Press Releases | 03/01/2018

Todd Dishman Appointed as 2018 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow; Isheeta Patel Appointed as an LCLD Pathfinder Participant

Team Contact: Isheeta Patel Laxmanan

  • inter-partes-review
  • Patent Prosecution

Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder Todd Dishman has been chosen to represent the firm as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2018 class of Fellows. This innovative program identifies, trains, and focuses on the development of the industry’s next generation of professional leaders. It also offers participants virtual and in-person training, peer-group projects and networking opportunities with LCLD’s top leadership and industry professionals alike.

Brooks Kushman Associate Isheeta Patel has also been selected to represent the firm in the 2018 Pathfinder Program with the LCLD. This program is designed to provide diverse, high-potential, early career attorneys with practical tools, like internal professional networks through relationship building skills, foundational leadership skills, and an understanding of career development strategies. It offers participants in-person meetings, online experiential learning, Compass Conversations with LCLD Fellows, program facilitators, and peer networking.

“Brooks Kushman is delighted to appoint both a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow and a new member for the Pathfinder Program,” said President Mark Cantor. “This is our fourth year being a part of LCLD, and we’re proud to participate in a program that not only encourages the professional growth of our attorneys through on-going development and leadership training, but also teaches our firm best practices and insights to promote diversity within Brooks Kushman, and our surrounding community.”

Dishman is a registered patent attorney with multiple years of experience in both patent prosecution and litigation, centered on the mechanical and electromechanical arts. This blend of experience has also made Dishman successful representing clients in post-grant proceedings, and he has served as counsel on behalf of petitioners and patent owners in many inter partes review proceedings.

Dishman holds 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. He was also recently recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2017 “Up & Coming Lawyer.”

Patel is a registered patent attorney, and focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of domestic patent applications in the chemical engineering and materials arts. She also has experience throughout the patent process providing reliable insight to clients regarding business-critical decisions such as whether to patent an inventive concept, whether they have freedom to operate, the validity of granted patents, and determining the state of the art and any white space in a specific technology market.

Isheeta holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from Ohio State University. She is also the President of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Michigan, and currently serves on the Board of Director’s for SABA North America.

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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