Foster Swift Elects New Shareholders

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. attorneys Matthew S. Fedor, Clifford L. Hammond, Ryan E. Lamb and John W. Mashni have been elected as shareholders of the firm.

Fedor practices in in the areas of business law, estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration and elder law matters; writing content for the firm’s elder law blog at mielderlawblog.com. He provides legal counsel to small business owners on general corporate matters and business succession planning, and assists families with elder law matters including estate planning. Fedor practices in the firm’s Southfield office.

Hammond focuses on employment and labor law counsel and litigation in both the Lansing and Southfield offices. He has extensive experience in collective bargaining, employment litigation, and dispute resolution among other labor and employment matters and regularly conducts seminars to national and local business groups.

Lamb primarily practices business and tax law, immigration, estate planning, and real estate law from the firm’s Holland and Grand Rapids offices. With a background in finance, he has extensive experience counseling businesses of all sizes and stages of growth. Lamb also serves as the leader of Foster Swift’s Immigration Practice Group.

Mashni practices in the areas of business, tax, and intellectual property, and has a strong focus in the areas of nonprofits, cybersecurity, technology, and entertainment. As a former entrepreneur, business owner, and manager, John has a deep understanding of the decisions that entrepreneurs and business owners face. His legal skill, paired with his understanding of entrepreneurship, provides him with invaluable insight to assist clients.

Butzel Long attorney Robin Luce Herrmann named a “2018 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robin Luce Herrmann has been named a “2018 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

She is one of 30 female attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on September 20, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in Troy. The event will celebrate the individuals who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. Honorees also will be profiled in an upcoming edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Representing a broad array of clients, Herrmann concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation, privacy, and access issues; commercial litigation, including RICO; and civil rights. As the head of Butzel Long’s Media Team, she advises and litigates defamation, privacy, and access issues, including the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. She conducts pre-publication review of stories/broadcasts and responds to subpoenas seeking information from the press and newsgatherers. The Media Team advises a broad array of clients, including digital media, emerging technology groups and digital businesses needing advice on First Amendment issues, data protection and cybercrimes.

At the same time, she serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Press Association, the official trade association for the newspapers of Michigan, with more than 300 members throughout the State. Herrmann has extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts in a variety of areas. Herrmann also is responsible for leading internal and external (client) teams involved in multi-million-dollar litigation to conduct discovery, develop strategy, and prepare for trial.

Herrmann was a Professor, Law of the Press, Oakland University, Journalism Department. Further, she is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter. She has been a guest speaker on Law of the Press: Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University.

She also was Co-Editor, The Developing Labor Law, Chapter 30: RICO, 2004-Present. Moreover, she was a Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law, Chapter 30: RICO, 1999-2004.

Herrmann is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and served in leadership roles including Chair: Law and the Media Committee 2013 to 2017; Publications and Website Advisory Committee, 2001-2009; and, Editor of the Michigan Bar Journal.

She has co-authored numerous articles including, Michigan Media Law – A News Room Guide; Media Law Resource Center Libel, Privacy and related surveys for Michigan the 6th Circuit since 1993; and, Overview of Defamation Law, published by the Law and Media Committee of the ABA.

Herrmann is a member of the Executive Committee of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). In addition to leadership roles with the MLRC, she has been a member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law since 2012 and is a past Co-Chair of its Women in Communications Law Committee. Herrmann has served as Co-Chair for the Forum’s Diversity Moot Court Competition since 2016.

She also acted as Young Detroit Builders (YDB) pro bono counsel for more than a dozen years.

Herrmann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law.


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

Foster Swift Launches Elder Law Blog

May has been known as Senior Citizens month since 1963 when it was declared so by President Kennedy and is also recognized as National Elder Law Month by The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Attorneys that practice elder law focus on issues concerning seniors including estate planning, wills and caring arrangements among others.

By 2030, nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To help with the growing number of people that need assistance in this age range, the law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC has launched its elder law blog. The goal of this blog is to address the most common legal questions people have or will have in a practical yet compassionate way.

Foster Swift elder law and estate planning attorneys Nicolas Camargo, Matthew Fedor and Trevor Weston will provide readers with relevant information on the wide range of legal issues facing seniors. “We deal with sensitive family situations every day, and realize how difficult they can be” Fedor stated.

“We want to be a resource, advising clients on life, aging and protecting their loved ones, while also understanding the individual’s legal needs. Whether they are planning for the future or in a current crisis, we offer counsel and solutions to help them through the challenges of helping aging family members. Our office is much more than a place where legal documents are prepared. It is also a place where seniors and their families are heard and connections are made, all while providing a “big picture” solution to the challenges of aging.”

When it comes to planning for yours and your family’s future, being proactive is better than being reactive. Visit mielderlawblog.com regularly for more posts and learn how Foster Swift attorneys can help you to stop worrying and start living.

Attorney Andrea Badalucco Joins Foster Swift

Foster Swift welcomes attorney Andrea Badalucco to the firm. Andrea will practice in the firm’s Southfield office in the areas of civil, criminal, family law and juvenile matters.

With a zeal for family law, Andrea has dedicated her practice to serving those navigating the complex arena of the family court system. Her goal is to provide compassionate representation to help clients make informed decisions concerning matters that affect their lives.

A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Andrea’s trial experience while working in the Special Victim’s Section of the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office laid the groundwork for her passion to give voice to those who need to be heard.

In addition to her practice as an attorney, Andrea is a gifted vocalist. She has performed on opera stages around the world including New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. A further testament to her talents, she will be performing for the Pope in the Sistine Chapel Choir this fall.

Brooks Kushman Ranked In The Top 30 Patent Firms For 2017 By IP Watchdog

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked by IP Watchdog as the 28th Top Patent Firm for 2017 based on utility patent filings. Each year, IP Watchdog releases a listing of top patent law firms based on the total number of U.S. utility patents issued.

“Every year, Brooks Kushman continues to climb in distinguished rankings in publications like IP Watchdog. We attribute this growth to our commitment to client satisfaction, quality, and the talent of our team,” said John Nemazi, Co-Chair of the firm’s patent prosecution department. “Our attorneys work closely with clients throughout each stage of the process to ensure that the firm provides them the best service possible. This recognition is truly a testament to all of those individual efforts.”

IP Watchdog is a premiere online journal in the intellectual property space, and has been repeatedly recognized by the American Bar Association as a top legal blog. They focus their content on business, substance, policy and law of patents, technology, and innovation, but also cover copyrights and trademarks.


About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, 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, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Shareholders To Speak At The Best Practices In Intellectual Property Sixth Annual Conference

Best Practices in Intellectual Property (BPIP) is hosting its sixth annual conference in Tel Aviv. The conference, IP Management: Today’s Global Issues, updates attendees on global IP issues, trends and legislation. It also demonstrates practical tools, methods and new ideas that can be applied to growing and strengthening a company’s IP portfolio. The sessions have a particular focus on IP portfolio management and strategy. Brooks Kushman shareholders Erin Bowles, John Halan, Sangeeta Shah and Robyn Lederman will participate in the conference and will host a Master Class to share innovative strategies that have been successfully tested in the changing patent landscape in the USA.

The BK team will present on “Accelerations, Examinations US and EU Tips and Tricks” and “How to Implement an Effective Trade Secret Policy” for Israeli companies on both sides of the ocean.

Counsel from innovative Israeli companies will participate in the BK Master Class to take a comprehensive look at the current interplay between post-grant mechanisms, prosecution and litigation and review the latest best practices to achieve IP goals for their companies. The BK team will share little-known offensive measures that a patent owner can deploy to offset the risk of an IPR or even revive enforcement strategy in the face of an adverse IPR decision. On the defensive side, the Class will review tips for employing IPRs and advancing arguments to improve invalidity and non-infringement positions and wreak havoc with a plaintiff’s enforcement program. Overall, to learn what strategic patent initiatives can be implemented to complement the end game.

Shah serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer and Co-Chair of Post-Grant Proceedings, her practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a special focus on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios, including developing and executing complex, multi-pronged enforcement strategies as part of a broader business plan.

Bowles’ practice involves counseling domestic and international clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on their intellectual property portfolios, with a focus on obtaining domestic and foreign patents and handling patent prosecution procedures. Her practice also includes patentability investigations, infringement and right-to-use analysis, and intellectual property transactions and licensing agreements, trademark, trade dress, and copyright issues. She also has an expansive understanding of various mechanical and electromechanical technologies.

Halan has been practicing with Brooks Kushman for nearly 30 years. He is head of the firm’s trade secret group, specializes in high-stakes intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, and related commercial litigation. He also has considerable experience handling various matters before the PTAB, including inter partes reviews and appeals. He has negotiated and prepared numerous intellectual property and commercial agreements, including patent and technology license agreements. He has also prepared many infringement and validity patent opinions and has been called upon to act as a patent dispute mediator.

Robyn Lederman practiced trademark law in Israel before returning to her home state of Michigan where she specializes in global branding strategy, trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement for companies in a wide range of industries. Lederman takes a special interest in mentoring start-ups and connecting Israeli and Michigan business interests; currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator.


About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, 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.

Brooks Kushman Shareholder To Speak At The Managing Intellectual Property Trademark Roadshow In New York

Managing Intellectual Property is hosting the second annual Global Trademark Roadshow in multiple cities across the United States, including New York, where Brooks Kushman shareholder Kristin L. Murphy will be speaking. At each city location, panels will be led by experts in the industry, and there will be an array of opportunities for in-house trademark and IP counsel to learn more about the global trademark marketplace and the developments in global trademarks through engaging talks and networking.

Murphy will be discussing when it makes sense to litigate. She will be specifically focusing on balancing enforcement and business costs, practical considerations involved in undertaking enforcement, and what to do when an enforcement goes viral and threatens your reputation.

With over 20 years of IP experience, Kristin Murphy’s practice includes all aspects of IP protection. She works with multi-national corporations on the management of patent and trademark portfolios, as well as IP litigation. With respect to trademark matters, Kristin has experience managing domestic and international trademark portfolios, and works with clients on drafting and negotiating agreements, preparing and responding to cease and desist letters, as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Kristin’s wide-range of trademark experience allows her to navigate complex issues and develop strategic trademark resolutions that are in the best interest of her clients’ business needs. She also have experience working alongside legal and marketing teams to develop strategic branding objectives.

Murphy earned her Juris Doctor and LLM in Intellectual Property Law from the University of New Hampshire (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Western New England University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.


About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, 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.

Attorney William Rosin Joins Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office as a Member

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney William L. Rosin has joined the firm’s Troy office as a Member.

Mr. Rosin has extensive experience in representing national and multi-national corporations in their business transactions. The representation includes counseling clients in the buying and selling of businesses as well as routinely providing legal advice in many other areas of corporate business law including: selecting and creating the appropriate corporate entity, buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements, financing transactions, employment agreements, management agreements, supply and distribution agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, purchase orders, and joint ventures. Many of Mr. Rosin’s clients are in the automotive industry and his years of experience with them makes him uniquely qualified to assist clients in dealing with the issues specific to the automotive industry. His non-automotive experience includes the representation of clients engaged in consulting, sales, investing, manufacturing, lending, among others.

Mr. Rosin is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness Top Lawyers. Mr. Rosin received his B.A. from James Madison College of Michigan State University and his J.D. from Wayne State University.


About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Attorney Anna Robinson Helps Launch Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse Pilot Program

Brooks Kushman associate Anna Robinson has been working for the past four years with the International Trademark Association (INTA) Pro Bono Committee to develop a new program that would benefit the trademark community on a global level. This program, called the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Pilot Program, allows INTA to work as an intermediary and help match low-income clients, and/or nonprofits or charitable organizations in need of trademark assistance with the INTA’s attorney members, acting on a pro bono basis.

The goal of the INTA Pro Bono Committee is to develop INTA into a primary resource for pro bono advocacy and activity in the trademark community on a global level. INTA is a leading global association for trademark owners and professionals, and has a far reach with members in more than 190 countries. The committee believes that with international participation, the new program will not only be an asset to the greater trademark community and lead to greater brand protection, but it will also be a conduit for sharing the many benefits associated with pro bono work to more INTA members.

At this time, the committee is focusing its resources on providing useful information to professionals in more than 70 countries. The Clearinghouse Pilot Program, currently being implemented in the US, will also soon be launched in Germany with the help of the INTA’s International Pro Bono team.

Robinson is the Client Communications Group Leader within the Communications Subcommittee. In her role, she helps lead outreach to potential pro bono clients. This involves creating correspondence designed to spread awareness and reach nonprofit organizations and individuals that qualify for INTA’s pro bono clearinghouse services. The subcommittee has also developed a database of contacts and organizations for outreach purposes. Currently, they are working on a social media presence and an educational presentation about trademarks and the Clearinghouse.

Robinson’s practice focuses on the clearance, filing, maintenance and enforcement of trademark rights and copyright protection and enforcement work. It also involves trade dress, internet and entertainment law. Robinson has diverse experience managing client portfolios, providing clearance opinions, devising filing strategies, negotiating agreements and defending intellectual property rights. Robinson also remains dedicated to the State Bar of Michigan, Arts Communications Entertainment & Sports Section and has done so since she was in law school. She is also committed to helping artists and those in the creative sector protect and promote their intellectual property, and was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “2016 Up & Coming Lawyer” for her professional success and commitment to pro bono work.


About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, 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

Principal Lissi Mojica To Speak At FCBA Regional Meeting

Brooks Kushman Principal Lissi Mojica will speak at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s (FCBA) regional meeting at the Rocky Mountain Regional US Patent and Trademark Office in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2017. The program will focus on current topics related to patent litigation and the Courts and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mojica will speak about Practical Considerations and Lessons Learned for Appeals to the Federal Circuit from PTAB.

Mojica is a globally recognized leader in post-grant proceedings and one of the most experienced practitioners in the field. For nearly two decades Mojica was an examiner with the US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role she launched and became the first director of the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU) to safeguard the quality and consistency of reexamination proceedings and to reduce pendency. Her practice focuses on all aspects of post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method proceedings, reexamination proceedings, reissues and interferences. Mojica also specializes in appeals to the USPTO’s PTAB, patent quality and patent examination matters.

Mojica holds a Master in Business Administration from Marymount University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The mission of the Federal Circuit Bar Association is to create a space for objective and inclusive dialogue, as well as to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the Federal Circuit’s community. The Association includes the various groups who practice within the Circuit community, including the private and public sectors and litigators as well as agency and house counsel.

For more information, visit the FCBA’s website.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, 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.