Honigman Increases ‘Band 1’ Rankings to Five Practices in Michigan by Chambers USA

DETROIT, April 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Honigman LLP now has five practice groups with the highest ranking of Band 1 in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business, which is more than any other law firm in Michigan.

New this year, Chambers elevated Honigman’s Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice to Band 1. In all, the prestigious directory of leading U.S. business law firms and lawyers bestowed the highest Band 1 ranking on the following Honigman practices in Michigan:

  • Corporate/M&A
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Honigman continues to be the only law firm in Michigan to garner the top ranking of Band 1 in three practice areas, including Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate.

Chambers USA reported that Honigman’s Band 1 Corporate/M&A practice is known for its “standout bench of corporate attorneys handling high-value sales and acquisitions for a range of prominent domestic companies.” It was also noted that Honigman has a “vibrant private equity practice” and offers “further expertise in venture capital work” and is “well placed to advise on securities issuances and matters of corporate governance.” A client stated that Honigman is “not just an automotive industry powerhouse, but can handle the breadth of issues arising at a global publicly traded company.”

For Honigman’s Band 1 Intellectual Property practice, Chambers USA reported the team is known as a “market-leading practice offering the full range of copyright, patent and trademark services” with “particular expertise regarding IP issues in the life sciences and high-tech sectors.”  It was also noted that Honigman “acts for an impressive list of clients, including numerous household-name brands.” A client praised the team as “the best group I’ve worked with – I’d recommend them to anyone.”

For Honigman’s Band 1 Litigation: General Commercial practice, Chambers USA stated Honigman is known as an “outstanding criminal and civil litigation practice with broad-ranging expertise across several significant industries, including automotive, consumer products and healthcare.”  It was also noted that “the team has a broad range of expertise, acting for clients on class actions, IP, private equity and securities litigation, both in the first instance and at the appellate level.”

The survey also reported that Honigman’s Band 1 Real Estate practice is “stellar” and “known for the depth of its expertise across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including complex development financings for commercial and residential properties.” It noted that Honigman “acts for clients in the environmental, hospitality, retail and affordable housing sectors, among others.”

For the newly-elevated Band 1 Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice, Chambers reported that Honigman is known as a “highly regarded team consistently highlighted as a leading player in the Michigan bankruptcy arena. Especially noted for representing debtor companies from the automotive and manufacturing industries.”

On the individual level, 21 Honigman attorneys in Michigan and Illinois were recognized.

Eminent Practitioner was earned by:

  • David Foltyn (Corporate/M&A)

Band rankings were earned by:  

  • Joseph Aviv (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • Sean F. Crotty (Labor & Employment)
  • Michael D. DuBay (Corporate/M&A)
  • Raymond W. Henney (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • J. Michael Huget (Intellectual Property)
  • Barbara A. Kaye (Corporate/M&A)
  • Anessa Owen Kramer (Intellectual Property)
  • Donald J. Kunz (Corporate/M&A)
  • Tracy T. Larsen (Corporate/M&A)
  • Paula E. Litt (Insurance: Dispute Resolution)
  • Charles Nida (Chambers High Net Worth)
  • Jonathan P. O’Brien (Intellectual Property)
  • David N. Parsigian (Corporate/M&A)
  • J. Adam Rothstein (Real Estate)
  • E. Todd Sable (Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy)
  • Lowell D. Salesin (Real Estate)
  • Joseph R. Sgroi (Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy)
  • Phillip D. Torrence (Corporate/M&A)
  • Steven A. Weiss (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • I.W. Winsten (Litigation: General Commercial)

Chambers rankings are determined through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. The results, which are based on a range of professional qualities, are independently audited by Chambers USA.

About Honigman

Honigman LLP is a business law firm with more than 60 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit, the firm has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, Michigan.


Susan Waun
Communications Manager – Honigman LLP

Brooks Kushman Secures Biggest Trademark Verdict in Michigan History for 5-Hour Energy

A team of Brooks Kushman trial attorneys secured a multi-million-dollar jury verdict for trademark infringement in favor of Innovation Ventures LLC, the makers of 5-hour Energy® shots, against N.V.E., Inc. of New Jersey. The verdict included an award of $10.6 million in damages for N.V.E.’s manufacture and sale of an infringing product named “6 Hour Power.” The jury also awarded an additional $11.5 million for disgorgement of profits N.V.E. made on the infringing products, subject to further review by the Court. The jury fully rejected the claims brought by N.V.E. which included a $60 million false advertising claim. The verdict is believed to be the largest trademark verdict ever rendered in Michigan.
The four-week trial was held in the Eastern District of Michigan. “This trial was long and heavily contested,” said Marc Lorelli, trial counsel for Innovation Ventures. “More than 20 witnesses testified and it was important to keep focused on the issues the jury had to decide. As with most trials, credibility was a deciding factor.”
The trial was part of a lengthy lawsuit, which began in 2008. All claims of both parties were originally dismissed by the U.S. District Court. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of many of N.V.E.’s claims, but reinstated Innovation Ventures’ trademark infringement claim as well as a claim brought by N.V.E. for false advertising. Once back in the District Court, the lawsuit was overshadowed by the death in early 2015 of its original judge, the Honorable Lawrence Paul Zatkoff. The case was further delayed when Judge Zatkoff’s successor on the case, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Berg, was shot a few months later as he fended off an attempted home invasion.
“This lawsuit had a number of twists and turns and it required a lot of 5-Hour Energy shots to get us through the past eight years, but we finally achieved a resounding victory,” said trial counsel Mark A. Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “This was a case of an infringing company trying to confuse customers into buying its product, and the jury applied the law correctly in Innovation Ventures’ favor.”
Innovation Ventures was represented by Brooks Kushman attorneys Mark A. Cantor, Marc Lorelli, Tom Cunningham, Chanille Carswell and Brian Doughty.
N.V.E. was represented by Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, 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, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.