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Business and IP Litigation Attorney

Bryan helps companies successfully resolve business disputes, representing clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, health care, and professional services. He is particularly experienced in federal court litigation, both in West Michigan and across the country. Bryan also represents clients in intellectual property disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other trade secrets.

Experience

Experience

Federal court litigation:

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians v Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Honorable David M. Lawson): obtained favorable settlement for Little River Band of Ottawa Indians on claim for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA.         

 Trinity Health-Michigan v JC Penney Co (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Robert J. Jonker): obtained favorable settlement for Trinity Health on claim for reformation of commercial lease agreement after defeating motion for summary judgment.

AMS Associates Inc v Flexituff International Ltd (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Robert J. Jonker): obtained favorable settlement for AMS of breach of contract claim after defeating motion for summary judgment.

Perfect Front-End LLC v Meritt LLC (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Paul L. Maloney): obtained favorable settlement for Perfect Front-End in sales representative commission dispute through early negotiation.

Amicus Energy Solutions LLC v Metro Health Hospital (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Janet T. Neff): obtained favorable settlement for Metro Health of breach of contract lawsuit through active negotiation and litigation strategy.

Simon v Gerdau MacSteel Inc (United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Honorable Phillip J. Shefferly): obtained summary judgment for Gerdau MacSteel on multi-million dollar preference claim through cross-examination of opposing expert at deposition.

Collins & Aikman Corp v Summit Polymers Inc (United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Honorable Steven W. Rhodes): successfully resolved preference/security interest dispute for Summit Polymers through early mediation.

Ralston v CU*Answers Inc (United States District Court for the District of Utah, Honorable Dee Benson): obtained summary judgment for CU*Answers on breach of contract claim.

Virginia M Damon Trust v Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson LLP (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Gordon J. Quist): obtained favorable settlement for Wipfli on accounting malpractice claim through active defense strategy.

Mid-West Spring and Stamping Inc v Gentex Corp (United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Honorable Harry C. Dees, Jr.): defended Gentex in breach of contract claim tried to court, limiting judgment to five-figure amount.

Intellectual property litigation:

Herman Miller, Inc. v Gold Leaf Holding Ltd. (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Robert J. Jonker): obtained favorable settlement for Herman Miller of registered trade dress and trademark infringement claim.

 East Jordan Plastics, Inc. v Ainong USA Corp. (United States District Court for the Central District of California, Honorable George H. Wu): obtained favorable settlement for EJP in trademark infringement claim.

John K. Burch Co. v Hatch (Kent County Circuit Court, Honorable George S. Buth): obtained favorable settlement for Burch in misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit.

Whirlpool Corp. v LG Electronics, Inc. (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Robert Holmes Bell): obtained summary judgment in favor of LG on patent infringement claim brought by Whirlpool concerning front-loading washing machines.

Whirlpool Corp. v LG Electronics, Inc. (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Gordon J. Quist): obtained favorable resolution for LG of patent infringement claim concerning washing machine patents.

Whirlpool Properties Inc. v LG Electronics USA, Inc. (United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan; Honorable David W. McKeague): obtained favorable resolution for LG of trademark infringement claim concerning washer and dryer trademarks.

RoMan Engineering Services Inc. v. Orsette (Oakland County Circuit Court; Honorable Rudy J. Nichols): obtained injunction and favorable settlement for RoMan of misappropriation of trade secrets claim.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Leading Lawyers, Commercial Litigation

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States

Federal Bar Association, West Michigan Chapter: president, 2016 - 2017

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Litigation Section

State Bar of Illinois

State Bar of Michigan: Litigation Section; Appellate Section

Community Involvement

City of East Grand Rapids, city commissioner, 2017 - present

East Grand Rapids Middle School, Science Olympiad coach, 2014 - 2017

Fountain Street Church, Governing Board chair, 2013 - 2015

News & Publications

Presentations

"Can Your Company Employees Keep a (Trade) Secret?" Grand Rapids Business Journal, June 20, 2011

 "Judicial Clerkships and the Salary Wars," The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 48 No. 5, June 2011

Publications

Industries

Education

University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1997
Michigan Law Review, Contributing Editor

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., magna cum laude, International Relations, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Norther District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
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