United States: Michigan
There are few firms who take their commitment to clients as seriously as Brooks Kushman. Its 90 IP attorneys literally live the brands they represent – eating their products, wearing their clothes and driving their cars. They make themselves available at every hour of the day and never think twice about pulling an all-nighter when the situation requires. The services on offer are all-encompassing, from prosecution to litigation; but it is the team’s enforcement mettle that makes it really stand out. It has extensive experience sending cease and desist letters, liaising with US customs officials and seizing domain names back from cybersquatters. President and chair Mark Cantor has been instrumental in building up the practice and recruiting new talent. With an enviable track record in cases, he is a real source of inspiration for up-and-coming practitioners. Another widely revered member, Marc Lorelli has brought the heat before many federal courts in his time. He is a smooth operator, who assesses each case on its own merits within the framework of wider business realities and then comes up with a game plan. When it comes to global portfolio management, in steps Elizabeth Janda; the trademark group chair has sharpened her skills to the finest point over the course of a decorated 30-year career. Closing in on Janda’s three decades of experience, Robyn Lederman is responsible for the branding strategies of companies ranging from exciting start-ups to Fortune 500 world beaters. Joining these four in the WTR 1000 for the first time in 2018, Hope Shovein is a judicious strategist who understands the pressures of running a business thanks to time spent at a major automotive company. She has “significant experience in the trademark field and is very well known internationally” – her reputation has earned her the honour of being chair-elect to the IP section of the State Bar of Michigan.
With 17 posts across the United States – not to mention one in Canada – Dickinson Wright has a truly nationwide footprint. It is a full-service firm but places significant emphasis on its IP practice, ensuring that this is well represented in every office. The set’s ranks boast a dazzling array of experience, with an impressive partner-to-associate ratio and an ethos that no one should be afraid to get their hands dirty; a premium is placed on close client contact. The menu runs from nuts-and-bolts clearance work all the way up to protection of critical marks. Embodying this comprehensive range of services, John C Nishi is the man to call in Michigan. “He is a wonderful all-round lawyer with a particularly superb trademark prosecution practice. He understands what valuable advice looks like – his business-minded insights are incredibly valuable.” Having worked in publishing and marketing, John C Blattner brings a well-rounded understanding of brand creation to the table. Quick thinking, creativity and responsiveness characterise his practice.
Other recommended experts
Mary Bonnema at McGarry Bair is known for her startling power of recall. When the pressure mounts, she keeps her cool and utilises her exceptional memory. Having served as vice president in a Fortune 500 company, she also has a brilliant sense of business. Quinn Law Group’s far-sighted Staci DeRegnaucourt is adept at helping companies realise their long-term business plans through creative and effective portfolio management. Coordinating the IP practice at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, Lawrence Jordan “really makes an effort to understand his clients’ brands. You know he’ll do a fantastic job.” Transactional work sees him at his best. Bodman’s Susan Kornfield has the ability to communicate complex legal concepts in crystal-clear language – a skill that makes her stand out as a compelling negotiator and advocate. The versatile and “extremely sharp” Michael Lisi at Bridge Intellectual Property Services is a trademark magus, who demonstrates his magic touch at every turn. Blue Filament Law’s sagacious Mary Margaret O’Donnell is a regular before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and someone who rapidly instils trust in whomever she works with.
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