Press Releases | 09/06/2007

Brooks Kushman P.C. Law Firm Appoints New Leadership

Team Contact: Mark Cantor


Brooks Kushman P.C. – a leading intellectual property (IP) law firm based in Southfield, Michigan and with offices throughout the nation – recently appointed founding partners James A. Kushman to chairman and chief executive officer, and Mark A. Cantor to president.

“In my new role as chairman and CEO of Brooks Kushman, I look forward to building upon the record of excellence that the firm has established throughout its 24-year history,” Kushman said. “As two of the firm`s founding partners, Mark and I have helped drive the firm`s evolution and growth, and will continue to build its success in helping our clients protect their intellectual property assets.”

Kushman was one of the five original partners that founded Brooks Kushman in 1983. With 39 years of IP law experience, Kushman heads the patent prosecution division and concentrates his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as patent offices throughout the world.

His global practice encompasses all phases of protecting and maintaining IP assets, from the initial application preparation and filing through appeals, interferences, oppositions and litigation support. Recognized as one of the most experienced and competent lawyers in IP law, Kushman led the development of an international network of foreign associates that assists Brooks Kushman in serving multinational clients around the world.

Cantor, another one of the founding partners of Brooks Kushman, has more than 26 years of legal experience focusing on IP litigation. Leading the firm`s litigation practice and active in all aspects of this sector, Cantor is regularly appointed by federal and state courts to act as a facilitator to help resolve lawsuits having complicated technology issues.

Since 1981, Cantor has handled and tried cases relating to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, software and copyrights in state and federal courts throughout the country, in addition to a number of international forums. He also has an active practice advising clients on the acquisition, risk management and licensing of IP.

According to Cantor, the law firm has grown from five lawyers and three secretaries to more than 50 lawyers and a support staff of more than 60 since its inception in 1983. Additionally, the firm has doubled its revenue in the past 10 years.

“As we approach our 25th anniversary as an IP law firm, we plan to build upon our solid foundation of dedicated, experienced attorneys and talented staff, and continue this pattern of growth with the addition of new lawyers, new capabilities and new ventures,” Cantor said.

The appointments follow the recent untimely death of the firm`s former president, Ernie L. Brooks.

The Southfield, Mich.-based law firm works with clients to enhance and protect their property rights in ideas and innovations through creative solutions that move beyond the boundaries of traditional IP legal services. Brooks Kushman`s attorneys and agents are trained in a broad-range of scientific and engineering disciplines with many of its practitioners holding advanced technical and business degrees and certifications.

Founded in 1983 by five intellectual property attorneys, Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property and commercial law firm based in Southfield, Michigan with offices throughout the nation. Since its inception, the firm has grown significantly, gaining a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in cutting-edge, timely and cost-effective IP counsel.

The firm and its attorneys are often recognized by peers and leading trade publications. In fact, Brooks Kushman is a Go-To Law Firm® selected by the top 500 companies, according to Corporate Counsel magazine; is a “Best at Client Focus” firm, according to large and Fortune 1000 companies surveyed by The BTI Consulting Group; and is one of the top IP firms selected by the Fortune 250, according to IP Law & Business.

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