In honor of her professional success and community involvement, Anessa Kramer, an associate at Southfield, Mich.-based Brooks Kushman law firm, was recently named to Crain`s Detroit Business magazine`s “40 Under 40, Class of 2007” list.
The “40 Under 40” list honors 40 exceptional men and women in the business and nonprofit community who have achieved solid business success before the age of 40 years old. According to the publication, nearly 250 people were nominated for this year`s list. A panel of judges based its selection on information provided by the candidates and from additional research, focusing on professional achievement as the most important attribute.
Currently, Kramer, 35, manages Brooks Kushman`s approximately $3.6 million trademark practice in addition to representing a portfolio of sizable national and international trademark clients. Kramer advises clients on the availability and protection of trademarks, manages and prosecutes large international trademark portfolios, enforces and litigates trademark actions, handles domain name issues and provides advice relating to advertising and marketing. Kramer`s trademark work has ranked her among the top 50 trademark attorneys by NameProtect based on filings in 2006.
One of Kramer`s biggest accomplishments while with Brooks Kushman was spearheading a project to convince Ford Motor Co. to consolidate and outsource foreign trademark legal work with the law firm, saving Ford millions of dollars and tripling Brooks Kushman`s revenue. Kramer still manages the relationship between Brooks Kushman and Ford`s Chief Trademark Counsel.
With aspirations for continued expansion of Brooks Kushman`s reputation in trademarks on a national and international level, Kramer has and will continue to lead new business pitches to major companies. Recognizing that more and more women have the purchasing power, she has developed a creative marketing technique that appeals to this growing female audience.
In the Detroit community, Kramer is an active volunteer in Jewish charity work and co-chairs the Ben-Gurion Society and the Shalom Baby groups of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. She is also involved in Democratic politics and fundraising efforts.
Additionally, she is an active member of the International Trademark Association, serving on the Legislative and Regulatory Committee and various project teams, and is also a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and the Michigan State Bar IP Law Section.
Kramer earned her juris doctor degree, graduating with honors, from The George Washington University Law School located in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating with honors, from Michigan State University in East Lansing.