Phil Cardinale Certified as Legal Specialist in Trademark Law

Phil Cardinale was recently recognized by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law. He is the only lawyer statewide to have passed the difficult certification exam in this specialty during 2019 and he joins fewer than 30 specialists certified by the State Bar. Dr. Cardinale has been practicing intellectual property and technology law since 2007, including in matters involving trademark, copyright, e-commerce, cybersecurity / data privacy, and publicity rights, as well as counseling, transactions, and litigation relating to the technology industry.

The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must have been in practice for at least five years, devote a significant part of his or her practice to the specialty area, attend substantial continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges, and pass a written examination in the specialty practice area. For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, please visit the Legal Specialization website at, or call the State Bar at (919) 828-4620.


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