MAY 16, 2017

Howard & Howard Welcomes Robert H. Smeltzer

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.

Mr. Smeltzer 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 federal courts.

In addition, 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.

With respect 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.

Mr. Smeltzer 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.

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); 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

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