United States: Michigan


Brooks Kushman PC 

“Brooks Kushman maintains an excellent group and an incredible system which allows it to effortlessly handle a staggering volume of work.” It has an ardent following of brand owners and foreign counsel thanks to its “responsiveness and phenomenal turnaround times”, “direct, to-the-point advice” and cost effectiveness. The depth of the team is another differentiator; no other firm in the WTR 1000 Michigan listings has more than two recommended individuals and Brooks Kushman has five. Mark Cantor, Marc Lorelli, Elizabeth Janda, Robyn Lederman and Hope Shovein make up the firm’s constellation of stars. Cantor’s assured leadership has been instrumental in bringing about the firm’s impressive growth. The founding partner, president and chairman is a go-to for complex IP litigation. Credit for the success of the litigation practice must also go to Lorelli, a resonant presenter who is also extremely thorough in case preparation. Janda and Lederman co-chair the trademark practice; they whip portfolios into coherent and compelling shape and provide clients with the strategic overlay they need to make smart business and IP decisions. Online enforcement is a key strength of Shovein, although she also excels in brand management.

Dickinson Wright 

Full-service outfit Dickinson Wright is committed to IP excellence; testament to this, it runs its own IP academy to help law students gain the tools they need to become successful IP lawyers. The IP team renders 360-degree trademark support to brand owners; alive to commercial risk, its professionals conduct themselves admirably establishing cast-iron protection, guiding the development of global portfolios and keeping infringers at bay. With specialists across multiple domestic offices, the firm is within reach for most leading US brands. In Ann Arbor, John C Nishi and John C Blattner stand tall. Nishi provides a personal service and goes the extra mile for his clients as a matter of routine. “He does outstanding work and is extremely cost efficient.” Companies let Blattner in on the brand creation process because he is full of great ideas; he has a broad perspective on the business world having had a career in publishing and marketing before law. His practice extends into enforcement too; here, he knows how to facilitate quick but lasting victories.

Fishman Stewart PLLC

Practitioners at Bloomfield Hills boutique Fishman Stewart take a rigorously commercial approach; they manage intellectual property with a view to giving clients an advantage over their competitors in the minds of consumers and in the event of litigation. On the prosecution side, efficiency through the clever use of technical tools frees up lawyers for strategic thinking and value addition; if storm clouds gather, the team does not turn on the litigation machine and let it run – it can fight hard if necessary, but looks to resolve disputes first and foremost. Leading light Michael Fishman has the magic touch when it comes to prosecution and portfolio management, as well as IP monetisation. A lot of his work is international in nature, and he makes use of an excellent network of contacts.

Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC

Harness, Dickey & Pierce keeps vigilant watch over 20,000 trademarks and is a repository of trust for brand owners of all stripes. Folks here have an exceptional work ethic and are available around the clock, as a result of which they have fostered extremely close relations with clients. Nothing is too much trouble for Lisabeth Coakley, an IP devotee with nearly four decades of experience – spanning in-house and private practice – on her résumé. A business-minded strategist who defends and enforces tenaciously, she is a one-stop shop for exciting companies as they move and shake.

Honigman LLP

As a result of heightened client demand, particularly in terms of enforcement, corporate firm Honigman has beefed up its trademark line-up with lawyer and paralegal hires. The ensemble is utilising its expanded squad of high-calibre professionals to enhance even further its outstanding service to an enviable client base and foreign correspondent pool. Whether in prosecution or contentious work, the team executes mandates creatively, practically, efficiently and at a reassuringly sensitive price point. Highly recommended for her portfolio management proficiency, partner and board member Anessa Owen Kramer is in sync with her clients – who are invariably famous brand owners – on a commercial level. Keeping the trademark and copyright group in a healthy groove as leader is Julie Kretzschmer Reitz. Like Kramer, she also has razor-sharp prosecution and brand management skills.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

One of Michigan’s best general practices, Warner Norcross + Judd gets to the commercial crux of all IP matters, whatever their nature. Serving as a single point of contact for all trademark needs, the IP group makes effective use of the firm’s wider resources to solve problems expeditiously and effectively. Newly recommended in the WTR 1000 for 2019, James Scott is “impressively efficient” and gives “very straightforward and clear recommendations” when it comes to protecting trademark rights.

Other recommended experts

Staci DeRegnaucourt is an extremely effective and dependable trademark attorney who always provides incisive advice. She is detail-oriented and always available to talk strategy. Staci is a trusted business partner more than capable of handling the most challenging assignments.” In recent years she has solidified Quinn IP Law’s reputation in the Michigan market. Bodman veteran Susan Kornfield knows how IP disputes play out, having played the role of expert witness, mediator, arbitrator and lead litigation counsel. She reacts quickly when trouble is brewing and escalates or settles things down as appropriate with shrewd tactics. Bridge IP is a good choice for a flexible and cost-effective service. The firm was founded by Michael Lisi, a clear communicator whose tip-top counsel on everything from trademark clearance and registration to enforcement does not come with an unmanageable price tag. Founder of Blue Filament Law Mary Margaret O’Donnell is a popular choice for conflict of interest referrals. She has bags of experience but low overheads and therefore can give clients excellent bang for their buck.


  • Staci R DeRegnaucourt - Quinn IP Law
  • Anessa Owen Kramer - Honigman LLP
  • John C Nishi - Dickinson Wright 
  • John C Blattner - Dickinson Wright 
  • Mark Cantor - Brooks Kushman PC
  • Lisabeth H Coakley - Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC
  • Michael D Fishman - Fishman Stewart PLLC
  • Elizabeth Janda - Brooks Kushman PC
  • Susan Kornfield - Bodman
  • Julie Kretzschmer Reitz - Honigman LLP
  • Robyn Lederman - Brooks Kushman PC
  • Michael A Lisi - Bridge Intellectual Property Services PLLC
  • Marc Lorelli - Brooks Kushman PC
  • Mary Margaret O’Donnell - Blue Filament Law PLLC
  • James Scott - Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
  • Hope Shovein - Brooks Kushman PC