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Marcus R. Chatterton

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  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 2007, magna cum laude; Order of the Barristers; National Trial Team 
  • Auburn University
    B.S., 2000, Environmental Science
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2007
About Marcus
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I usually represent large and small businesses (including regulated entities), artists, innovators, and creative minds in matters involving technology and intellectual property.

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    I spent almost ten years in the Marine Corps, both during and after college. I served in the Middle East during the earliest stages of the Iraq War. The lessons I learned in the Corps influence my life and my law practice in profound ways.

  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
  • How are you involved in your community?

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  • Copyright Infringement: Successfully defended a developer accused of stealing a competitor's copyrighted house plans by obtaining a summary judgment declaring that the developer's plans did not infringe the competitor’s copyright. (2013)
  • Patent Infringement: Represented a regulated utility in the defense of a coordinated attack by a "patent troll" focused on a core industry technology. (2014)
  • Product Liability / Counterfeiting: Successfully defended a manufacturer in the exercise industry in a product liability matter where the defense centered on determining, and proving, that the product at issue was a counterfeit reproduction of the client’s product, resulting in a summary judgment that the client was not liable under any theory. (2010)
  • Trade Secret / Breach of Contract: Successfully brought suit on behalf of a university that developed technology (later patented) for training specialized working dogs that was misappropriated by a contractor, resulting in a stipulated judgment against the contractor on the eve of trial. (2014)
  • Copyright Infringement: Successfully defended a professional theater company against claims of copyright infringement that arose from a licensing dispute between the playwright and a production company. (2012)
  •  Technology / Qui Tam: Defended a regulated entity against claims under the U.S. False Claims Act relating to a key business technology. (2011)
  •  Patent Reexamination: Represented a physician / small-business owner in a petition to invalidate the patent issued to a competitor for core technology that is central to both businesses. (2016)
  •  FDA / USDA: Represented a botanical extract company in a series of cases involving allegations of product contamination, mislabeling, and adulteration in circumstances that required detail chemical testing and analysis and application of federal regulations to the results of that analysis. (2016)
  • Casualty / Business Technology: Represented a regulated entity in a major wrongful death lawsuit that involved the use of core technology and previously-unavailable electronic data to dispute liability. (2012)
  • Copyright Infringement: Represented an artist in a series of copyright enforcement actions involving overseas copying and domestic distribution of copyrighted artwork on media ranging from housewares to handbags to decorative glazed tiles. (2014)



      Speaking Engagements


        • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude; Order of the Barristers; National Trial Team 
        • Auburn University, B.S., 2000, Environmental Science
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2007
        • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2008
        • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2008
        • Alabama State Courts, 2007
        Bar Admissions
        • Alabama, 2007
        Professional Affiliations
        • American Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Copyright Subcommittee for the Intellectual Property Committee in the ABA Section of Litigation
        • Alabama State Bar Association, Chair of the Digital Communication Committee
        Awards & Accolades
        • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation 
        • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014 - present
        • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, 2018
        Community Involvement
        • Rotary Club of Shades Valley, International Service Committee, Sergeant at Arms
        • Bluff Park United Methodist Church, past chair of the Board of Stewards, Sunday School Leader