DECEMBER 17, 2015

Howard & Howard Celebrates Another Successful Year; Congratulates Five New Shareholders

Royal Oak, Michigan, December 17, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Emily E. Bennett, Paul T. Engel, Sam A. Fares, Steven M. Van Beek and Daniel L. Villaire Jr. have all become shareholders in the firm.

Emily E. Bennett concentrates her practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial, class action, patent infringement, and employment disputes. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, she worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Morton Denlow, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois (ret).

Paul T. Engel concentrates his practice in intellectual property law with a focus on obtaining and enforcing patents and trademarks, with a particular emphasis on patent preparation, prosecution and opinion work in the chemical and mechanical arts.

Sam A. Fares joined Howard & Howard in 2010 and concentrates his practice in intellectual property law with a focus on patent preparation, prosecution, and clearance matters in the electrical and computer arts.  

Steven M. Van Beek concentrates his practice in the area of financial regulations. He represents credit unions throughout the country to help ensure they comply with the regulations and guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the National Credit Union Administration, the Federal Reserve Board as well as the underlying legal statutes.

Daniel L. Villaire Jr. concentrates his practice in labor and employment law. He represents public and private employers in individual and class/collective actions, including cases involving the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, Title VII, the FLSA, the EEOC, union grievance arbitrations, employment agreements and assists employers with the administration and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

About Howard & Howard

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); and Las Vegas, Nevada.  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

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