Kay Rickelman of Spoor & Fisher South Africa was announced as a winner of the prestigious Client Choice Awards for 2020, dominating the Intellectual Property – Trademarks category for South Africa.
Kay is Spoor & Fisher’s foreign trade marks counsel, and an expert in obtaining and enforcing trade mark protection in foreign countries. She has BSc cum laude and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Illinois, and is an Attorney of both the State of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit, US Federal Court.
With over 35 years of experience in domestic and international trade mark registration, searches and clearance, and international trade mark litigation, Kay also specialises in portfolio management and trade mark matters in Africa and abroad.
This year, Client Choice recognises 490 winners across 82 jurisdictions, identifying Kay as a worthy winner based on superlative client reviews for: quality of legal advice, commercial awareness, industry knowledge, strategic thinking, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, value for money, responsiveness, effective communication, clarity of documentation, sharing of expertise, appropriate staffing, project management, use of technology, loyalty and ethics.
Client Choice recognises law firm partners worldwide that stand apart for the excellent client care and quality of service they provide. It focuses on an ability to add real value to clients’ businesses, above and beyond the other players in the market.
Uniquely, lawyers can be nominated for a Client Choice Award only by fellow corporate counsel, with the 2020 winners chosen from a pool of over 2 500 nominations and over 2 000 individual client assessments.