Howard & Howard’s Alex Leonowicz named to Michigan lawyers weekly ‘up & coming lawyers’ class of 2018

Royal Oak, Michigan, November 6, 2018: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Alex Leonowicz has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly ‘Up & Coming¬¬ Lawyers’ Class of 2018. The 30 Honorees were selected by a committee based on criteria including those who have established a name for themselves in the legal community, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 or fewer years of practice.

Mr. Leonowicz concentrates his practice on cannabis law and related business transactions. He represents clients nationwide and internationally in the cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary businesses assisting with the complex regulatory landscape involved in participating in or providing ancillary services to the medical and adult use marijuana industry.

Mr. Leonowicz received his B.A., cum laude, from Kalamazoo College in 2008 and his J.D., cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2012, where he was President of the Student Bar Association, Vice-President of Sports and Entertainment Law Association and a member of the Law Review. He is licensed to practice in the States of Michigan and Illinois as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Leonowicz serves as a volunteer for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

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.

Nemeth Law attorney Nick Huguelet named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Detroit-–-November 1, 2018— Nicholas Huguelet, a senior attorney at Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the legal trade publication, Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The award acknowledges legal practitioners who are establishing a name for themselves through their achievements, have a reputation for going above and beyond, and display ambition, drive and determination that set them apart from their peers in their first 10 years of practicing law. Huguelet and his fellow honorees will be recognized at the Up and Coming Lawyers luncheon celebration on December 13 at the Detroit Marriott – Troy.

At Nemeth Law, Huguelet practices in the areas of labor and employment. He has represented clients before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators in both Michigan and Ohio. He has experience representing and counseling both private and public sector clients in collective bargaining, employment disputes, and statutory and regulatory compliance. While at Nemeth Law, he has successfully served as lead counsel in employment arbitrations, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, among others. As a result of Huguelet’s representation, many matters were dismissed or decided in the client’s favor.

Huguelet is active in civic and professional activities. He is a member of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and is Co-Chair of the Labor an Employment Law Section and Co-Chair of the Section Chairs. He is a regular contributor of articles on employment law for the Michigan Defense Quarterly. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and previously served as Program Development Chair for the Labor and Employment Committee. He is also a contributing editor for Developing Labor Law, a labor law treatise published and updated annually by BNA. Huguelet is a regular presenter on labor and employment law topics and most recently presented Solving the Puzzle of Just Cause for the American Arbitration Association. He has served since 2016 as a member of the Board of Directors of Equity Education, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing strong neighborhood schools and greater access to quality education to traditionally underserved populations.

Huguelet is a resident of Farmington Hills. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Michigan State University.
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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Kathryn Wood Named a “2018 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Kathryn S. Wood has been selected as a “2018 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Ms. Wood is a Member and Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation South Region and Labor & Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment litigation, commercial litigation, and appellate practice. She has experience with discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, complex commercial litigation, class and collective actions and defamation claims in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Ms. Wood also conducts harassment/discrimination investigations and provides employment counseling and litigation prevention.

Ms. Wood is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Detroit Bar Association. She sits on the ICLE Labor and Employment Advisory Board. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, and Michigan Super Lawyers. Ms. Wood received her B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Women in the Law”. “Women in the Law” honorees are lawyers who are committed to excellence in the practice of law while inspiring and serving as mentors to other women in the profession. The “2018 Women in the Law” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on September 20, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.


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.

Deborah Brouwer named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law class of 2018

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that Deborah Brouwer, a partner in the firm, has been included in the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law class of 2018. Women in the Law recognizes women attorneys who have a commitment to excellence in the law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women and contribute time and effort to volunteerism and pro-bono activities. All honorees will be recognized at a luncheon event on September 20 at the Detroit Marriott -Troy.

Brouwer’s practice at Nemeth Law focuses exclusively in labor and employment law, with particular experience in the defense of lawsuits against employers, including claims of race, age, religion, national origin, gender and disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as FLSA, FMLA and non-competition suits. She also provides harassment training and conducts discrimination and harassment investigations for employers. Brouwer has extensive experience in appearing before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, MDCR, MIOSHA, OSHA and the NLRB and also appears frequently before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a sought after speaker on legal issues impacting employers and insurers.

Brouwer is active in professional and civic activities. As Chair of the Board of Directors for Assured Family Services, she recently led the search for a new CEO following the retirement of the agency’s long-term CEO. She is also Board Treasurer of the Hannan Center, which provides services to senior citizens, and was recently elected Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel.

Brouwer set her sights on becoming a lawyer at an early age. For a junior high school assignment, she had to prepare a career notebook and interview someone in her chosen field. She interviewed a male attorney in her hometown of Midland, Michigan, who shared disheartening news—that as a woman, if Brouwer went into law, the only area she in which she had a chance of being successful would be divorce, and even then, only women would hire her. Because it was 1966, Brouwer believed him and abandoned her goal because she didn’t want to limit herself to one legal practice area before even getting started. Ten years later, after college and graduate school, she realized that this attorney had been wrong; with new determination, Brouwer headed to law school.

A seasoned litigator now, Brouwer was struck early on in her law career by how few female litigators she saw in court, especially given the relatively high numbers of women in law school even 35 years ago. She assumed the situation would change over time, and while it has to a degree, trial work remains heavily male dominated. While there were a few meaningful female mentor relationships along her early path, Brouwer had to learn how to navigate the legal environment largely on her own. When she joined Nemeth Law in 2004, Brouwer found new mentors at the woman-owned firm – even though she was then decades into her career – and continues to actively mentor the female (and male!) attorneys and clerks in the firm by bringing them to court with her, working on briefs and motions together, an engaging them in challenging conversations. The mentoring of which she is most proud, though, is that of her 25-year-old son, who interned for Nemeth Law while in college and went on to Georgetown Law School. He is now practicing law in Washington, D.C. and tells his mom he regularly holds her up to his friends and colleagues as an example of a successful litigator who also happens to be a woman – and his mother!

Brouwer hold a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, and Master of Arts, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a resident of Huntington Woods.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. 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.

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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

Butzel Long attorney Beth S. Gotthelf featured during November 13 symposium focused on HUD’s Past, Present and Future

Beth S. Gotthelf, Attorney, Shareholder and Director of Innovation and External Relations, Butzel Long, will be a featured speaker during a two-day symposium in Detroit focused on HUD’s Past, Present and Future – November 13-14, 2017.

The symposium is presented by The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Gotthelf will speak on a panel that includes public officials; the President of the Progressive national Baptist Convention, Inc.; attorneys; and Arise, Detroit, a broad-based coalition of community groups with a mission to launch a new wave of volunteerism. The panel will offer insight on structuring the deal and business sustainability through economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and housing literacy.

Gotthelf represents and counsels a diverse mix of clients. She is Co-Chair of Butzel’s Energy and Sustainability Practice Team as well as Chair of the Birmingham Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. She also is an Executive-in-Residence with the Macomb-OU INCubator, serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau and is the President of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, a bi-national chamber of commerce.

Gotthelf has been very active in bar associations, including in the State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section, where she served as past Chair and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law.

Gotthelf was selected as one of 20 influential leaders by Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Women in Law (2010). She also was named to the Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2013-2018.

She was named in Michigan Super Lawyers (2006-17) and as one of the “Top 50 Female Michigan Super Lawyers” (2006-2014, 2017). Gotthelf is listed in DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Environmental Law, 2011-2017.

Gotthelf has received several awards and special recognitions, including as an emerging leader by the Detroit Regional Chamber (2003); the National Association of Metal Finishers (2002); Corp! Magazine as one of “Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women” (2002); Corp! Magazine’s “Top 10 Business Attorneys for Southeast Michigan” (1999); and Crain’s Detroit Business’ 40 Under 40 in 1994.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit (J.D., 1985) and Oakland University (B.S. Public Administration and Public Policy, 1980). In 2009, Gotthelf received an Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Award.


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

Brooks Kushman Attorney Named Among 2016 “Women in the Law” By Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce Hope Shovein has been named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law.” This award recognizes 30 women in Michigan’s legal community for their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, leadership in the profession, mentoring and dedication to volunteerism and pro bono activities.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly will recognize the 2016 Women in the Law at an awards luncheon on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan. The winner of the publication’s “Woman of the Year” award will also be announced at the luncheon.

“Hope is a leader within our firm and the legal community.,” said Elizabeth Janda, chair of Brooks Kushman’s Trademark practice and named a 2015 “Woman in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “She is a crucial member of our growing trademark practice and we are thrilled to see her recognized as a ‘Woman in the Law.’”

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Shovein specializes in helping clients enforce their rights in any medium, such as the unauthorized use of trademarks in website content, and representing clients in domain name disputes. She holds a Juris Doctor from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.

Shovein was recognized for her efforts and leadership within the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Section, various International Trademark Association (INTA) Committees, volunteer efforts for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as her successful and growing practice. She was also named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.

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

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

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Cynthia Moore Named a “2016 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Cynthia A. Moore has been selected as a “2016 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Ms. Moore is the Practice Department Manager for the firm’s domestic relations, employee benefits, estate planning, gaming and immigration practices. She is a national expert on fringe benefit plans and is counsel to numerous plan sponsors in the design, administration and qualification of qualified retirement plans, with an emphasis on 401(k) plans. She has counseled numerous clients on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She also counsels companies and compensation committees on the tax, ERISA, and securities law aspects of executive compensation programs, such as supplemental executive retirement plans, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, including Code Section 409A compliance.

Ms. Moore is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Oakland County Bar Association. She regularly speaks at seminars across the state regarding employee benefits and taxation issues. Ms. Moore is listed as a “Leader in her Field” in Chambers USA for employee benefits & executive compensation in the state of Michigan and is recognized for her expertise by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness Top Lawyers. She received her B.A. from Alma College, her M.S.L. from Western Michigan University, and her J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Women in the Law”. “Women in the Law” are lawyers who are committed to excellence in the practice of law while inspiring and serving as mentors to other women in the profession. The “2016 Women in the Law” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on September 15, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, the firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. 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 by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent firm evaluating organizations.

Brooks Kushman Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney Honored as a 2016 “Leader in the Law”

Brooks Kushman shareholder, John S. LeRoy, has been named a 2016 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. LeRoy will be recognized along with 30 other honorees including prominent counsel and judges at the 2016 Leaders in the Law award ceremony hosted by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 in Troy.

“We couldn’t be more proud of John for his recognition,” said Mark A. Cantor, president, Brooks Kushman. “This accomplishment is well deserved, as John is a valuable asset to the firm’s litigation department. His ability to mentor others and think outside of the box has allowed him to play a vital role in the firms’ overall growth.”

According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, this honor recognizes lawyers for: significant accomplishments or achievements in law practice; outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan; leadership in improving the justice system in Michigan; seeking improvements to the legal community and their communities at large; and setting an example for other lawyers.

LeRoy focuses his practice on software and electrical patent litigation. John has successfully tried patent cases in Federal Courts nationwide and has successfully handled appeals before Federal Circuit. John is also the chair of Brooks Kushman’s Open Source Compliance practice, where he advises companies on the effective use of open source software in their products and creates customized strategies to help them comply with various license terms. He has been at the forefront of this relatively novel and dynamic field, not only creating the firm’s practice but leading the industry through promoting education and awareness on the topic as well.

LeRoy holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo.

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

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

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Senior Attorney Discusses Hashtag Trademarks in Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Brooks Kushman Senior Attorney Hope Shovein was featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s February 5, 2016 article, “Intellectual property law is hashing things out.”

The article discusses whether hashtags can be protected as trademarks, as well as how companies can ensure they are not infringing on competitor trademarks when using hashtags.

According to Shovein, “a hashtag alone would be [used] to categorize an online discussion. For the most part, when the hashtag is being used in a Twitter discussion or on Instagram…, it’s not a trademark use.”

However, Shovein also said that there may be some situations in which hashtags can be protected as trademarks. “If a client is promoting a product and a hashtag is appearing in conjunction with that, ‘you’re going to [want to] clear them. You want to make sure you’re not infringing on your competitors’ marks.’”

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights. Hope`s work encompasses trademark clearance and prosecution, managing domestic and international trademark portfolios, drafting and negotiating agreements, preparing and responding to cease and desist letters, and representing clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as litigation.