Brooks Kushman’s John LeRoy Named “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

John S. LeRoy, a shareholder with Brooks Kushman P.C., was recently named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. This year`s class included 10 lawyers who have practiced for 10 years or less and have distinguished themselves in the practice of law.

“It has been wonderful to see John advance and grow his practice in recent years and we look forward with excitement and anticipation to his future accomplishments,” said Mark Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “We have worked hard to create an environment that is conducive to growth and learning at Brooks Kushman. John`s latest accomplishment highlights the importance of fostering and nurturing our young talent.”

LeRoy was honored for his dedication to helping Michigan companies cultivate and leverage their intellectual property in a manner that more effectively increases their competitiveness in the national and international market. He was also recognized for his role in managing Brooks Kushman`s pro-bono program, voluntarily representing indigent clients who cannot afford the legal representation they deserve.
“I`m proud to be selected as an ‘Up & Coming` lawyer this year,” LeRoy said. “It is truly an honor to be recognized among my peers in the Michigan law community. I am grateful to have been afforded the many opportunities at Brooks Kushman to advance my skills and apply the knowledge I`ve gained to practical applications.”

LeRoy joined Brooks Kushman in 1999 and focuses his practice on patent litigation and appeals in the software, electrical and mechanical arts. Most notably, he was an integral member of the trial team representing a local inventor in a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft – a suit that resulted in a judgment of $140 million in favor of the inventor, which was later affirmed on appeal. This verdict is one of the largest affirmed patent judgments of its kind.

LeRoy earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo in New York.