Brooks Kushman has an “extremely strong” reputation in Michigan, and rightly so. The firm has four individuals ranked in the WTR 1000 – a depth of expertise which is unmatched in the state. Its offering is comprehensive, making it an attractive one-stop shop for brand owners. Practice co-chair and enforcement maestro Marc Lorelli has significant experience before the International Trade Commission, federal courts and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Founding member Mark Cantor is another contentious heavyweight who handles the heat of the courtroom with a cool head. He has been the firm’s president since 2007 and during his tenure has almost doubled the number of IP professionals on its books. Robyn Lederman has a glittering client roster featuring both exciting new start-ups and Fortune 500 entities. Domain name recovery and anti-counterfeiting are among her specialisms. With some 27-plus years’ experience in the field, Elizabeth Janda comes into her own managing portfolios and marketing strategies for concerns in the insurance, mortgage, advertising and comestibles fields.
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright’s pragmatic counsel comes at a sensitive price point and laced with commercial nous. It boasts expertise across the trademark spectrum, as well as in neighbouring fields such as design, copyright, unfair competition and advertising. John Blattner
is an influential figure in the publishing and marketing spheres, representing players such as Active Interest Media, the Sportsman Channel and Bellerophon Publications. Teammate John Nishi
is a portfolio management and licensing whizz whose client roster includes titans such as Google and Wal-Mart Stores.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Dinsmore & Shohl continues to light up Michigan’s IP space, in which it has operated for more than a century. Its expertise encompasses everything from prosecution to portfolio management and litigation, and it has invaluable courtroom experience; complementary knowledge of the intricacies of copyright law is another feather in its cap. Uniquely tailored, business-focused solutions can be expected from its practical, hands-on practitioners. Managing partner of the Detroit office Thomas Anderson is a reliable port of call.
Fishman Stewart casts an imposing shadow on the Michigan IP scene. Since 1996, it has been assisting clients with clearance searches, filing, preliminary injunctions, cancellation actions and oppositions, as well as the gamut of enforcement matters; high-level trade secret know-how is a further boon. The team demonstrates commercial thinking at every turn and speaks the language of the C-suite. Founding partner Michael Fishman
has handled trademark applications and registrations in over 200 jurisdictions worldwide; no industry is outside his capabilities, although the automotive, entertainment, telecommunications and medical products sectors are particularly happy hunting grounds.
Harness, Dickey & Pierce plc
Harness Dickey & Pierce has long plied its trade at the cutting edge of trademark law. Its Detroit office is complemented by bases in Dallas, St Louis and Washington DC; some 100 practitioners operate between the four, giving it the footprint, know-how and manpower to handle significant cross-country matters. Of late, it has been orchestrating incisive anti-counterfeiting initiatives to superb effect, leading to significant seizures for its high-profile clients. Its success in this sphere is in large part due to the invaluable links with Customs forged by the “extremely proficient and talented” Lisabeth Coakley
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
When it comes to non-contentious mandates, look no further than the creative, cost-effective Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn – a favourite among brand owners both local and foreign, with a prodigious trademark filing record. Continued investment in developing its offering is paying real dividends: it recently set up shop in Chicago, brought three new trademark attorneys on board and was entrusted with the stewardship of Kellogg’s worldwide portfolio. It has also been assisting Neogen Corporation with its branding strategy. Counting both entities on her client roster, Julie Kretzschmer Reitz
enters the listings for the first time this year. “Extremely efficient and business minded”, she is “very clear on how and where you should spend your money – a truly pragmatic and proactive professional”. Strategic maven Anessa Kramer
is a “fantastic attorney who consistently impresses. She always has an interesting take on matters and puts together excellent prosecution plans”.
Warner Norcross & Judd
Warner Norcross & Judd is a Michigan heavyweight, with eight thriving offices in the state and a long-standing history of IP excellence. The automotive, life sciences, mining and oil and gas sectors are strongholds, thanks to the dedicated teams it has established to address the diverse issues arising in each; registration and brand management briefs are dispatched with particular aplomb. Businesses can be sure that their trademark counsel is consistently underpinned by shrewd commercial insight. Raymond Scott has over 40 years’ experience in the entertainment sphere and is a good first port of call.