Two Brinks lawyers named to SBM posts; firm announces new competition

Robert Fergan was elected to a three-year term in the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for the 22nd Circuit, Washtenaw County, and Bonnie Shaw was re-elected to the Young Lawyers Section - Executive Council, for a two year term in District three, which represents all counties except Wayne, Oakland and Macomb.

Shaw and Fergan both are attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione.

The election results were announced by the State Bar of Michigan on June 28.

Fergan joined Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione in 2003. His practice at Brinks focuses on client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and in other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, electro-optical and computer science arts as well as patents related to business methods.

Shaw has been active in the legal profession since joining Brinks in 2006, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and patent and trademark prosecution in the medical and mechanical arts.

In addition to serving on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, she is co-chair of the Public Relations and Community Liaison Committee of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. As Chair, she also has a seat on the Board of Directors of the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

In other Brinks news, the firm has announced its sponsorship of the Brinks Innovation Competition, to be held in conjunction with the Midwest Clean Tech 2010 Conference scheduled for September 14-15, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The Brinks Innovation Competition provides a platform for developers of new technologies to showcase their products, services or processes to a qualified panel of experts.

Entries must provide solutions to global challenges in such areas as environmental technologies, renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community or green building science, and must offer competitive returns for investors and customers.

The top five finalists will present their technology at Midwest Clean Tech 2010 before an international audience of entrepreneurs, financiers, researchers and developers.

For additional information or to enter the competition, visit

Lawrence. G. Almeda, an attorney and shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks and Chair of the firm's Nanotechnology Group, encourages Michigan companies to participate.

Published: Thu, Jul 22, 2010


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