Press Releases | 11/01/2017

Brooks Kushman Associate Todd Dishman Named 2017 Up & Coming Lawyer


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce that associate Todd W. Dishman has been named a 2017 “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  This award recognizes 30 honorees in Michigan’s legal community who are establishing a name for themselves; go above and beyond and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 years in practice.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly will recognize the 2017 Up & Coming Lawyers at an awards luncheon on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan. Dishman was recognized as a 2017 “Up & Coming Lawyer” for his leadership within the legal community, and his commitment to client service and educating the next generation of patent attorneys. In addition to his work in the legal and local community, Dishman is an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of Detroit Mercy. He consistently goes above and beyond in his role as an educator, hosting several networking events throughout the year, inviting guest speakers to provide further insight on life as an IP attorney, and volunteering his help with the Wolverine Bar Association Michigan Bar Exam summer prep course. Dishman is also an effective mentor within Brooks Kushman, working with several associates to ensure they are best prepared to accomplish targeted goals.

Dishman joined the firm after serving as in-house patent counsel for General Motors. At Brooks Kushman, he focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation matters in mechanical and electromechanical arts. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Dishman worked for Ford Motor Company for 10 years as a design engineer for body systems, body structures, closures, sealing, and electromechanical hardware, and is a named inventor for several patented innovations related to body closures and sealing.

Dishman has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy, where he graduated magna cum laude. Dishman is based in Brooks Kushman’s Southfield, Michigan office.

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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