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Klug Recognized in Crain’s Notable Women in Law 2019

October 28, 2019

Varnum attorney Erin Klug has been selected as a Crain’s Notable Women in Law 2019 honoree. She will be recognized in a special feature in Crain’s Detroit Business on October 28.

Notable Women in Law are selected based on their career accomplishments, their involvement in nonprofits and community organizations, and evidence that they mentor others in their field.

Klug is a partner in Varnum’s intellectual property practice, focusing her practice in patent and trademark procurement to develop both domestic and international intellectual property strategies for her clients. In addition to her law practice, she is involved in numerous professional and community organizations, most notably the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM), where she currently serves as treasurer, and Women’s Bar Association (Oakland Region of WLAM), where she was president in 2017-2018.

Klug was nominated by fellow attorney Erin Flynn, of Kelly & Kelly P.C., in an extensive nomination process. Among her leadership and management skills, Flynn noted Klug’s contributions to Varnum’s IP practice and client development. She also highlighted Klug’s recent work – through her role on the WLAM Executive Board – to develop the Coalition for Impartial Justice, which recently proposed an amendment to the Judicial Canon 2(F) that includes mandatory language that judges not be members of organizations that invidiously discriminate.

“Erin worked tirelessly to ensure completion of the extensive and lengthy report that outlines the history of the judicial canon, justifications for the amendment, and a survey of other states’ judicial canons,” Flynn stated.

Klug is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including being named by DBusiness as a Top Lawyer since 2018, and to Brooks Patterson’s Oakland County Executive Elite 40 Under 40 in 2016. She has been named to Super Lawyers since 2017 and received the Leadership Award by WLAM in 2017.

In addition to the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County and WLAM, Klug is actively involved in many professional organizations, including:

• Inforum
• International Trademark Association (INTA)
• Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)
• Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court
• Oakland County Bar Association
• Society of Women Engineers

Klug’s community involvement includes membership in both the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Attorneys for Animals, where she serves as a board member.

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