Dickinson Wright Practices and Attorneys Recognized by Legal 500 United States 2017

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm’s Labor and Employment and Corporate/M&A practices have been ranked by The Legal 500 United States 2017. In addition, five attorneys from Michigan received individual recognition in the guide.

For 29 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 2017 recognized the following Dickinson Wright practices:

• Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense
• M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)

The Legal 500 United States 2017 recognized the following Dickinson Wright attorneys in Michigan as Recommended Lawyers:

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

• Timothy Howlett (Detroit, 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)

To view The Legal 500 United States 2017, please click here.

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 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 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.

Legal 500 Names Brinks a Top U.S. Firm for Utility and Design Patent Prosecution for Seventh Consecutive Year

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – July 10, 2015 – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. firms for prosecution of utility and design patents for the seventh year in a row based on the firm’s capabilities in drafting and pursuing U.S. patent applications for both domestic and international clients.

The Legal 500’s team of researchers gathered feedback from peers and clients to assess the overall strength and depth of Brinks’ patent prosecution practice group and on its work in portfolio management and post-grant patent practice, which includes ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, reissue applications, and interferences. Citing clients including Huawei Technologies, SanDisk and Seiko Instruments, the publication noted Brinks’ ability to provide “a full patent portfolio service,” and remarked on Brinks’ “strong reputation in the fields of semiconductors, medical devices, telecoms, and pharmaceuticals.”

Six Brinks shareholders were also recommended by the independent legal referral guide, including Ann Arbor-based shareholder and post-grant patent practice co-chair Jon H. Beaupré.

The Legal 500 United States is relied upon by buyers worldwide to provide an objective annual analysis of the U.S. legal services market. More information is at www.legal500.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property, making Brinks one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world rely on Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks attorneys provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.

Legal 500 U.S. Ranks Dykema’s Automotive Product Liability Litigation Practice

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that the firm’s Automotive Industry Group has been ranked by the Legal 500 United States 2015 (Legal 500) in the area of Litigation – Product liability and mass tort defense – automotive/transport. Additionally, Michael Cooney, Terri Reiskin and Nicholas Wittner were also recognized in this category as well.

For its rankings, Legal 500 organizes each practice area into a single national ranking, avoiding a state-by-state approach. Only a small number of firms in the U.S. are recognized to have a truly national presence coupled with the capability to handle sophisticated and complex work. The Legal 500’s team of experienced researchers—which includes both qualified journalists and lawyers—spend several months each year conducting in-depth research into the market. The U.S. edition of Legal 500 is now in its ninth year and is relied upon by millions of buyers of legal services worldwide when they need to instruct outside counsel.

Dykema has been partnering with our automotive industry clients since the first automobiles rolled off the Motor City’s assembly lines. With decades of industry experience, Dykema fields one of the most extensive automotive-related legal practices in the United States. The attorneys in our coast-to-coast network of offices lead the way, guiding our international roster of automotive industry clients through the many legal hurdles they face and, ultimately, to business success.

Michael Cooney, Director of Dykema’s Litigation Department, has a national trial practice focused on product liability, class action, patent, and commercial litigation. He is regularly called upon by Fortune 500 companies to try high exposure cases in the country’s toughest venues and against some of the country’s top trial attorneys. Cooney, who has a mechanical engineering degree, has extensive experience presenting complex engineering, business, and science-related disputes to juries, judges, and arbitration panels.

Terri Reiskin, Leader of Dykema’s Products, Class Actions & Professional Liability Practice Group, is a litigator with extensive national experience handling product liability litigation, class action defense, consumer finance, appeals, and other complex litigation. Reiskin’s automotive product liability practice includes representation of numerous auto manufacturers in personal injury and class action cases as national and regional counsel involving seatbelts, airbags, fuel tanks, transmissions, fuel-fed fires and a variety of other allegations. She also has extensive experience in product liability litigation involving trucks, pharmaceuticals, food products and medical devices, including breast implants, bone screws, latex gloves and pacemakers. Her class action practice focuses on consumer fraud based class actions involving automobiles and other consumer products, and she has also defended TCPA and FDCPA cases. She has tried both personal injury and class actions to verdict, and has served as appellate counsel in automotive cases.

Nicholas Wittner’s practice focuses on regulatory matters, product safety and liability prevention, and general litigation. Wittner served for 20 years as an assistant general counsel for the Nissan North America Legal Department. He headed the Legal Department’s Product Group, which is responsible for the management of product liability litigation, product-related class actions, safety and environmental regulatory compliance matters, and patent litigation. He also advised engineers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan on safety compliance, as well as product safety and liability prevention. Prior to his time at Nissan, Wittner was a lawyer at General Motors for 11 years, where he handled complex multi-district litigation.

About the Legal 500 Series
The Legal 500 Series is widely acknowledged as the world’s largest legal referral guide. More than 250,000 corporate counsel have been surveyed and interviewed globally in the past 12 months. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit. The Legal 500 Series’ analysis of law firm capabilities extends to 107 jurisdictions worldwide. Used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, CFOs and professional advisers – as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally – the series is widely chosen for its definitive judgement of law firm capabilities

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 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.