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Quinn Law Group PLLC, an intellectual property law firm located in Novi, has announced that Anthonie Moll joined the firm as principal. Initially trained as a chemical engineer, Moll is a registered patent attorney with substantial experience in drafting and prosecuting utility patents for chemical processes, mechanical devices, computer hardware and software, and electronic devices.

In light of his analytic background, Moll brings a focus on developing pragmatic IP protection strategies, managing client portfolios, and drafting opinions to the firm's portfolio of legal services. His experience with litigation across all major technology areas including chemical, mechanical, electrical, and software-based subject matter will add to the firm's litigation services.

"Over the last five to ten years, lowering the cost of legal services has been a focus of both large and small companies," Moll said. "This has led company after company to the realization that patent boutiques like Quinn Law provide both the highest quality patent services and a reasonable price. Working with the highly acclaimed and client-focused professionals at Quinn Law allows me to spend quality time on each case to provide excellent client service and a high-quality work product."

Prior to joining the Quinn Law Group, Moll worked at DeLizio Law PLLC in Cypress, TX as well as Nixon Peabody LLP in Chicago. He also spent time as a teaching assistant at The John Marshall Law School and performed biomedical research with carbon nanotubes as an undergraduate.

Moll graduated from Chicago's John Marshall Law School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as in the state of Illinois.

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The Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run airports, has promoted Brian J. Sadek to serve as vice president, Legal and Authority Affairs, effective July 1. This move comes after the retirement of Emily Neuberger who served as senior vice president and general counsel for more than 12 years. Sadek joined WCAA in 2012 as assistant general counsel and has played a key role in helping the authority reach its goals.

Sadek was instrumental in developing small business contracting procedures that resulted in more than $18.5 million in new contracts for local small businesses and more than tripled the number of certified small business enterprises hired by the Airport Authority. He has served as legal lead for the renegotiation of the management agreement with the operator of Detroit Metro Airport's on-site hotel and the related issuance of the Airport Authority's $705 million Series 2016A-G Bonds. Also, Sadek was selected to head an interdepartmental leadership team that created a food donation program. Thousands of pounds of excess food generated at the airport has been donated to food insecure individuals and families as a result of the program.

"I am honored to take on this new role and continue helping the authority to thrive," said Sadek. "I have the support of an extremely talented team that handles everything from government relations to legal affairs. I couldn't ask for better colleagues. I always tell people who have moved away, like I once did, that our region is full of great opportunities and I am thankful to the Airport Authority for providing me with this one."

Prior to working for WCAA, Sadek worked at a large Chicago law firm in its Public Finance and Municipal Law practice and served as deputy general counsel for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority. While at the RTA, he provided legal counsel to the RTA and its Board of Directors in a practice that included contracting, litigation, intellectual property, employment and labor law.

Sadek's commitment to helping his community dates back decades. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, earning an honorable discharge in 2005. He volunteered his time as inaugural chair of the Southeastern Michigan Regional Transit Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee and is currently a Detroit Young Professionals board member.

Sadek received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is a candidate for a Master of Liberal Arts in Management at Harvard University. Recently, Sadek was selected for the Leadership Detroit Class XXXVIII.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Hal W. Milton Jr. received the 2016 Excellence in Intellectual Property Award during the 42nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute on July 21-23 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The 2016 Excellence in Intellectual Property Award is presented by the State Bar of Michigan's Intellectual Property Law Section and Milton was chosen as the recipient based on his contribution to the intellectual property law field, both through his legal practice and his dedication to teaching the next generation of patent lawyers.

Milton manages the Dickinson Wright Intellectual Property Academy to produce high quality patent applications by blending experience and training tools with the enthusiasm of law students and recent law graduates who are also degreed engineers or scientists. He has mentored more than 200 new attorneys into the practice of patent law through his training program during the last 45 years. In addition, he serves as lead trial counsel in successfully litigating various patented technologies, assisting new enterprises in protecting their technology to entice investment or the sale of the enterprise, and overseeing the creation of patent, trade secret and trademark portfolios during periods of significant growth for several large corporations.

Milton has taught patent prosecution at a number of law schools and currently teaches the preparation of a patent application at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association. He received his B.S. from Purdue University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law School.

Dickinson Wright is also pleased to announce that attorney Cynthia A. Moore has been selected as a "2016 Women in the Law" honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Moore is the Practice Department manager for the firm's domestic relations, employee benefits, estate planning, gaming and immigration practices. She is a national expert on fringe benefit plans and is counsel to numerous plan sponsors in the design, administration and qualification of qualified retirement plans, with an emphasis on 401(k) plans. She has counseled numerous clients on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She also counsels companies and compensation committees on the tax, ERISA, and securities law aspects of executive compensation programs, such as supplemental executive retirement plans, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, including Code Section 409A compliance.

Moore is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Oakland County Bar Association. She regularly speaks at seminars across the state regarding employee benefits and taxation issues. Moore is listed as a "Leader in her Field" in Chambers USA for employee benefits & executive compensation in the state of Michigan and is recognized for her expertise by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness Top Lawyers. She received her B.A. from Alma College, her M.S.L. from Western Michigan University, and her law degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Jeffrey M. Schroder, a former assistant attorney general senior attorney for the Health Care Fraud Division for the state of Michigan, recently joined Plunkett Cooney.

Licensed in Michigan's state and federal courts, Schroder focuses his practice in the areas of healthcare and governmental law. A member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, he defends a variety of healthcare clients in matters involving regulatory compliance, audit defense, alleged fraud claims and embezzlement recovery. In addition, Schroder has experience representing municipalities in all aspects of municipal law with particular expertise in the areas of land use, zoning and licensing matters.

While working as an assistant attorney general, Schroder initiated civil Medicaid fraud recoveries, prosecuted Medicaid provider fraud, prosecuted financial abuse in resident care facilities, represented the state in Qui Tam cases filed by whistleblowers under the Medicaid False Claims Act, and served on national teams with other Qui Tam states to investigate and prosecute global fraud cases.

Schroder, who is a senior attorney at the firm, also has the distinction of having served as assistant city attorney for the city of Warren for approximately nine years. While there, he represented the city in litigation and court proceedings; negotiated and recommended contracts; prosecuted criminal cases; represented the city's planning commission, library commission and brownfield authority; drafted city ordinances and resolutions; drafted legal opinions for elected officials and department heads; and worked extensively on state governmental relations issues with the city lobbyist.

A member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers, and the State Bar of Michigan, Schroder graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2001 and received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in 1997.

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Mark Krysinski, a partner at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC and former chair of the Real Property law section of the State Bar of Michigan, received the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service award at the section's annual summer conference on Thursday, July 14, at Boyne Mountain, Jaffe CEO William Sider made the announcement.

The C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service award is presented in recognition of exemplary service to the Real Property Section over an extended period of time. The award presented to Krysinski noted many of the leadership positions he has held in the section over the past 20 years, including serving as chair of the Commercial Leasing Section Committee.

Krysinski is a past member of Jaffe's board of directors and past chairman of the firm's real estate practice group, specializing in commercial development and leasing of real estate; financing and leasing of office, industrial, apartment and retail projects nationwide; complex mixed-use condominium developments, manufactured housing communities and multi-family housing communities.

In addition to being an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, Krysinski is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School and a frequent speaker at development, leasing and financing seminars for the State Bar of Michigan, International Counsel for Shopping Centers, Building Owners and Managers Association and more. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American Bar Association sections of Real Property and Business Law, and sits on the Real Property Advisory Board for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Krysinski earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School.

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Berry Moorman PC welcomes Sandro D. DiMercurio as an associate to the firm. DiMercurio passed the February 2016 Michigan Bar Examination and is concentrating his practice on real estate law, business law, civil litigation, and labor & employment law.

His credentials include a law degree and M.B.A. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and B.A. from Michigan State University.

Berry Moorman PC is a full service law firm with offices in Detroit, Birmingham, and Ann Arbor.

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Collins, Einhorn, Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Charles W. Wojno has joined the firm's General and Automotive Liability practice group. An accomplished attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Wojno concentrates his practice on general liability matters with a particular focus on first- and third-party no-fault litigation. Wojno also has significant experience handling personal injury and property damage claims.

Before becoming a lawyer, Wojno worked for the City of Southgate Police Department. He has since handled hundreds of litigation files and has extensive experience in every aspect of a case, including discovery, drafting and responding to motions, and participating in case evaluations, facilitations, arbitrations, trials and appeals.

Wojno received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan - Dearborn in 1990 and went on to obtain a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1993. Wojno is a member of State Bar of Michigan

Active in the community, Wojno serves as a member of the Grosse Ile Township Board of Zoning Appeals and the Grosse Ile Athletic Boosters. He is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Grosse Ile.

Collins Einhorn is also pleased to announce that Melissa E. Graves has been named a 2016 Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Women in the Law."

Graves, a partner with the firm, focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented a wide array of professionals, including attorneys, real estate agents, insurance agents, and health care professionals. She is also involved in the defense of judicial disciplinary and general liability matters, including claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents.

Graves in actively involved in the Oakland County Bar Association, and is past president of the Women's Bar Association (WBA), Oakland County region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM). During her presidency, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan awarded the WBA a Regional Leadership Award, recognizing the WBA's "demonstrated professionalism, excellence and dedication to furthering the objectives of the WLAM."

Graves has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in 2010 and 2012, and for her work in Professional Liability Defense every year since 2013. She is also a two-time listed "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness Magazine for her work in Legal Malpractice Law.

Graves will be formally honored at an awards ceremony hosted by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on Sept. 15 at the Detroit Marriott Troy.

Published: Mon, Jul 25, 2016


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