Royal Oak, Michigan, May
16, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Robert H. Smeltzer has joined the firm.
He will practice out of the firm’s Chicago office.
has over 25 years of federal and state court experience in all phases of labor
and employment, commercial, and non-patent intellectual property litigation and
counseling. He has handled countless Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, NLRA, ERISA
and FMLA matters before the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the
Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations,
the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and state and
Mr. Smeltzer regularly represents clients in cases involving employment related
torts (e.g. defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference);
wrongful discharge, employee handbook, and wage and sales commission disputes.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law, where he has
taught comprehensive courses in Labor Law, Employment Law and Employment
Discrimination, and has contributed to several major treatises in the area,
including Holloway & Leech, Employment Termination — Rights and Remedies
(BNA 1993) and Tobias, Litigating Wrongful Discharge Claims, (Callahan, 1989).
He also conducts sexual harassment investigations and training.
to commercial litigation, Mr. Smeltzer regularly handles complex restrictive
covenant and trade secret litigation, contract disputes and business torts
litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. He regularly
handles trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement cases, as well as
related state law actions for unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation
and common law infringement, in state and federal courts throughout the
country. Mr. Smeltzer has experience drafting and negotiating licenses and
continually prosecutes trademark and copyright registrations before the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office and the Copyright Office. He also handles appeals,
cancellations and other proceedings before the TTAB.
holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating
for ethics and legal ability and has been named an Illinois “Super Lawyer”
since 2013. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College
of Law in 1991 and his B.S. from Miami University in 1987. Mr. Smeltzer is
licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and before the Northern and
Central Districts of Illinois, Sixth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuit Court of
Appeals, Western District of Michigan, Eastern District of Wisconsin and the
District of Colorado.
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; 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.
- Stacey M. Parzuchowski
Marketing & Communications Manager
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
450 West Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067