Press Releases | 11/20/2018

Alan J. Gocha Wins Pro Bono Case, Awarded Sanctions, Treble Damages, and Attorney’s Fees


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –In December of 2017, Brooks Kushman attorney Alan J. Gocha took on his fourth pro bono litigation case, representing the plaintiff in Leshan v. Grill d/b/a Christian Brothers Piano in the State of Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court. The case involved a Grand Rapids businessman who has allegedly committed retail fraud multiple times over the past 25 years. Most recently, he was accused of fraudulent activity through his company, Christian Brothers Piano. On November 9, 2018, the Circuit Court granted Gocha’s Motion for Dispositive Sanctions—filed in response to discovery violations by the opposing party. The Court entered a judgment in plaintiff’s favor for $57,420 in damages and awarded plaintiff $17,525 in attorney’s fees—for a total judgement of $75,135 plus interest.

Gocha’s practice is primarily focused on complex intellectual property litigation in electrical, mechanical and software matters, however his experience touches a broad range of practice areas, including employment, civil rights, corporations, nonprofit, and bankruptcy law.  He also has experience in both defending against and asserting copyright, trademark, and patent rights, and has represented a wide range of clients, from small businesses and individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Gocha has served as lead counsel in a number of cases, both in state and federal court, and also has experience in appellate advocacy and arbitration. As an attorney, Gocha has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit

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