I am an attorney who assists my clients in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights.

My practice focuses primarily on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents in chemistry, biotechnology, and electromechanical arts for multinational corporations, with a primary focus on coatings chemistry, medicinal chemistry, medical devices and technology, and a wide variety of automotive applications. I have experience providing infringement/freedom-to-operate and invalidity opinions, trademark clearance opinions, and preparing and reviewing licensing and nondisclosure agreements for an array of businesses and individuals. I also have experience in patent litigation, and was lead counsel for a Fortune 500 automotive supplier in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to law school, I worked as a polymer chemist at two Fortune 500 chemical companies developing various automotive and non-automotive coatings, including electrodeposition coatings, primers for plastics, waterborne basecoat/clearcoat coatings, and deck coatings.

Services

Intellectual Property

When ideas translate into products, processes, art, or authorship, we help clients protect their innovations and commercialize their work.

Credentials

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, 1995
    • J.D., Common Law
  • University of Michigan, 1988
    • B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • University of Detroit Mercy
    • 18 credits towards an M.S. in Polymer Chemistry

Memberships

  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Admissions

  • Michigan, 1995
  • Illinois, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2010
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2001
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1996

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Primary outside counsel for a Michigan based biotechnology company in the area of medicinal chemistry.

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  • Lead counsel for a Fortune 500 automotive supplier in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Michigan where the case settled in our client's favor after obtaining a preliminary injunction. Edit

Community

Community

I support Kids on the Go, a program providing special needs children with therapy during the summer months.