Howard & Howard Continues Expansion of Metro Detroit Office

ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 10, 2019 – Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Aaron J. Beresh and David J. Goswami have joined the firm. Both will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Aaron J. Beresh concentrates his practice on providing practical and effective legal advice to a variety of health care providers and suppliers in connection with a broad range of healthcare transactional, corporate, regulatory, and related matters.

Aaron received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2008 and his B.A. from Michigan State University in 2004. During law school, he served as a member of the Journal of Business & Securities Law. He is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan.

David J. Goswami concentrates his practice in intellectual property with a focus on patent preparation and prosecution. He has experience in the electrical, software, computer, and mechanical arts. In particular, David has worked with clients in the consumer electronics, automotive, telecommunications, financial services, and hospitality spaces. He has experience preparing utility patent applications domestically and internationally.

David received his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 2012. He also received both his B.S.B.A. in 2009 and his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, with an additional major certificate in Computer Engineering in 2017 from Oakland University. David is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan and before the USPTO.

About Howard & Howard:  

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. With more than 160 attorneys, the firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak), Illinois (Chicago and Peoria), Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California.  For more information, please visit howardandhoward.com.

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Contact: Stacey M. Parzuchowski

Marketing & Communications Manager

(248) 723-0412 / (312) 456-3679

SMP@h2law.com

Howard & Howard Expands Royal Oak Office; Welcomes Esshaki and Lee

 

ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 2, 2019 – Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Eric S. Esshaki and Timothy D. Lee have joined the firm. They will both practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Eric S. Esshaki concentrates his practice in all aspects of litigation including securities litigation, white collar and regulatory defense, employment, investigations, and shareholder disputes.

He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016 and his B.I.S., summa cum laude, from Oakland University in 2012. He also received his associates in applied science/nursing from Oakland Community College in 2010 and previously worked as a Registered Nurse. Eric returns to Michigan after practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.  He is licensed to practice in New York and sat for the Michigan bar examination in February.

Timothy D. Lee’s practice focuses on representing borrowers and lenders in a variety of secured and unsecured commercial financing transactions including syndicated and single-lender transactions, asset-based and commercial real estate loans, and cross-border, mezzanine and acquisition financings. In addition, he provides guidance to clients seeking to navigate the complex regulatory environment of the financial services industry.

Timothy graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law, as one of the top students in his class. He also received his B.A. from The College of Wooster in 2009. Prior to attending law school, Timothy worked in numerous legislative capacities within Michigan’s state government, ending his tenure as Legislative Director for the Chairman of House Banking and Financial Services Committee where he was named 2011 Legislative Staff Person of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League and Affiliates. He is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

About Howard & Howard:

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. With more than 160 attorneys, the firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak), Illinois (Chicago and Peoria), Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California.  For more information, please visit howardandhoward.com.

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Contact: Stacey M. Parzuchowski

Marketing & Communications Manager

(248) 723-0412 / (312) 456-3679

SMP@h2law.com

Howard & Howard Congratulates New Partners

ROYAL OAK, Mich., January 8, 2019 – Rounding out another successful year, Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have become shareholders in the firm – the largest single-year class in firm history.

Named shareholders for their significant contributions to the firm are:

  • Daniel R. Chojnowski
  • Jonathan W. Fountain
  • Timothy D. Gronewold
  • Jonathan F. Karmo
  • Alexander M. Leonowicz
  • Paul S. Mazzola
  • Laurie A. Perez
  • Jason P. Weiland
  • Evonne Xu

Chojnowski focuses his practice in building and maintaining intellectual property value for his clients.

Fountain concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation, entertainment law, and commercial litigation.

Gronewold concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and municipal law.

Karmo concentrates his practice in commercial and corporate litigation in the federal and state courts in Michigan.

Leonowicz concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, health care, and cannabis law, as well as business transactions.

Mazzola concentrates his practice in all aspects of domestic and international patent prosecution in the electromechanical arts.

Perez focuses her practice on labor and employment, financial services, and general commercial litigation matters.

Weiland concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and business and corporate law.

Xu concentrates her practice in the areas of automotive, manufacturing, technology, and international law.

About Howard & Howard:  

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. With more than 160 attorneys, the firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak), Illinois (Chicago and Peoria), Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California.  For more information, please visit howardandhoward.com.

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Howard & Howard Expands Metro Detroit Office

Royal Oak, Michigan, December 11, 2018:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Richard J. Cantor has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Mr. Cantor concentrates his practice in intellectual property with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications. He has experience in the software, computer, electrical, and mechanical arts, including the areas of automotive telematics and infotainment systems, communications, wireless signal processing, autonomous vehicles, and revenue and inventory management.  Mr. Cantor advises clients and drafts written opinions relating to patentability, non-infringement and invalidity, and represents clients in post grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He also counsels clients in trademark matters and procures trademark registrations on their behalf.

Mr. Cantor received his J.D., cum laude, from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2013. He earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010 and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University in 2008. Mr. Cantor is licensed to practice in the states of Michigan and Ohio, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

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Thirty Howard & Howard Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars 2018

Thirty Howard & Howard attorneys were recently named to Michigan Super Lawyers® and Michigan Rising Stars 2018 as a result of a patented selection process. This process includes peer evaluation and independent research.  Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2018 are as follows:

  • Mark A. Davis – President & CEO, Real Estate
  • Joseph J. DeVito, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mary C. Dirkes, Business Litigation
  • Lisa S. Gretchko, Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Andrew (Jake) Grove, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Sam J. Haidle, Intellectual Property
  • David M. LaPrairie, Intellectual Property
  • Miles T. Macik, Business Litigation
  • Patrick M. McCarthy, Business Litigation
  • Gerald E. McGlynn, III, Intellectual Property
  • Richard M. Miettinen, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mark W. Peyser, Business Litigation
  • Brad A. Rayle, Employment Litigation: Defense
  • Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Thomas H. Walters, Business Litigation
  • Timothy M. Wittebort, Business/Corporate

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Rising Stars 2018 are as follows:

  • Michael M. Bell, Banking
  • Brandon J. Booth, Business/Corporate
  • Alex G. Cavanaugh, Business Litigation
  • Nicholas T. Chapie, Business/Corporate
  • Stephen P. Dunn, Business Litigation
  • Paul T. Engel, Intellectual Property
  • Sam A. Fares, Intellectual Property
  • Michael O. Fawaz, Business Litigation
  • Jeffrey A. Hoover, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Andre O. Perrotta, Health Care
  • Mark C. Vanneste, Business Litigation
  • Brandon J. Wilson, Business Litigation
  • Jacob P. Woolbright, Intellectual Property
  • Evonne Xu, International

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Howard & Howard Congratulates Our Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2019

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that twenty-nine of our attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world), and almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world were received. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice area(s) under which they are listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 are as follows:

West Allen, Trademark Law

Daniel H. Bliss, Patent Law and Trademark Law

Stephanie S. Buntin, Trademark Law

Seaton J. Curran, Patent Law

Thomas W. Davis II, Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Construction

Joseph J. DeVito, Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

Trent K. English, Patent Law (Selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Patent Law)

Mark J. Gardberg, Real Estate Law

Lisa S. Gretchko, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Commercial Litigation

Andrew (Jake) Grove, Litigation – Intellectual Property

Robert W. Hernquist, Commercial Litigation

Kristopher K. Hulliberger, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law (Selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Patent)

Michael V. Kell, Commercial Litigation

Rodger A. Kershner, Energy Law

Jon D. Kreucher, Utilities Law

Matthew J. Kreutzer, Franchise Law

Henry P. Lee , Trusts and Estates

Michael R. Lied, Labor Law – Management

Miles T. Macik, Commercial Litigation

Patrick M. McCarthy, Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Intellectual Property

Gerald E. McGlynn, III, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; and Patent Law

Saleha Mohamedulla, Trademark Law

Gwen Rutar Mullins, Construction Law

Brian J. Pezzillo, Construction Law

Brad A. Rayle, Labor Law – Management

Robert L. Rosenthal, Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment

Leonard W. Sachs, Employment Law – Management

Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law

Jay Young, Arbitration


Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Howard & Howard Welcomes Megan J. Parpart

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Megan J. Parpart has joined the firm. She will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Megan J. Parpart concentrates her practice in the areas of tax law, business transactions, and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, she was a consultant at a Big 4 public accounting firm where she focused her practice on corporate and pass-through entity taxation as well as large, multinational mergers and acquisitions. She has advised clients in the automotive, manufacturing, and healthcare industries and has extensive experience advising foreign companies on U.S. tax issues.

Ms. Parpart also serves as a legal advisor and active member of her family’s second-generation family-owned automotive manufacturing business. She is uniquely qualified to address the multitude of business, legal, and tax challenges that come with running a multi-generational, privately-held company.

Ms. Parpart earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015, where she was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and finished in the top 10% of her class. She earned her B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, from Southeast Missouri State University in 2011. She is actively involved in the Michigan Women’s Tax Association, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law and Taxation Sections. Ms. Parpart is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan.


Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Howard & Howard Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars

Twenty-nine of Howard & Howard’s attorneys were recently named to Michigan Super Lawyers® and Michigan Rising Stars 2017 as a result of a patented selection process. This process includes peer evaluation and independent research.  Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2017 are as follows:

  • Mark A. Davis – President & CEO, Real Estate
  • Joseph J. DeVito, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mary C. Dirkes, Business Litigation
  • Robert E. Graziani, Insurance Coverage
  • Lisa S. Gretchko, Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Andrew (Jake) Grove, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Sam J. Haidle, Intellectual Property
  • David M. LaPrairie, Intellectual Property
  • Miles T. Macik, Business Litigation
  • Patrick M. McCarthy, Business Litigation
  • Gerald E. McGlynn, III, Intellectual Property
  • Richard M. Miettinen, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mark W. Peyser, Business Litigation
  • Brad A. Rayle, Employee Litigation: Defense
  • Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Timothy M. Wittebort, Business/Corporate

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Rising Stars 2017 are as follows:

  • Michael M. Bell, Banking
  • Brandon J. Booth, Business/Corporate
  • Melinda B. Buurma, Intellectual Property
  • Alex G. Cavanaugh, Business Litigation
  • Stephen P. Dunn, Business Litigation
  • Paul T. Engel, Intellectual Property
  • Sam A. Fares, Intellectual Property
  • Michael O. Fawaz, Business Litigation
  • Jeffrey A. Hoover, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Kristopher K. Hulliberger, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Andre O. Perrotta, Health Care
  • Jacob P. Woolbright, Intellectual Property
  • Evonne Xu, International

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Howard & Howard Named to State Bar of Michigan

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC has been named to the State Bar of Michigan’s 2017 Pro Bono Circle of Excellence at the Excellence Level.

The award honors lawyers’ contributions of pro bono service and the firms whose lawyers have demonstrated compliance with the Pro Bono Voluntary Standard set by the State Bar. Howard & Howard was recognized at the Excellence Level. This distinction is reserved for law firms/corporations of two or more attorneys with 100% aggregate contributions at the Bro Bono Voluntary Standard level of 30 hours or $300 per attorney average in financial donations. These contributions support access to justice efforts for low-income individuals and families in Michigan.

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Howard & Howard Formally Launches Cannabis Industry Group

Howard & Howard, a Royal Oak, Mich.-based law firm, has announced the official formation of its Cannabis Industry Group. The newly formalized group provides a broad range of services to clients operating in the rapidly expanding legal medical and adult use cannabis industry.

“Our cannabis group offers services required by the businesses starting-up or already operating in this vibrant new industry,” said firm President and CEO . “That includes venture capital, financing, real estate, intellectual property licensing, regulatory compliance and an entire suite of related business services.”

According to Arcview Market Research, the medical and adult use marijuana industry is the country’s fastest-growing with 2016 total revenues estimated at about $6.7 billion. As more states roll-out medical and adult use regimes, continued growth is expected with experts estimating revenues topping $20 billion by 2021.

Davis said the firm has been working with medical cannabis companies and ancillary businesses for several years, including representing General Hydroponics, Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions in their acquisition by Hawthorne Gardening Company (a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro).

“With the industry’s rapid expansion and our background in the industry, we felt the time was right to formalize our firm’s offerings to the cannabis industry and create a discrete, focused group.”

The firm’s Cannabis Industry Group provides guidance for businesses in the medical and adult use segments, including:

  • Licensing for Cultivation, Processing, Testing, Transporting and Dispensing
  • Whole Sale and Retail Hydroponic Sales and Related Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Entity Formation
  • Zoning
  • Tax
  • Understanding Federal vs. State law Conflicts
  • Interacting with Local Municipalities
  • Investing in Medical Marijuana Facilities
  • Patent and Trademark Protection
  • Contract Negotiations and Drafting
  • Sales and Leasing Transactions
  • Business Plan Development
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Application Assistance
  • Business Connections
  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Anti-Money-Laundering
  • Litigation

The Cannabis Industry Group includes attorneys with prior experience in the medical cannabis segment and the highly-regulated gaming and liquor industries.

Howard & Howard has offices in Michigan, California, Nevada and Illinois, all states which have legalized medical and/or adult use of cannabis.

“This multi-billion dollar industry is becoming one of the most highly-regulated in the world and will require a wide range of legal services which we can provide,” said Davis.

“The is an exciting and increasingly complex industry with varying laws and regulations from state-to-state. We’re looking forward to continued growth with our cannabis industry clientele throughout the country,” said Davis.

About Howard & Howard

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.