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Attorney discusses autonomous vehicle industry on TV program

James K. Cleland, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, was a featured guest on “Autoline This Week,” an Emmy award-winning, weekly half-hour television program featuring top automotive executives and journalists. “Autoline” is hosted by noted automotive journalist John McElroy. The show, which focused on trade secret theft and related intellectual property issues within the automotive/autonomous vehicle industry, premiered online March 22, 2018 and aired on Detroit Public Television station DPTV on March 25. The show can be viewed http://www.autoline.tv/journal/ ?cat=14813

Cleland is co-chair of Brinks’ Automotive Industry Group, which  offers comprehensive counsel on intellectual property litigation, patent, licensing, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues involving nearly every major system associated with a vehicle, and has a close eye on the automotive market, including autonomy, mobility and connectivity, and the future of the industry.

Among his legal accolades, Cleland was named a DBusiness Top Lawyer in the area of trade secrets in 2016. He holds a J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Michigan.


SBM Solo and Small Firm Section: ‘Tax Issues for Solo and Small Firms’ March 29

Join the State Bar of Michigan for a panel discussion on “Tax Issues for Solo and Small Firms” from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at WMU Cooley Law School, 2630 Featherstone Rd., Room 145 in Auburn Hills. As solo practitioners and small firm lawyers, a solid grasp of tax law basics can help you run your business and advise your clients better. This program brings together a professor, accountant, and two tax lawyers who will engage in a panel discussion of tax issues particularly relevant to solos and small firms including changes brought about by recent legislation. George W. Gregory practices law in Troy, concentrating on tax law, estate planning, business law, and probate. Ryan M. Mardini is a senior tax consultant within the Business Tax Services (BTS) Department of Deloitte Tax, LLP. Paul K. Marineau, a licensed attorney in Michigan and Pennsylvania, has over 20 years of experience providing international tax planning and structuring services to multinational companies. Dan Sheaffer served as corporate tax counsel for Alticor Corp., in Ada, before joining the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School faculty. At Alticor, Professor Sheaffer had the lead role in tax planning and tax advice for Alticor’s Asian affiliates. Register by March 26 at www.michbar.org.


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