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


  1. Grègor Wolter
    Years of Practice: 24     Position: Partner

    - Contractual and Commercial Law Litigation (including insolvency, insurance and construction) - High Court Litigation (contractual, dellictual and enrichment claims) - Regulatory and Administrative Law - Third Party Claims (RAF) - Personal Injury Claims Grégor is a senior partner ... click for more information

  2. David Scheepers
    Years of Practice: 25     Position: Partner

    David is a partner in the CPL department with over 17 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. Dario Tanziani
    Years of Practice: 33     Position: Partner

    Dario has 30 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

  4. Colin MacKenzie
    Years of Practice: 35     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

  5. Louis van der Walt
    Years of Practice: 26     Position: Partner

    Patents: - Drafting, Filing & Prosecution Plant Breeders' Rights Designs: - Drafting, Filing & Prosecution Louis van der Walt is a partner in and past Chairman of the Patent Department of Adams & Adams and advises clients in relation to the preparation and filing of patent applications, reg... click for more information

  6. Russell Bagnall
    Years of Practice: 23     Position: Partner

    - Patent, Copyright and Design Litigation - Drafting of chemical, metallurgical and mineral processing related patent specifications Russell Bagnall has been a partner at Adams & Adams since 1998 and is head of the patent and design litigation group and was also the Patent Department's chairma... click for more information

  7. Janice Galvad
    Years of Practice: 20     Position: Partner

    Janice Galvad is a Partner in and the Chairperson of the Patent Department at Adams & Adams. She has been a Partner at the firm since 2004. She is a qualified patent attorney and holds a Master's Degree in Commercial Law. She heads up the Patents Overseas Filing Section of Adams & Adams in Pretoria,... click for more information

  8. Dieter Welthagen
    Years of Practice: 18     Position: Partner

    - Preparation, drafting and prosecution of patent cases (mechanical, civil, mining) - Preparation, drafting and prosecution of design cases Dieter Welthagen is a partner in the Overseas Filing Section of the Patent Department for 15 years, which is responsible for filing and prosecuting patent app... click for more information

  9. James Davies
    Years of Practice: 16     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

  10. Johan du Preez
    Years of Practice: 34     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

  11. Nelia Hickman
    Years of Practice: 31     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

  12. Mariëtte du Plessis
    Years of Practice: 29     Position: Partner

    - All aspects of trade mark litigation, including trade name infringement, passing off and unlawful competition, as well as company and name objections and advertising law disputes. - Copyright litigation and recordal of chain of ownership, as well as assignment agreements - Domain... click for more information

  13. Samantha Copeling
    Years of Practice: 28     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 25 years' post qualification experience. She practices in the Trademark Prosecution Department and specializes in clearance searches, all aspects of trade mark registra... click for more information

  14. Gérard du Plessis (Chairman)
    Years of Practice: 27     Position: Partner

    - Litigation relating to Trade Marks, Copyright, Designs, Unlawful Competition - Domain names, and Counterfeit Goods - Litigation in the above areas Gérard du Plessis is a senior partner of the firm and has served as the Chairman of Adams & Adams from 2013 to date. Prior to that he also se... click for more information

  15. Simon Brown
    Years of Practice: 22     Position: Partner (Co-Chairperson - Trade Marks Department)

    At present, Simon is the Head of the Trade Mark Prosecution section, as well as Co-chairperson of the Trade Mark Department at Adams & Adams. Simon's practice focuses largely on clearance investigations, filing and prosecution of trade mark cases and trade mark portfolio management throughout Africa... click for more information

  16. Joseph Goedhals
    Years of Practice: 26     Position: Partner

    Joseph Goedhals is a partner in the Trade Marks Department, holding B Com (Law) and LLB (Tuks) degrees. A qualified Trade Mark Practitioner, Fellow of the SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law and member of international organisations. Joseph specialises in managing clients' IP portfolios and ... click for more information

  17. Blain de Villiers
    Years of Practice: 24     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

  18. Megan Moerdijk
    Years of Practice: 27     Position: Partner

    Megan Moerdijk, a partner in the trade mark prosecution group, is an experienced trade mark practitioner with a specialisation in African trade mark searching, filing and prosecution. Prior to joining Adams & Adams she served as the Assistant Registrar of Trade Marks (South Africa) and now has over... click for more information

  19. Lucy Signorelli
    Years of Practice: 18     Position: Partner

    Trade Marks: - Enforcement - Piracy & Counterfeiting Copyright: - Enforcement Litigation: - Copyright - Trade Marks Lucy Signorelli is a partner in the firm's Trade Mark Prosecution department specialising in recordals across the world. She also has extensive experience in trade ma... click for more information

  20. Kelly Thompson
    Years of Practice: 19     Position: Partner (Chairperson: Trade Mark Litigation)

    Kelly Thompson, a Partner in the trade mark litigation group at Adams & Adams, is an experienced, top-tier ranked attorney and trade mark practitioner. With 16 years of post-qualification experience, Thompson advises some of the world's top multi-national organisations on the protection and enforcem... click for more information

  21. Nolo Khechane
    Years of Practice: 17     Position: Partner

    Practice Areas: Trade mark filings, searches and prosecution Portfolio Management Professional Involvement: Legal Practice Council – Member South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Student Black Lawyers Association – Member click for more information

  22. Jenny Pienaar
    Years of Practice: 24     Position: Partner

    Jenny is a 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 and re... click for more information

  23. Ferdi Myburg
    Years of Practice: 33     Position: Partner

    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: - Assignments - Name changes - Address... click for more information

  24. Lauren Ross
    Years of Practice: 15     Position: Partner

    Lauren holds BProc and LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria. Lauren is an admitted attorney and member of the Legal Practice Council. She is a qualified Trade Mark Practitioner and a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Lauren has practical experience in trade... click for more information

  25. Bilkis Daby (née Rassool)
    Years of Practice: 17     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

  26. Dale Healy
    Years of Practice: 13     Position: Partner

    Dale Healy is a partner in the firm's Trade Mark Litigation section. 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. Dale advises clients in connection with all aspects of trade mark and brand enforcement, incl... click for more information

  27. Mandy Swanepoel
    Years of Practice: 16     Position: Partner

    Mandy Swanepoel (née Gordon) runs a litigation practice exclusively focused on IP law. Mandy has extensive experience in trade mark, copyright and advertising litigation, having been in practice with Adams & Adams for over 10 years. Along with infringement, unlawful competition and passing o... click for more information

  28. Leander Opperman
    Years of Practice: 22     Position: Partner

    Leander Opperman is a senior partner in the Commercial, Property & Litigation (CPL) Department of Adams & Adams. He practices from the firm's Pretoria office in Gauteng, South Africa. He holds BLC (1994) and LLB (1996) degrees from the Universities of Pretoria and South Africa respectively and als... click for more information

  29. Roelof Grove
    Years of Practice: 19     Position: Partner

    Roelof Grove is a partner of Adams & Adams and head of the Property Department. He obtained his B.Iur and LLB degrees from University of the Free State and read for his LLM through UNISA. He has 18 years' experience as an attorney, conveyancer and notary. Roelof advises clients on all aspects of p... click for more information

  30. Nicolette Koch (Commercial, Property, Litigation Chairman)
    Years of Practice: 21     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

  31. Alexis Apostolidis
    Years of Practice: 19     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

  32. Somayya Khan
    Years of Practice: 17     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 & Adams in 2006. Somayya has been a partner of the firm since 2009 and specialises in intellectual property law and practic... click for more information

  33. Danie Strachan
    Years of Practice: 13     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 also assis... click for more information

  34. Godfrey Budeli
    Years of Practice: 13     Position: Partner

    Godfrey Budeli is one of the partners in Trade Mark Litigation section with 12 years' post admission experience and is currently heading up the Anti-Counterfeiting team. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria and an LLM degree from the University of Cape Town. His area of speciality ... click for more information

  35. Danie Dohmen
    Years of Practice: 22     Position: Partner

    Patents: - Commercialisation - Enforcement - Plant Breeders' Rights - Commercialisation - Enforcement Copyright: ­- Prosecution - Enforcement Designs: - Commercialisation - Enforcement Commercial: - Exchange Control - Licensing & Distribution Litigation: - Patent - C... click for more information

  36. Andrew Molver
    Years of Practice: 11     Position: Partner

    Andrew is a litigation specialist and a Partner in the firm's dispute resolution team. He has particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, regulatory law and general commercial litigation, and regularly handles matters in the Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court. Andre... click for more information

  37. Werina Griffiths
    Years of Practice: 13     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 enforc... click for more information

  38. Jac Marais
    Years of Practice: 11     Position: Partner

    Corporate forensic investigations, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Jac advises a number of corporate entities on various compliance related aspects including risk management and represents clients in the High Court and other dispute resolution forums. Competition law and regulatory,... click for more information

  39. Jani Cronjé
    Years of Practice: 12     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

  40. Jean-Paul Rudd
    Years of Practice: 12     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

  41. Nicky Garnett
    Years of Practice: 19     Position: Partner

    African Trade mark, design and patent filings, searches and prosecution Nicky Garnett is the Head of the Africa Patents of the Patent Department, 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 ... click for more information

  42. Nicolette Biggar
    Years of Practice: 21     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

  43. Nthabisheng Phaswana
    Years of Practice: 13     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 13 years' post article experience. Nthabisheng joined Adams & Adams in 2007 and has been responsible for patent and design enquiries, tr... click for more information

  44. Nolwazi Gcaba
    Years of Practice: 21     Position: Partner

    Nolwazi has twenty 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, ho... click for more information

  45. Nishan Singh
    Years of Practice: 13     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. Nishan has extensi... click for more information

  46. Debbie Marriott
    Years of Practice: 18     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

  47. Pieter Visagie
    Years of Practice: 12     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 ma... click for more information

  48. Wilhelm Prozesky
    Years of Practice: 10     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

  49. Thando Manentsa
    Position: Partner

    All aspects regarding contractual disputes (in a variety of corporate sectors) and unlawful competition (including both resisting and enforcing restraint of trade contractual provisions and Anton Pillar orders). Thando is a Partner and a commercial litigation specialist in the firm's dispute resol... click for more information

  50. Nondumiso Msimang
    Position: Partner

    Specialisation: Trade Marks: - Searches, Filing & Prosecution Nondumiso Msimang is a Senior Associate in the Trade Mark Prosecution department. Under the leadership of a Senior Partner, Ms Msimang advises clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, banking, co... click for more information

  51. Jan-Harm Swanepoel
    Position: Partner

    Specialisation: Trade Marks: - Piracy & Counterfeiting Litigation: - Anti-corruption & Bribery - Anti-counterfeiting - Employment & Labour Jan-Harm is a Partner in the Anti-Counterfeiting Department. He obtained his LLB from the University of Johannesburg, completed his articles and jo... click for more information

  52. Wynand Fourie
    Position: Partner

    Specialisation: All aspects of Industrial designs Patent and industrial design searches and opinions Drafting of patent specifications and prosecuting patent applications locally and abroad Wynand Fourie is a Partner in the firm's patent department and holds an electronic engineering degree ... click for more information

  53. Andrew Phillips
    Years of Practice: 10     Position: Partner

    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