Mr. Vickers represent clients in intellectual property matters and litigation throughout State and Federal courts across the U.S. He has represented global companies as general counsel, and provided the same level of expertise to small businesses and individuals. Before law school, Mr. Vickers worked as an engineer for a large multi-national energy company.
Mr. Vickers’ practice focuses on multiple areas of intellectual property, including patent and trademark applications, related USPTO proceedings, enforcement of intellectual property rights, litigation and consultation. His background as an engineer provides unique insight into the often complicated and highly technical issues in intellectual property matters.
Mr. Vickers also handles a variety of construction and general litigation matters. Mr. Vickers was named a “Rising Star” by the SuperLawyers rating list in 2012 and 2014 through 2017, an honor earned by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in each state.
Mr. Vickers holds an engineering degree from Auburn University and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School. He served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and as a judicial extern to the Honorable T. Michael Putnam in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and to the Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Former Chief Justice of the Louisiana State Supreme Court.
Zachary H. Kupperman is a founding partner of the firm and represents clients in a broad range of legal and business matters, including commercial real estate, commercial transactions, corporate finance and general business law. Mr. Kupperman has particular experience in business formation, financing, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
As a real estate and business attorney, Mr. Kupperman has significant experience representing developers, investors, landlords, tenants, lenders, and financial institutions in major commercial transactions and developments, including hotels, hospitals, restaurants and retail, office multi-family, and mixed-use, including tax credit financing. He has particular experience representing lenders and borrowers in a variety of secured transactions, real estate developers in connection with the financing, acquisition, and development of commercial properties, and with zoning and land use matters.
Mr. Kupperman also has significant experience representing startups and emerging growth companies, their investors, and managers in a wide-range of corporate and commercial transactional matters. Mr. Kupperman’s practice focuses on creating and structuring new businesses, equity and debt financings (including venture capital, strategic, seed, and angel financings), joint ventures and strategic alliances, and other corporate matters. Mr. Kupperman routinely works with the top startup accelerators in Louisiana, including the Idea Village, Propeller, and 4.0 Schools. He advises clients on digital media and angel investor tax credits, commercial contracting matters, general employment and equity compensation matters, and corporate governance issues. In addition, Mr. Kupperman has represented both franchisees and franchisors in preparing and negotiating franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documentation.
Mr. Kupperman is also very active in the New Orleans community. He currently sits on the board of the Anti Defamation League and The NOCCA Institute.
Outside the practice of law, Mr. Kupperman is an avid businessman and real estate developer.
1Mark is the founder of the firm. Mark has experience representing public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions, equity and debt securities offerings, venture capital transactions, and corporate governance matters. Mark is also an experienced litigator and has represented individuals in personal injury actions (including workers’ compensation), consumer protection claims and large businesses in multi-national litigation.
Mark is an active member of the Louisiana Economic Development Department’s Working Group on Capital Availability and the founder of the Louisiana Venture and Angel Capital Report, the only statistical analysis of venture and angel capital in the state of Louisiana. Mark is a mentor of the Law Without Walls (http://www.lawwithoutwalls.org/), a member of the Advisory Board of the LSBA’s Justice Entrepreneur’s Program, mentor for the Transactional Boot Camp program at Tulane Law School, and a 2014 Super Lawyer in the field of Corporate/Securities Law.
Following law school, Mark served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mark has worked at one of the nation’s premier securities and corporate law firms in Silicon Valley prior to starting his own firm.