William H. Needle, Esq. is a registered patent attorney with substantial expertise using ADR to resolve intellectual property disputes. In 2016, Mr. Needle retired as a partner from Ballard Spahr LLP, after exclusively practicing all aspects of Intellectual Property law for over 46 years. He also served as the first Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department from 2008 to 2012.
Recognized as a “dean of the IP Bar of Atlanta,” by Chambers & Partners, Mr. Needle has distinguished himself for his abilities in advising clients on patent prosecution as well as contentious matters. From 1970-1983, he was an associate and then partner at the first IP boutique firm in Atlanta (Newton, Hopkins & Ormsby). In 1983, he started Needle & Rosenberg, which became one of the largest IP boutiques in the Southeast, and later merged with Ballard Spahr LLP. Since 1995, Mr. Needle has been an alternative dispute resolution JAMS neutral panel member, mediating and arbitrating cases and serving as a Special Master dealing with a wide array of intellectual property cases, involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.
Mr. Needle is a certified mediator for the District Court of South Carolina and is also an accredited mediator with the Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center. He served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property law issues for more than 30 years.