Joe Staley

Of Counsel


Law School

Emory University School of Law 2005


Auburn University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2002

practice areas



Joe Staley is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group and is experienced with all aspects of intellectual property litigation including, patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and various other intellectual property disputes.  Joe also counsels clients on patent and trademark prosecution matters, licensing, counterfeiting, due diligence, clearance issues, and developing corporate IP strategies.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, where he graduated first in his class, and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.  While at Emory, Joe was enrolled in a dual program with GA Tech that focused on serving the needs of startup entities and the commercialization of emerging technologies.  Before joining Thomas Horstemeyer, Joe was the Vice President of Legal for Atlanta-based Kids II Inc., was previously a partner at Gardner Groff, PC, and worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner.  As a result of Joe’s extensive experience managing the legal affairs of a global company, he is adept at handling complex intellectual property litigation matters in the US and various jurisdictions around the world. 


Joe is licensed to practice law in Georgia, is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is presently pending admission to join the Colorado State Bar.  Joe is also admitted to practice before several Federal Courts, including the US. District Courts for the Northern and Middle District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.   


State Bar of Georgia

United States Patent and Trademark Office

State Bar of Georgia Intellectual Property  Law Section – Executive Committee Member

Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court – Founding Member and Pupilage Group Leader

State Bar of Georgia Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution – Certified Arbitrator and Mediator