Timothy A. Bush

Timothy A. Bush: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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As head of Sirote’s Intellectual Property Practice, Tim provides skilled counsel in the complex areas of federal and state registration of trademarks, the licensing of trademark rights, and the protection of trademarks against infringement, including domain name and internet-related disputes. He also counsels clients on copyright registration, protection, and licensing, as well as software licensing. Additionally, Tim advises clients in the areas of franchise disclosure compliance and franchisor/franchisee disputes. Beyond the scope of intellectual property, Tim’s practice includes the formation of exempt organizations, the IRS exemption process and exempt organization operational issues.

Awards & Accreditations

•The Best Lawyers in America
•Best Lawyers Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Professional Profile


•The Best Lawyers in America
•Non-Profit/Charities Law, 2008-19
•Copyright Law, 2014-19
•Trademark Law, 2014-17, 2019
•Best Lawyers 2017 Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham
•Best Lawyers 2012 Non-Profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Birmingham Magazine “Top Attorney” for Intellectual Property

Thought Leadership

•Head of Sirote & Permutt Intellectual Property Practice
•Reviewed and negotiated computer software agreements, Internet related contracts, and domain name disputes on behalf of clients such as Great Southern Wood, Macess, SunGard and Verilink Corporation
•In tax exemption area, formed and advised numerous tax-exempt organizations including Bruno’s Memorial Classic, Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation and University of Alabama Health Services Foundation
•Extensive experience in the areas of trademark and service mark registration and protection, as well as trade dress protection
•Works in the franchise law area, representing the Sneaky Pete’s franchise system, the sub franchisor of the Dairy Queen system in Alabama and Northwest Florida and a variety of local franchisees of other franchise systems
•In trademark practice, represented Auburn University, Sneaky Pete’s, Great Southern Wood Preserving, RealtySouth, Axcan Scandipharm, Space Camp and Tiffin Motor Homes
•In transactional, tax planning and tax dispute areas represented such clients as Birmingham Realty, Barber Companies and Great Southern Wood

Outside the Office

Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Foundation
Director/Vice President
Brother Bryan Mission

Speeches & Publications

•Author, BUSINESS OWNERS: There’s Trouble for Your Brand on Both Sides of the ’Dot’, The Counselor, Spring 2012
•Author, What Does Green Mean? The FTC Guidelines, The Counselor, Spring 2011
•Author, How to Avoid the Sanctions Imposed for Prohibited Transactions with Retirement Plans, 15 Taxation for Lawyers 120, 1986
•Author, Statutes of Limitations in 10b-5 Actions: White v. Sanders, 34 Alabama Law Review 131, 1983


Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 - 8/17/2015
Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 - 8/19/2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014 - 8/16/2013
Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate - 12/10/2012
Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013 - 11/5/2012
Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012
Six Sirote Attorneys Designated Best Lawyers of the Year for 2012 - 11/17/2011
Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010
31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009
Sirote’s Bush And Hardin To Be Panel Members At Small Business Conference - 4/21/2009
Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Consumer & Retail
  • Franchise Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Nonprofit & Education
  • Nonprofits
  • Tax
  • Technology Licensing & Contracting
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5282  Phone
205.212.3811  Fax
University Attended:
Auburn University, BS, with Highest Honors, 1980
Law School Attended:
University of Florida School of Law, LLM, Taxation, 1984; University of Alabama School of Law, JD, 1983; Alabama Law Review, Managing Editor; University of Florida; Order of the Coif; Hugo Black Scholar
Year of First admission:
1983, Alabama and U.S. Tax Court; 2004, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; 1992, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1986, U.S. Claims Court


•Alabama State Bar Association
•Intellectual Property Section, chair, 2003-05
•International Trademark Association

Birth Information:
Rockledge, Florida, October 11, 1958

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  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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