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Kroninger Joins Varnum's Metro Detroit Office

July 11, 2014

Varnum is pleased to announce that veteran intellectual property attorney Timothy K. Kroninger has joined the firm's metro Detroit office.

Kroninger joins Varnum from IPPES LLC in Troy, Michigan where he was the principal and acted as the firm's CEO and chief legal officer. Prior to that he was the associate general counsel and senior vice president, Legal Affairs and Business Development at Equity Management Inc. in Troy, after serving as a senior attorney with General Motors Corporation in Detroit.

"Tim's capabilities and experience provide depth and breadth to our intellectual property team," said executive partner Thomas G. Kyros. "He has a very strong reputation for his client-centric approach and responsiveness, both of which deeply embedded in Varnum's culture."

Kroninger has extensive experience in many legal business areas including intellectual property and contract law, corporate and general business law, franchise and marketing law, and trademark/brand licensing. His experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies around the world. Moreover, Kroninger uses and draws upon his significant experience to apply a unique perspective, philosophy, and attitude to assist small to medium size companies in analyzing, evaluating, protecting, and enforcing their intellectual property from an overall strategic perspective, which is very unique to the legal industry.

Kroninger is the ninth attorney to join Varnum's metro Detroit office in the past 18 months.

"Varnum is a great place to be if you are looking for the infrastructure and support of a large firm along with the entrepreneurial environment of a smaller firm,"  said Rich Hewlett, a lateral hire who joined Varnum in 2010 from another southeast Michigan law firm. "Tim is a great addition to our team in Metro Detroit; his wealth of knowledge, experience, and strong ties in the area are an asset to the firm."

Outside of his practice, Kroninger is an active member of the community in southeast Michigan. He currently serves as a board member and vice president of the Optimist Club of Auburn Hills. He is a board member, treasurer and past president of the Crescent Ridge/Parc Subdivision Association, active in coaching youth sports, and a member of the Michigan State University Alumni Association and the Michigan State University – President's Club and Beaumont Tower Society.

Kroninger earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Detroit School of Law. He obtained his undergraduate B.A. degree from Michigan State University, College of Business where he graduated with honors.

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