Press Releases | 03/12/2012

Brooks Kushman Boosts Growing Los Angeles Presence with Office Move Downtown and Addition of Experienced Litigator


Los Angeles, March 12, 2012 – Intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. moved its office to downtown Los Angeles and has expanded its practice with the addition of experienced patent attorney Sanford Astor. Based in Detroit, Brooks Kushman opened its L.A. office in 2008 in an effort to better serve the firm`s long-term client base in California and build upon its IP litigation experience in the California courts. Brooks Kushman`s move to downtown L.A. signals the firm`s growing presence in the California legal market.

“With our office move, we are closer to the federal courts and in the heart of the corporate presence in L.A.,” said Mark Cantor, President of Brooks Kushman. “Under the leadership of Bill Thomson, and now Sandy Astor, in our L.A. office, the firm is dedicated to growing our presence as a key player in intellectual property law and litigation on the West Coast.”

Astor is an attorney with over 40 years of experience in IP law in California and nationwide. Astor focuses his practice on patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution and litigation, and he brings high-level IP experience in chemical and mechanical engineering, medical devices, internet and digital programming, and also has provided legal services in the entertainment industry. He recently secured several patents covering nanotechnology for University of California, San Diego, and has prepared and prosecuted patent, trademark, and copyright applications for multiple technical aspects involved in motion pictures. Prior to entering private practice, Astor worked for five years as a Patent Examiner in the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

“Sandy`s expertise in a variety of prominent industries in L.A., coupled with his rare experience working as a patent examiner in the PTO, have made him an invaluable addition to the Brooks Kushman team,” said Bill Thomson, who has been in the firm`s L.A. office for nearly three years.

Brooks Kushman`s new Los Angeles office is located at 601 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 2080, Los Angeles, CA 90017 and can be reached at (213) 622-3003.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Founded in 1983 by five IP attorneys, Brooks Kushman P.C. ( is a leading IP and commercial law firm based in Southfield, Mich. with offices across the nation. Since its inception, the firm has grown to more than 70 lawyers and patent agents, gaining a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in providing cutting-edge, timely and cost-effective IP counseling.

Brooks Kushman counts six U.S. Fortune 100 companies among its clients and is often recognized by peers and leading trade publications. Brooks Kushman is: a Go-To Law Firm® selected by the top 500 companies, according to Corporate Counsel magazine; on the Law360 Intellectual Property 100 List; a “Best at Client Focus” firm, according to large and Fortune 1000 companies surveyed by The BTI Consulting Group; and one of the top IP firms selected by the Fortune 100, according to IP Law & Business.

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