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Intellectual Property and Business Law Attorney

Tim is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Corporate Law Practice Teams. He has extensive experience in many legal business areas including intellectual property and contract law, corporate and general business law, franchise and marketing law, warranty and disclosure law, and trademark/brand and technology licensing as well as litigation.

Tim’s experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies around the world. He uses his significant experience in law and business to apply a unique perspective, philosophy, and attitude to assist all types and sizes of companies in analyzing, protecting, and enforcing their intellectual property from an overall strategic perspective, which is unique to the legal industry.

Tim also has extensive experience in negotiating, drafting, and analyzing complex license and franchise agreements that involve the diverse areas of manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing, insurance and indemnification, warranty and quality control, financials and intellectual property.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Auburn Hills Optimist Club: Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, 2017; Optimist of the Year, 2007 - 2008

C.O.T.H.A. (Troy Homeowners Associations), Volunteer of the Year, 2000

Oxford High School (Michigan), Distinguished Alumnus, 1990

Troy Soccer Club, Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, 2012

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Detroit Bar Association

International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA)

International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

MSU Alumni Association

MSU Spartan Executive Group - Metro Detroit

State Bar of Michigan: Business Law Section; Franchising Section; Intellectual Property Law Section

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Trademark and Entrepreneur Clinic, adjunct professor and director

Community Involvement

Crescent Ridge/Park Subdivision Association: Board of Directors, past president and treasurer

North Hills Christian Reformed Church, guest choir member/soloist

Optimist Club of Auburn Hills, Board of Directors

Troy Soccer Club: coach/trainer; past club director/president

News & Publications

Presentations

Judge, Michigan State University Broad Business Model Competition, March/April 2018

Panelist, Entrepreneurial Detroit Open City Event, Build Institute, January 15, 2018

Judge, GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition: March 28, 2018; March 29, 2017

Guest speaker, Michigan State University, College of Business, Business Entrepreneurship classes on Business Entity Creation, and Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement, 2014 - present

Guest speaker, The C12 Group, Fall Conference, "Trade Secrets, Confidentiality, and Non-Compete Agreements," 2010

Guest speaker, University of Detroit School of Law, Lunch with a Lawyer Program: "Intellectual Property and Licensing in the 'Real World'," 2013

Publications

Education

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1985
Law Review, Article and Book Editor
Moot Court, National Tax Law Team
Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society
Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society

Michigan State University
College of Business
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., with honors, 1982
MSU Mortar Board National Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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