W. Asa Hutchinson III

Asa Hutchinson III

Managing Partner

Utilizing his unique experience as a former federal prosecutor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office attorney and civil litigator, Asa Hutchinson III focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation, immigration law and intellectual property matters. Asa routinely represents and advises clients concerning employment and labor matters, U.S. visa cases, contractual disputes, trademark registrations, IP infringement cases, corporate formation and governance matters and secured real estate transactions. 

Subsequently, Asa was asked to join President George W. Bush’s Administration as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and subsequently served as an Associate Solicitor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  In both positions, Asa’s work primarily focused on intellectual property issues, litigating USPTO decisions on appeal to federal court and managing intra-governmental IP policies between the Department of Commerce and the White House.  Asa engaged in an extensive intellectual property litigation practice in the federal courts, briefing or arguing over a dozen patent or trademark appeals in U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

After returning to private practice, Asa has gained extensive experience throughout the U.S., some of which includes the following: 

  • Jointly defending Asbury Automotive, a New York-based, publicly held company, in a $23 million breach of contract action filed by the company’s former employees, in which the defense team obtained a complete defense verdict from the jury;
  • Assisting numerous foreign nationals from China, Guatemala, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom with immigration matters and visas including L1, F1 and B1/B2s;
  • Serving as a defense counsel to a large municipal utility in illegal exaction lawsuits filed against it in federal and state courts, with each action being dismissed without class certification;
  • Successfully prosecuting, on behalf of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., several trademark infringement actions in U.S. District Court against various web-based companies located throughout the country;
  • Representing a federal contractor that manufactures, sells, and trains in the use of less lethal munitions before the U.S. Departments of State and the Army, which had suspended the company’s export licenses and federal contracts due to criminal charges filed against two former company employees, resulting in the termination of the suspensions and the avoidance of criminal charges by  the U.S. Department of Justice against the company and its owners;
  • Defending Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. against a multi-million-dollar suit filed in federal court by a former vendor and obtaining a defense verdict, including a six-figure counterclaim judgment, for the client; 
  • Securing a six-figure judgment for a small software company from a state court jury against a large, statewide trade association for breach of contract and successfully defending the judgment on appeal;
  • Serving as outside general counsel for a statewide restaurant chain with ten locations and more than 450 employees;
  • Litigating a federal court tort case against a Bulgarian software manufacturer in 2018 resulting in a large, six-figure settlement for the client;  
  • Negotiating a six-figure settlement for an injured client suing a manufacturer for product liability in multi-district federal court litigation; and 
  • Serving as a Director and Corporate Counsel of a small-cap nutraceutical manufacturer.

Education

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 2000

B.S., Accounting, cum laude, University of Arkansas, 1997

 

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, 2001
  • Missouri, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri, 2007

Professional And Community Organizations

  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member, Missouri Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Arkansas Fashion Council
  • Former President, Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas
  • Former Member, Advisory Board, The Children’s Museum of Northwest Arkansas

 

Federal Government Service

Associate Independent Counsel, Washington, DC

Associate Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, DC

Attorney and Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington DC

 

Contact:

Email: ahutchinson@ahlawgroup.com

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