Four Dickinson Wright Attorneys Recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 and Under Hot List”

TROY, Mich., July 1, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that four attorneys within the firm have been recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 and Under Hot List”.

Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 and Under Hot List” includes practitioners, all aged 40 or younger, that have been deemed the most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities in the U.S. by peers and clients. To view the complete list, please visit www.benchmarklitigation.com.

Dickinson Wright attorneys in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 and Under Hot List” include:

Brandon C. Hubbard, Lansing
Scott A. Petz, Troy
Benjamin M. Sobczak, Troy
Emma R. Wolfe, Lexington

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Scott A. Petz Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019

TROY, Mich., June 20, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Scott A. Petz has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019. Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. To learn more, please click here.

Attorney Scott A. Petz is a Member in the Firm’s Troy, Mich. office where he focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use. Mr. Petz received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Lynn Capp Sirich Elected President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation

TROY, Mich., June 17, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Lynn Capp Sirich (Member, Troy) has been elected President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF). Her term is effective July 1, 2019.

“I’m honored to represent the Oakland County Bar Foundation as President for the 2019-2020 term,” said Lynn. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and our Fellows to continue to promote programs in our community that increase access, affordability, and understanding of the law and legal system.”

The OCBF partners with the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) to support worthy causes in the Oakland County community. The OCBF promotes and funds programs designed to increase access, affordability, and understanding of the law and legal system. Through support from members of the OCBA, the OCBF is able to expand its reach and grant-giving efforts. To learn more, please click here.

With over 27 years of experience in all areas of family and domestic relations law, Ms. Sirich skillfully guides her clients through this legal process, always mindful of the fact that she is assisting clients through an emotional and traumatic period of their lives with more than just their immediate divorce and child custody issues, as the business of divorce incorporates many different legal specialties. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan (Family Law Section), the Oakland County Bar Association, the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (Past-President), the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Inter-Professional Association. She is a Life Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. She is recognized as a leader in her field by DBusiness Top Lawyers and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of “2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan”. Ms. Sirich received her B.A. from Michigan State University, James Madison College and her J.D. from the Detroit College of Law. Admitted as a Fellow to American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 2019.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Dan Quick Elected President of the Oakland County Bar Association

TROY, Mich., June 6, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Dan Quick (Member, Troy) has been elected President of the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA). Mr. Quick was sworn in at the OCBA Annual Meeting on June 3, 2019.

“I am humbled and honored to serve the Oakland County Bar Association as President for the 2019-2020 term,” said Mr. Quick. “I look forward to working with the OCBA Board of Directors and our members to continue to advance and enrich the legal profession in Oakland County while building on the great work that OCBA does in the community.”

The OCBA was formally established in 1934 by a small group of young attorneys with the express purpose of connecting Oakland County legal professionals with their colleagues, advancing and enriching the profession, serving the public, and promoting comradery. As the largest voluntary bar association in Michigan, the OCBA is committed to public service projects, committee work, and lending a strong and influential voice on current legislative activities and court rules. To learn more, please visit www.ocba.org.

Mr. Quick is a commercial litigation trial attorney who specializes in business torts (including minority shareholder and “business divorce disputes”, trade secrets, and noncompetes) and all facets of intellectual property litigation. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness. He also serves on the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan and is on the Governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Mr. Quick received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Eric S. Klein Appointed to Lead Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group

Eric S. Klein Appointed to Lead Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group

Detroit – June 3, 2019 — Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Eric S. Klein, a member in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, has been appointed as Leader of Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group.

Throughout his career, Klein has devoted his practice to representing clients in the health care sector with respect to corporate and regulatory issues, including hospitals, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, dental service organizations, medical billing companies, and managed care organizations. In particular, he has provided counsel to clients on compliance and reimbursement issues as well as health facility and physician practice acquisitions and other changes of ownership, including related licensure and Medicare/Medicaid certification matters. Klein has also advised clients regarding governmental investigations, compliance programs, and structuring businesses and transactions while addressing anti-kickback, Stark and other legal restrictions.

Prior to joining Dykema, Klein gained experience working for Health Net, Inc., a health insurance company, where he developed financial models to analyze hospital, physician group, and ancillary contracts.

Klein received a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 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.

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Intellectual Property Lawyers Scott McBain and Paul Rodriguez Join Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office

TROY, Mich., June 4, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Scott McBain and Paul Rodriguez have joined the firm’s Troy office as Members.

Scott McBain concentrates his practice on domestic and international IP procurement and IP counseling, transactions and strategies for the protection and enforcement of IP assets. He has been an IP attorney for over 25 years and has significant experience in licensing and other complex technology transfers, including IP due diligence and supporting the activities surrounding mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and IPOs. Mr. McBain is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Technological University Alumni Association. Mr. McBain received his B.S. from Michigan Technological University and his J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude.

Paul Rodriguez assists individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 100 companies in building and managing intellectual property portfolios. He has extensive experience in many areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on patent and trademark matters. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as various bar and professional organizations. Mr. Rodriguez received his B.S.E. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Dickinson Wright Recognized in Legal 500 United States 2019 Edition

TROY, Mich., June 3, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has received five practice rankings and 15 attorneys in Michigan have been ranked in this year’s The Legal 500 United States 2019.

For more than 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world with a comprehensive research program that each year brings the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. The rankings are based on a series of criteria and research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

The Legal 500 United States 2019 recognized Dickinson Wright in the following practice areas:

• Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes
• Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense
• M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)
• Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)
• Real Estate

The Legal 500 United States 2019 recognized the following Dickinson Wright attorneys in Michigan as “Recommended Lawyers”:

Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes

• Thomas McNeill (Detroit, MI)
• Daniel Quick (Troy, MI)

Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense

• Ben Dolan (Troy, MI)
• Timothy Howlett (Detroit, MI)
• William Thacker (Ann Arbor, MI)
• Kathryn Wood (Troy, MI)

M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)

• Richard Bolton (Detroit, MI)
• Mark High (Detroit, MI)
• Andrew MacLeod (Detroit, MI)
• John Schuring (Grand Rapids, MI)
• Jeffrey York (Grand Rapids, MI)

Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)

• Peter Webster (Troy, MI)

Real Estate

• Stephen Dawson (Troy, MI)
• Michael Lusardi (Troy, MI)
• Katheryne Zelenock (Troy, MI)

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Dickinson Wright Receives Top Rankings by Chambers USA Guide, 27 Attorneys in Michigan Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

DETROIT, Mich., April 25, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, has ranked seven of the firm’s practices in Michigan and 27 of the firm’s Michigan attorneys in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide.

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conduct research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright practices that are listed in Chambers USA 2019:

Michigan
Banking & Finance
Corporate/M&A
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who are listed in Chambers USA 2019:

Banking and Finance
Craig W. Hammond, Troy
Colleen M. Shevnock, Ann Arbor
William P. Shield, Jr., Detroit
Rachel Wolock, Detroit

Banking and Finance: Bankruptcy
Steven G. Howell, Detroit
James A. Plemmons, Detroit
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Detroit

Corporate/M&A
Richard M. Bolton, Detroit
Mark R. High, Detroit
Andrew W. MacLeod, Detroit
Michael T. Raymond, Troy

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Roberta P. Granadier, Troy
Cynthia A. Moore, Troy
Jordan Schreier, Ann Arbor

General Commercial Litigation
Thomas G. McNeill, Detroit
Edward H. Pappas, Troy
Daniel D. Quick, Troy

Intellectual Property
John S. Artz, Troy
William H. Honaker, Troy
Richard A. Jones, Troy
John C. Nishi, Ann Arbor

Labor & Employment
Timothy H. Howlett, Detroit

Real Estate Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Grand Rapids
James N. Candler, Jr., Detroit
Stephen E. Dawson, Troy
Monica J. Labe, Troy
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Troy

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 is available online here.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Dickinson Wright Earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 17th Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality

DETROIT, Mich., March 28, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Dickinson Wright joins the ranks of over 560 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also good for business.”

“Once again, we are pleased to have participated in the 2019 Corporate Equality Index and to achieve a perfect 100 for the second year in a row,” said Harlan Robins, Deputy CEO – Finance & Diversity. “This recognition reflects the firm’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture for all of our lawyers and employees. At Dickinson Wright, we understand that hiring and retaining a diverse workforce is a core component of the firm’s values and it is instrumental to providing our clients with the best legal service.”

The 2019 CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Dickinson Wright’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

For more information on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Dickinson Wright Prevails in Patent Litigation Trial on Behalf of Hitkansut LLC

TROY, Mich., March 21, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys John S. Artz, John A. Artz, and Franklin M. Smith have prevailed on behalf of Hitkansut LLC and Acceledyne Technologies, Ltd. LLC (collectively, “Hitkansut”) in a patent infringement case against Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a research laboratory sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. On Friday, March 15, 2019, Federal Claims Judge Charles F. Lettow released a 30-page opinion granting Hitkansut’s request for attorneys’ fees and costs.

“We are pleased with Judge Lettow’s rulings in this case in favor of our client, Hitkansut LLC,” said John S. Artz, Member and Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. “This case makes clear that while the Government may take a person’s patent, the manner in which the Government takes the patent of a small company can affect the amount of compensation owed for the taking. We are happy that we were able to provide the necessary tools in the successful pursuit of our client’s claims of patent infringement against the U.S. government.”

Hitkansut’s founder, Ms. Donna M. Walker, invented and patented a materials processing method that provides unexpected benefits including significant energy savings, accelerated material processing efficiencies, and the ability to create new materials. In an effort to commercialize this novel method, Hitkansut disclosed it to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. ORNL took Ms. Walker’s novel method, used it for its own benefit, including filing multiple patent applications and then won a prestigious industry research award. Hitkansut then filed suit against the U.S. Government in the Court of Federal Claims.

Dickinson Wright secured a favorable interpretation of the patent claims at issue and successfully defended against the Government’s challenges that the Hitkansut patent does not constitute patentable subject matter or is otherwise invalid. Over the course of a two-week trial, Dickinson Wright presented substantial evidence of ORNL’s infringement of Hitkansut’s patent, in addition to rebutting ORNL’s patent invalidity positions. On January 27, 2017, Judge Lettow issued an opinion finding that Hitkansut’s patent claims are valid, that the U.S. Government infringed all asserted claims, and provided an award of damages. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the court’s finding that Hitkansut’s patent is both valid and infringed. After preserving the court’s findings of infringement and validity on appeal, Hitkansut sought its attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the protracted litigation against the government. After briefing and oral argument, the Court granted the vast majority of Hitkansut’s requested fees and costs.

According to Judge Lettow’s opinion, the “significant” fee award was justified after the lengthy, hard-fought case, and noted, “Hitkansut’s claim, however, was vigorously contested by the government, involved highly technical subject matter, spanned six years and proceeded through a lengthy appeal. Hitkansut also faced an opponent with vast resources whose calculus regarding settlement and the value of precedent differs from that of a private litigant.”

To read Judge Lettow’s full opinion, please click here.

Dickinson Wright’s Patent Litigation team handles domestic and international disputes involving patent infringement, validity, enforceability and ownership. Many of our patent litigators are registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and have technical degrees in areas such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, and aerospace engineering – giving us in-depth insight into our client’s highly technical issues. We provide a team approach that is successful, efficient, and economical. To learn more about our Patent Litigation practice, please click here.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 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.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.