Seasoned labor and employment attorney joins Nemeth Law

Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, announced that Michael J. Bommarito, J.D., has joined the firm as a senior attorney. The announcement was made by Nemeth Law founding partner Patricia Nemeth.

“We are very pleased to add Mike Bommarito to our roster of labor and employment attorneys,” Nemeth said. “With a strong background in traditional labor law in addition to ERISA and benefits litigation experience, Mike brings a solid resume of accomplishments to Nemeth Law.”

Immediately prior to joining Nemeth Law, Bommarito was an attorney with an Oakland County firm where he litigated cases in state, federal and appellate courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the EEOC and other administrative agencies and tribunals. His legal experience, which involved several multi-million dollar cases, included healthcare class action lawsuits, ERISA collections, benefits, employment discrimination and unfair labor practices.

Bommarito also worked for the City of Detroit Labor Relations Division where he was involved with grievances, Act 312 arbitration and collective bargaining agreements for multiple unions in a variety of occupations. He worked in a two attorney firm immediately out of law school, where the largest client was a major Michigan healthcare professional association. Bommarito has practiced in Michigan circuit courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, federal district courts (eastern and western districts) and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bommarito holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Michigan State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering, cum laude, from Wayne State University. He attended both undergraduate school and law school on full academic scholarships. He is a resident of Lake Orion.

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.

Miller Canfield Among Top 15% of Complex Employment Litigation Firms in America

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that the BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 has ranked the firm in the top 15 percent of all U.S. law firms in Complex Employment Litigation.

Miller Canfield’s employment litigation team is regularly ranked alongside the best known major national law firms. With attorneys licensed in several states and admitted to more than 30 federal courts, the team has the capacity to litigate cases throughout the United States and Canada, including: wage and hour disputes; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission harassment, retaliation, discrimination and civil rights claims; Family Medical Leave Act and Americans wth Disabilities Act claims; wrongful discharge, whistleblower and employment-related tort claims; non-compete disputes; and employment-related arbitrations.

The BTI Litigation Outlook reports on client behavior and spending, how it is changing in 2017, and what law firms can do to adapt and strengthen their client relationships. BTI is predicting that there will be little change in spending on litigation, but opportunities for law firms remain strong as many clients are increasingly looking to their existing law firms to do both everyday litigation work and complex litigation. The report noted that specific areas of growth include employment, class action and intellectual property litigation, while commercial litigation spending is expected to decrease in the coming year.

About Miller Canfield
With over 250 lawyers practicing in all major areas of law and 14 offices in five countries, Miller Canfield is among the 200 largest law firms in the U.S. Our lawyers are recognized by the most prestigious legal referral guides and organizations around the world, including Chambers USA and the 2016 edition of “Best Law Firms” published by U.S. News & World Report, in which Miller Canfield received national first-tier rankings in Public Finance Law, Labor & Employment Litigation and Labor Law-Management. Miller Canfield was also named by corporate counsel as a “Standout in Complex Labor Litigation” in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2015 report, the third consecutive year. The firm is also recognized for superior client service in the 2015 BTI Client Service A-Team report.

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Nemeth Law founder named to Michigan Leading Lawyers List, Advisory Board

Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, Nemeth Law, P.C., has been named by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan for 2015-2016. Nemeth was selected in the areas of employment law-management, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) law – employment, and labor law – management. The list is included in the recently released Crain’s Detroit Business 2016 Book of Lists.

Separately, Nemeth was named to the Leading Lawyers Michigan Advisory Board. Advisory Board appointments are based on three criteria:

1. The exceptional number of recommendations they receive from their peers
2. Their reputation and professional ethics
3. Their knowledge of the lawyers within their areas of the law and/or their respective region of the state

Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is now the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

About Leading Lawyers
Leading Lawyers, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, surveys thousands of attorneys statewide to identify lawyers most often recommended by their peers. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves or anyone at their own law firm. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in a given state can be named a Leading Lawyer. Learn more at www.leadinglawyers.com.

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.

Richard J. Aaron Joins Dykema’s Lansing Office

Detroit – August 13, 2014 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Richard J. Aaron to its Government Policy practice group as member in the firm’s Lansing office. Prior to joining Dykema, Aaron practiced in the Lansing offices of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

Aaron focuses his practice on energy, renewable energy, cogeneration, natural gas transportation and storage, negotiation of energy contracts and general business matters. He has advised and represented public utilities and other energy providers before regulatory agencies and state and federal courts on complex litigation matters, including taxes and accounting, rate increase requests, power supply and gas cost recovery, purchase agreements, optimization plans, the defense and prosecution of complaints, and spent nuclear fuel.

He has also advises clients on easements and rights of way, landfill gas, waste to energy and wind energy generation, power purchase agreements, hydroelectric generation and dam operations, counter party performance and related bankruptcy issues, and renewable energy credits.

“Rick’s experience working on a wide variety of energy matters and representing public utilities and energy providers will be a valuable resource to the firm and our clients,” said William Perrone, Managing Member of Dykema’s Lansing office. “We are pleased to welcome him to our Government Policy practice in Lansing.”

He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Olivet College, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

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Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Shareholder Named Editor in Chief of ABA’s Landslide magazine

ANN ARBOR – September 3, 2013 – Robert K. Fergan, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been appointed editor in chief of Landslide® magazine, a bi-monthly magazine of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law that offers news and analysis on patents, trademarks, copyrights and related topics. The announcement was made at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, which was held from Aug. 8-13. Fergan has served on the editorial board of Landslide since 2005.

At Brinks, Mr. Fergan specializes in client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and in other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, optical, and computer science arts, as well as, patents related to business methods.

Prior to joining Brinks in 2003, Mr. Fergan spent ten years in the machine vision and optical inspection industry as a product development manager and product marketing manager, gaining experience with many industries and technologies, including semi-conductor, electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging, metrology, instrumentation and optics.

In addition to serving as editor in chief of Landslide, Mr. Fergan is a member of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section and Business Law Section. He is also active in the State Bar of Michigan, where he previously served on the Board of Commissioners. Mr. Fergan is a contributing author of the third edition of the Brinks intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law and an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor

Mr. Fergan received his J.D. from Wayne State University College of Law and a B.S. in electrical engineering with a minor in optics from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute. He is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

Two Attorneys from Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione’s Ann Arbor Office Recognized by The Best Lawyers® in America for 2014

ANN ARBOR – August 15, 2013 – Steven L. Oberholtzer and Eric J. Sosenko, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014.

Steve Oberholtzer is the managing partner of the Ann Arbor office and was listed in the specialty area of patent law. His practice focuses on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings including interferences, re-examinations, re-issues, trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution.

Oberholtzer has extensive experience with the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry. He has a lifelong interest in the industry and products, and was previously employed as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer and as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier. In private practice, Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower tier supplier engagements that include worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues and management of teams of attorneys handling all facets of these matters.

Oberholtzer is the principal author of a primer on intellectual property entitled, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, and received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.

Eric Sosenko was listed in his specialty areas of patent law and trademark law as well as intellectual property litigation. His practice focuses on the procurement, enforcement and licensing of patents and trademarks in all industrial fields, including the mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical and material arts. He counsels on the strategic implementation and management of domestic and international intellectual property portfolios for various multinational clients and deals with a wide range of intellectual property issues.

In addition to his U.S. practice, Mr. Sosenko has an extensive international practice with significant experience in international protection, both directly with all major foreign intellectual property offices and under various multinational treaties, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and has presented at seminars in both China and Japan.

Sosenko received his J.D. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on the patent law, patent cooperation treaty issues and international education committees, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Sosenko is also a past Secretary for the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and serves as the chairperson of Brinks’ Patent Reform Task Force.

About Best Lawyers®Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, 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.”
Learn more at www.bestlawyers.com.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & LioneBrinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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Michigan State University law student joins Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione’s Ann Arbor office as summer associate

ANN ARBOR – July 2, 2013 – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces Briana Emerson has joined the firm’s Ann Arbor office as a summer associate. In the position, Emerson assists with researching various patent issues, conducting prior art and patentability searches, preparing internet agreements and drafting letters regarding patent and trademark office actions.

As an undergraduate, Emerson developed a “Sure Shot Stability Arm,” for a prototype design course at the University of Detroit Mercy that incorporated all aspects of product design and was discussed by First Lady Michelle Obama at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She also developed a “Health Center Cart” in a mechanics of materials and machine design course that received a Canjar Design Award in 2011 for showing aptitude, motivation and effective participation in a design beneficial to society.

Emerson held previous positions as a law clerk for Price Heneveld in Grand Rapids, Mich., an intern at DTE Energy in Detroit, and a global sales and marketing intern at Rockwell Automation in Troy, Mich.

Emerson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy, where she graduated magna cum laude, served as treasurer of the Kappa Beta Gamma sorority and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Emerson is currently enrolled in the Michigan State University School of Law, where she is on the Dean’s List. She is also the vice president of Delta Theta Phi, a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and a member of the Women’s Law Caucus. Her expected graduation is May 2014.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & LioneBrinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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The (Trademarked) Sounds, Sights and Smells of Summer

Knowledge-based economy giving rise to new trademark opportunities

Ann Arbor, MICH— A famous sound of summer, the neighborhood ice cream truck blaring the distinctive musical trio of Turkey in the Straw, Camptown Races and The Entertainer, are now registered trademarks – for ice cream making machines. But it’s not the only sound of the season that is seeking trademark protection, according to Michael Spink, an intellectual property attorney who blogs (http://funkymarks.wordpress.com/) and tweets (@funkymarksblog) about unusual trademarks for motion, sound, color, scent, texture, and shape.

The new Budweiser bowtie can, designed to pay homage to the label’s red bowtie, is another sign of summer that has a recent trademark application pending, along with a “two-toned sound” that is reminiscent of a beer can opening, also pending trademark approval on behalf of Anheuser-Busch.

“The shift to a digital, knowledge-based economy is expanding the universe of what has traditionally been trademarked, such as words, slogans and designs,” said Spink, who is a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms. “These funky trademarks are the wild west of the marketplace, and companies that recognize such unusual creations as ‘trademarkable’ are ahead of the game in developing brand recognition and protecting their intellectual property assets.”

Spink advises that the strongest trademarks are those that are highly distinctive, such as coined terms (e.g. KODAK or EXXON) and arbitrary designations (APPLE for computers). Exploiting all of the human senses only furthers the ability to create new trademarks that grab and retain consumer’s attention. While some non-traditional marks have been around for many years (think the NBC chime, the shape of the Coca-Cola bottle, or the color brown for delivery services) non-traditional marks are increasingly being adopted in the marketplace. For example, in May, the Barclays Center reportedly circulated a distinct scent through its building during a Brooklyn Nets playoff game.

“While fans had both positive and negative responses, it seems clear the scent left a notable impression. If used consistently, Barclays could claim a scent trademark for arena services or sporting events,” explained Spink.

Even sitting around the campfire this summer has trademark implications. That’s because the square pattern of the famous Hershey chocolate bar is now subject to federal trademark protection, as is the slogan, THE OFFICIAL CHOCOLATE OF S’MORES® (registered trademark of Hershey Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation). Limited only by our senses, the new wave of trademarks may just be anything under the sun.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & LioneBrinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.
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Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Offers New Edition of Primer on the ABCs of IP Law

ANN ARBOR – June 5, 2013 – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the publication of the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. The primer was originally published in 2006 and has since been updated to reflect recent court decisions and changes in intellectual property as a result of the America Invents Act of 2011 (“Patent Reform”).

The principal author of The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks and a member of the firm’s board of directors.

Oberholtzer focuses his practice on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He has extensive experience and expertise in the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry and a lifelong interest in the industry and its products. Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower Tier suppliers and these engagements included worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues. He has significant experience in technology areas including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. In addition, he has acted as trial counsel in a number of patent infringement litigation cases.

“Intellectual property issues have always been important in the business world, but perhaps never more so than they are today,” said Oberholtzer. “Virtually everyone in the commercial world interacts with intellectual property issues, but is seldom aware of such matters. In fact, individuals encounter at least 1,500 trademarks daily and up to 30,000 in the supermarket.”

While IP law can be complex, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law primer provides general information within the four categories of intellectual property law: patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Also covered in the primer are contract law and intellectual property protection and defense because, while intellectual property is considered intangible, it is still property in the truest sense and thus gives rise to legal rights, duties and consequences.

“Information in the primer will provide readers the ability to identify intellectual property assets and undertake protective measures,” explains Oberholtzer. “A lack of understanding in the arena of intellectual property has proven costly to numerous individuals and companies.”

In addition to Oberholtzer, contributing authors of the primer include the following attorneys from Brinks’ Michigan offices: William R. Boudreaux, Kelly K. Burris, Robert K. Fergan, Eric J. Sosenko and Michael N. Spink. Authors from other offices include Jennifer L. Fox, William H. Frankel, Mary M. Squyres and Katherine L. Tabor.

The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is available at no charge by visiting the Brinks website.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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