Press Releases | 10/07/2019

Brooks Kushman Shareholders Rachel Smith and Michael MacCallum Named “Rising Stars”

Team Contact: Rachel Smith


Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce two shareholders, Michael MacCallum and Rachel Smith, have been named “Rising Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) Magazine. The comprehensive guide published by MIP lists leading IP firms and lawyers, and covers more than 80 countries.

MacCallum primarily focuses his practices on managing intellectual property portfolios for his clients, ranging from Fortune 100 Corporations to independent inventors. He is experienced in all phases of patent procurement, from working directly with inventors to craft invention disclosures, to drafting and prosecuting patent applications to issuance.  MacCallum has also served as lead counsel in various Inter Partes Review proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office.  He has been on the list of “Rising Stars” since 2016.

Smith is a patent attorney with an Electrical Engineering background, focusing her practice mostly on patent prosecution, both foreign and domestic. She also leads Brooks Kushman’s copyright team, both in acquiring protection for digital and user interface-based products, as well as on the compliance side for open source software issues. Smith manages clients of all sizes and prides herself on understanding her client’s business objectives just as much as their technology. Smith develops IP protection strategies specific to each client in an effort to meet the client’s business goals. Smith has been on the list of “Rising Stars” since 2016.

According to Managing Intellectual Property magazine, IP Stars ratings are based on research of over 1,000 interviews and surveys completed by partners and law firms active in the United States. Additional research is conducted through discussions with clients and leading in-house counsel, while also reviewing public information and coverage. To learn more and see the full list of firms and attorneys recognized, click here.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a premier intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm dedicated to the advancement and protection of innovations and brands that propel businesses around the world. With offices in Michigan and California, we work alongside corporations, small to medium sized businesses, and leading universities to protect their intellectual property assets. Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in industries and technologies, including consumer electronics, manufacturing, medical device, computer technology, aerospace, chemicals, biotechnology, and retail.

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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