and general regulatory advice. Jac holds qualifications from the University of Stellenbosch, Wits and King's College, London. He and his team represents local and international clients in numerous high profile matters and their experience sp... click for more information

  45. Jani Cronjé
    Years of Practice: 11     Position: Partner

    Jani Cronjé is a partner in the firm's Trade Mark Litigation department. She specialises in trade mark oppositions and cancellations, trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes, domain name complaints, ASA complaints and copyright infringement matters. Jani also advises clients regardi... click for more information

  46. Jean-Paul Rudd
    Years of Practice: 11     Position: Partner

    Jean-Paul Rudd is a partner in our personal injury and insurance departments. He specialises in civil litigation with special emphasis on personal injury related matters, which includes Road Accident Fund, medical negligence, slip and fall and wrongful arrest claims, professional indemnity matters, ... click for more information

  47. Marius Gerber
    Years of Practice: 20     Position: Partner

    Marius Gerber is a partner and obtained the degrees B.Com (cum laude) and LLB (cum laude). He specialised in Intellectual Property in 1999 and became a partner at a leading commercial law firm in 2002. He joined Adams in 2012 and specialises in trade mark registration and portfolio management, and a... click for more information

  48. Martin Mota
    Years of Practice: 10     Position: Partner

    Martin is a Partner in the Corporate Commercial Department of Adams & Adams. He holds an LLB from the University of Witwatersrand, an LLM (Tax) from the University of Pretoria and is currently studying towards another LLM (Corporate Law) with the University of Pretoria. Martin's main practice areas ... click for more information

  49. Nicky Garnett
    Years of Practice: 18     Position: Partner

    Nicky Garnett is the Head of the Africa Patent Department at Adams & Adams in Pretoria, South Africa, a position she has held since 2008. Nicky is originally from Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa in 2008. She obtained her law degree from the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in 1997 and in 20... click for more information

  50. Nicolette Biggar
    Years of Practice: 20     Position: Partner

    Nicolette Biggar is a Partner in the Trade Mark prosecution department in Pretoria. She holds a Social Science degree and LLB from the University of Kwazulu Natal and a LLM (Intellectual Property Law) from UNISA. The focus of her practice is on Trade Mark protection (from application to registration... click for more information

  51. Nthabisheng Phaswana
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Partner

    Nthabisheng is a partner in the Africa Patent Department .She holds LLB and LLM (Mercantile Law) from the University of Pretoria. She is an admitted attorney with 11 years post article experience. Nthabisheng joined Adams and Adams in 2007 and has been responsible for patent and design enquiries, t... click for more information

  52. Venashrie Mannar
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Partner

    Venashrie Mannar is a Partner in the Property Department. She holds a LLB degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary Public. She practices in all areas of property law which include transfers, mortgage and notarial bonds, servitudes and opening o... click for more information

  53. Nolwazi Gcaba
    Years of Practice: 20     Position: Partner

    Nolwazi has eighteen years post qualification experience in the field of trade mark law. Her specific field of focus is trade marks and copyright litigation including passing-off and unlawful competition. Nolwazi advises clients from divergent industries including from the fashion and luxury goods, ... click for more information

  54. Nishan Singh
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Partner

    Nishan Singh is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner, who has been a partner of the firm since March 2012. Nishan advises some of the world's top multi-national organisations on the protection and enforcement of their brands and related intellectual property in Africa. He has extensive e... click for more information

  55. Debbie Marriott
    Years of Practice: 17     Position: Partner

    Debbie Marriott is a Partner in the Trade Mark Litigation department, and is admitted as a Solicitor in the UK in addition to being a South African Attorney. She is a fellow of the Institute of Intellectual Property Law, and sits on the Council body for the Institute, as well its ADR, Copyright and ... click for more information

  56. Pieter Visagie
    Years of Practice: 11     Position: Partner

    Pieter is a registered patent attorney in the Patent Department. His practice is focused on the drafting of patent specifications and the prosecution of patent applications both locally and abroad. In this respect, Pieter has had extensive exposure to the practices of the patent offices of most majo... click for more information

  57. Wilhelm Prozesky
    Years of Practice: 9     Position: Partner

    Wilhelm Prozesky is a qualified patent attorney and a partner in the Patent Department of Adams & Adams. He was awarded Hons. BSc Genetics (2001) and LLB degrees (2005) from the University of Pretoria. After joining Adams & Adams in 2006, Wilhelm completed his articles at the firm in 2007 and was ad... click for more information

  58. Claire Bothma
    Years of Practice: 15     Position: Senior Associate

    Claire is a senior associate in the Trade Mark Department. She holds B.Com (Law) and L.L.B. degrees and is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer, Notary Public and a qualified Trade Mark Practitioner. Claire has 10 years experience in trade mark portfolio management, searches, filing and the prosecution... click for more information

  59. Kagisho Manyashi
    Years of Practice: 13     Position: Senior Associate

    After spending 3 years at a general law firm, Kagisho developed a passion for Intellectual Property law and joined the Department of Trade and Industry in 2003 as a Trade Mark examiner. At the same time he continued and completed his LLM studies at the University of South Africa specialising in Inte... click for more information

  60. Gerda Bouwer
    Years of Practice: 11     Position: Senior Associate

    Practice Areas: Trade mark prosecution: trade mark office availability searches and filing click for more information

  61. Natasha Wright
    Years of Practice: 10     Position: Senior Associate

    Practice Areas: Trade mark litigation, copyright litigation, company and close corporation name objections, litigation relating to advertising, marketing, unlawful competition, passing-off and related issues Professional Involvement: South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (S... click for more information

  62. Delene Bertasso
    Years of Practice: 25     Position: Senior Associate

    Practice Areas: Trade Mark Prosecution and Litigation, copyright litigation, proceedings before the Advertising Standards Authority Professional Involvement: South African Institute of Intellectual Property - Member The Law Society of the Northern Provinces - member click for more information

  63. Nicole Smalberger
    Years of Practice: 9     Position: Senior Associate

    Nicole Smalberger is a Senior Associate in the trade mark litigation department of Adams & Adams. Ms Smalberger holds an LLB (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. After commencing her articles of clerkship with the firm in 2009, she was admitted as an attorney in 2011, and obtained her quali... click for more information

  64. Laurika van Deventer
    Years of Practice: 12     Position: Associate

    Laurika van Deventer is an associate in the Patent and Design department assisting foreign clients with the preparation and filing of South African patent and design applications, this includes reviewing the claims of foreign patent specifications for compliance with the requirements as set out in o... click for more information

  65. Andrew Phillips
    Years of Practice: 9     Position: Senior Associate

    Andrew Phillips is a litigation specialist and a member of the firm's insurance and personal injury team. Andrew's practice covers all aspects of insurance, delictual and personal injury litigation, with a specific focus on medical negligence, third party and slip & fall claims, professional neglig... click for more information