Brooks Kushman Attorney to Serve as Adjunct Professor at University of Michigan

Brooks Kushman attorney Tiffany A. Fidler, Ph.D. has received an adjunct faculty appointment as lecturer at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, College of Engineering, Center for Entrepreneurship.

The mission of the department is to empower the entrepreneurial spirit of the University’s College of Engineering and drive the impact of innovation in the State of Michigan, the Nation, and in the global economy. Fidler will be teaching “Patent Law and Strategy” for Winter Semester 2016. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Engineering as well as other colleges in the University, the course explores four major concerns inventors and entrepreneurs face related to patent law: protecting inventions during product development, determining invention patentability, avoiding infringement and leveraging a patent as a business asset. The course addresses these concerns through the application of case law and business cases to an invention of the student’s choice.

Fidler focuses her practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution and counseling for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in mechanical matters, electromechanical matters, and systems. Her practice also includes design patent prosecution and she has experience protecting intellectual property rights in automotive technologies, aviation technologies, alternative energy, optics, and the consumer products industry.

Fidler has 3 years of teaching experience as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University where she established a laboratory conducting federally funded research and taught courses in the thermal fluid sciences and design sequences. She also received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is excited to return to her alma mater.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Butzel Long attorney featured during 33rd Annual National CLE Conference in Vail

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs was a featured panelist during the 33rd Annual National CEL Conference in Vail, Colo. on January 9, 2016.

The presentation was titled, “Common Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation: What Are They, And Best Tactics to Limit the Harm and Maximize the Benefit.” Other panelists included Ty Hyderally of Hyderally & Associates PC, Montclair, N.J. and the Honorable Michael J. Watanabe, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, Colo.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Fuhs concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation. He has significant experience in non-compete, non-disclosure, and trade secret disputes, business and financial services industry disputes, franchise and dealerships, transportation and logistics industry disputes, construction, real estate, securities, and sales representative matters. He also advises start-up and closely held businesses, as well as sports and fitness industry members.

He is Co-Chair of Butzel Long’s Recruiting Committee, and is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Retention Committee.

Fuhs was named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 under 40” class, which honors “the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan. He also was named to L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. Moreover, he was selected as a Top Young Lawyer (one of only six attorneys selected in Michigan), as well as a Business Litigation, and Top Franchise and Trade Secret Lawyer by DBusiness magazine. He also was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Fuhs also serves as a television color analyst for NCAA and MHSAA Basketball.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Nemeth Law names Cliff Hammond Partner

Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce Clifford L. Hammond has been named a partner in the firm. He had been a senior attorney.

Hammond joined Nemeth Law in 2007. He focuses his practice on traditional labor law, counseling and employment litigation. Areas of particular interest include the National Labor Relations Act, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, union avoidance and dispute resolution. Immediately prior to joining Nemeth Law, Hammond was labor counsel for the Service Employees International Union. Prior to beginning his law career, Hammond served as a history and social studies teacher and coached football and track and field in Detroit.

A prolific writer and commentator on labor and employment and unionization trends, Hammond also conducts training seminars on labor and employment issues throughout the State of Michigan and the country.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Cliff Hammond into the partnership,” Nemeth said. “His experience on both sides of the union table, combined with strong negotiating skills and a keen legal eye for emerging trends in the employment arena, make him a valuable member of our legal team and an exceptional advocate for our clients.”

Hammond is a multiple recipient of the Michigan Super Lawyer’s Rising Star designation and was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law, also in Delaware. Hammond is admitted to the Michigan state courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Annual Survey Underway to Benchmark Benefits and Identify Emerging Trends in Michigan

The Michigan office of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC recently launched its 13th annual Southeast Michigan Mid-Market Group Benefits Survey. The free survey and analysis helps company and human resources executives understand the leading benefit strategies implemented by area employers and guide their 2017 employee health care benefit decisions.

“In a changing economic and political environment, employers require timely and reliable data to guide their strategic planning,” said Rebecca McLaughlan, vice president, Marsh & McLennan Agency. “For over 12 years, Michigan employers and HR decision makers have relied upon this survey to help make informed benefits decisions.”

More than 450 southeast Michigan organizations are expected to participate in the 2016 Mid-Market Survey, which is updated annually to reflect the changes in employer-sponsored health care. The resulting analysis will:
• Show how Michigan organizations have adapted to and complied with the ACA, including the recently delayed reporting requirements.
• For the first time, track the interest in and use of voluntary and work-site benefits such as long-term care and critical illness coverage.
• Provide insight into how employers are leveraging wellness and health management initiatives.
• Recap PPO, HMO and CDHP plan deductibles and co-pays set by southeast Michigan employers.
• Delve into tactics employed by TrendBendersTM, high-performing organizations that have kept average cost increases below trend over the past two years.

Mid-size employers with 100-10,000 employees in southeast Michigan — including manufacturing, health care, financial, technology, service, and not-for-profit organizations — benefit from the extensive survey analysis. Participants are invited to attend a free, accredited seminar to receive the results and analysis, along with a tailored report benchmarking their organization against industry peers and the entire dataset.

Data collection is underway and will conclude March 4, 2016. Results will be released in May 2016. All data and analysis will be confidential. Interested organizations can contact Ryan Bowers at (248) 822-6231 or visit mma-mi.com.

American Society of Employers (ASE) invites companies to participate in its 2016 compensation surveys by Feb. 5

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces that its 2016 Compensation Surveys are now open for participation. Both ASE member firms and non-members are invited to contribute demographic information on their organizations and submit compensation data on their Michigan-based employee population. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 5.

ASE has been collecting and reporting compensation data for Michigan employers since 1952, and its current compensation surveys are the most comprehensive and robust in the state.

According to ASE President and CEO Mary E. Corrado, data gathered in the online survey tool will be used in ASE’s three local compensation survey reports, in addition to the Nonprofit Compensation Survey and the National Sales Compensation and Practices Survey. She stressed the importance of participation from area employers.

“The findings from these surveys will give companies an accurate and timely picture of wage and salary levels in a variety of fields and help HR professionals stay in step with current pay and benefits trends,” Corrado said.

If you would like to participate in the 2016 Compensation Surveys on behalf of your organization please contact ASE’s Survey Services at surveys@aseonline.org or call 248.223.8053 for more information.

ASE member firms completing the survey by Feb. 5 will receive a copy of the results at no cost, while non-members will receive a discount on purchasing the survey. In addition, participants will be entered into a drawing to win free tickets to ASE’s 2016 Compensation and Benefits Conference on June 15. Three organizations will be selected and each will receive three tickets at a value of $267.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people.

Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Innovation, Economic Impact of Michigan’s Defense Industry on Display at NAIAS

As part of its ongoing effort to promote the economic impact of Southeast Michigan’s defense assets and highlight the alignment of the automotive industry and the military, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted senior members of the U.S. Army for a private tour of the North American International Auto Show last week.

Participating in the tour were Lisha Adams, executive deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham, commanding general of TACOM; Chamber Chief Operating Officer and TACOM Advisory Council member Tammy Carnrike; and Chamber Board member and TACOM Advisory Council member Charles “Chip” McClure, managing partner of Michigan Capital Partners. The tour provided representatives from FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors an opportunity to meet and discuss innovative technology and new products with U.S. Army executives. In addition, MICHauto’s Glenn Stevens hosted executive and senior leaders of TACOM and TARDEC for a private tour of the NAIAS showroom floor, highlighting the newest vehicles from Michigan OEMs.

Representatives from Macomb County’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and TACOM Life Cycle Management Command were on hand throughout the week to showcase their assets through a new NAIAS display and promote the “1,000 Interns” initiative, which aims to provide current high school and college students, along with recent college graduates, with paid job opportunities.

While at the show, Bingham provided Gov. Snyder and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel a tour of the exhibit, offering an up-close look at the Army’s latest innovations such as driverless vehicles and Stryker fleet. The tour also highlighted TACOM’s financial investment and job creation impact in Southeast Michigan.

Intellectual Property Attorney Daniel Dailey Rejoins Brinks Gilson & Lione in Ann Arbor

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced today that patent attorney Daniel P. Dailey, formerly with Brinks from 2007 to 2010, has rejoined the firm’s Ann Arbor office as an associate attorney, bolstering its patent prosecution practice group.

Dailey combines his legal experience with his engineering background to help clients succeed in today’s evolving patent landscape. He prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications for technologies related to chemical, petroleum, and mechanical engineering, materials science, electronics and semiconductors, medical devices, and the manufacturing arts. He also prepares freedom-to-operate opinions, infringement opinions, and appeal briefs.

“Dan had a successful career as a design and manufacturing engineer in the automotive industry for more than two decades before becoming an attorney, and that technical knowledge, combined with 12 years of legal experience, is an enormous asset to Brinks and our clients,” said Steven L. Oberholtzer, the managing shareholder of Brinks’ Ann Arbor office. “We’re very pleased to welcome him back.”

Dailey earned his J.D. at Wayne State University Law School. He also earned an M.S. in chemical engineering from Wayne State University and holds a B.S. in chemistry from Lawrence Technological University.

Dailey is registered to practice before the USPTO and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He holds ten U.S. patents for innovations related to electronics manufacturing, molding and plastic processing, and integrated airbag systems.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law.

More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

PublicCity PR Announces Four New Clients to Begin the New Year

PublicCity PR (PCPR), a Southfield-based public relations agency specializing in work for locally-owned businesses and non-profit organizations, is pleased to announce the addition of four new clients to its growing account base. PCPR will focus on managing and implementing media and community relations initiatives for these new clients. Company Principal, Jason Brown, made the announcement. PublicCity’s new clients include:

• Community Care Services (CCS) – Headquartered in Lincoln Park, Mich., CCS is a non-profit agency that specializes in the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. CCS offers 11 comprehensive programs and services to address, prevent and overcome the effects of mental illness and substance abuse and provides hope, builds recovery and fosters wellness within its communities. Visit comcareserv.org for more information.
• Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) – The BBAC, a non-profit art center in Birmingham, Mich., has been promoting visual arts experiences and providing “art for all” since 1957. Classes, workshops, art camps, ArtAccess programs, special events and exhibitions serve nearly 9,000 individuals throughout the year. For more information, visit bbartcenter.org.
• Gazelle Sports – Gazelle Sports, founded in 1985, is an activewear and fitness lifestyle retailer, with current locations in Holland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Northville, Mich. In summer 2016, Gazelle Sports will open its fifth Michigan location in Birmingham. Gazelle specializes in apparel for running/walking, soccer, yoga and lifestyle. To learn more, visit gazellesports.com.
• SameAddress – Launched in July 2015, SameAddress is an age-in-place resource, committed to keeping older adults living in their own homes longer as they age. SameAddress provides in-home care and concierge for older adults, to help maintain their safety, comfort and independence.
Visit sameaddress.com for more information.

About PublicCity PR

PublicCity PR is a public relations agency focused on quickly and effectively garnering publicity and raising the visibility of its clients through the development and execution of strategic media and community relations programs and initiatives. Based in Southfield, Mich., the company is committed to providing its clients the personal attention they need and the results they deserve – within a budget they can afford. For more information about PublicCity PR and its services, visit www.PublicCityPR.net.

Rehmann Promotes Sandra DeMoss in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Office

As Rehmann enters its 75th year of delivering business wisdom, the financial services firm has promoted Sandra DeMoss, CPA, to tax principal. She is based in the Farmington Hills, Michigan, office.

DeMoss draws on 25 years of experience in public accounting. She’s successfully provided tax services to a large portfolio of clients in manufacturing, distribution, construction and real estate industries. She has also worked with high net worth individuals.

DeMoss holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in professional accounting from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann is ranked as the 29th largest firm in the United States, with nearly 800 associates in 19 offices located in Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Indiana. Rehmann is a member of Nexia International, allowing them to provide a global approach for their clients. Online at rehmann.com.

Willow Run Mobility Center a Game-changer

MICHauto Statement on Governor’s call for mobility facility at Willow Run

DETROIT, January 19, 2016 – Today, MICHauto released the following statement following Governor Rick Snyder’s comments regarding a mobility center at Willow Run.

“Michigan is leading the way in the rapid development of the connected and autonomous vehicle and this will only help that effort. Willow Run would serve as a world-class resource for companies that are here, but also as a magnet to attract tech and automotive companies. This better positions Michigan to earn its share of the billions of dollars of investment expected to result from the pursuit of the driverless vehicle,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto, which is part of the Michigan Mobility Initiative along with Business Leaders for Michigan, Michigan Dept. of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the University Research Corridor.