(231) 735-1237



Intellectual Property Attorney with broad corporate and technology development experience, and a penchant for comprehensive problem solving. Particular expertise in:

*Trademarks, Domain Names         *Licensing/Contracts            *Technology Development &                 *Copyrights                                          *Software                                  Funding                            *Patents                                                *eCommerce                          *Corporate Policies & Procedures



PRIVATE PRACTICE                                                                                                                          2003-Present

Corporate Counsel and Intellectual Property Manager for a variety of businesses. Technology-related Arbitration and Mediation.  Special Counsel for IP litigation.

*Expert in domain name disputes, trademark rights.

*Software development; high-tech start-ups.

*Conducted International joint venture license Mediation.

*Routinely negotiate IP licenses.

*Routinely establish client policies and procedures pertaining to protection of trademarks,     copyrights, patents and trade secrets.


GENERAL COUNSEL                                                                                                                               2001-2002

Responsible for all of the legal affairs of Wise Solutions, Inc., a software company with a broad trademark, copyright and patent portfolio, and global customers, licensees, partners and employees.

*Established international distributorships.

*Negotiated and drafted major partnership agreements.

*Established contract bank including software licenses and employee agreements.

*Chaired Patent Committee. Established Corporate Intellectual Property Policies and

Procedures. Conducted related training.


PRIVATE PRACTICE                                                                                                                                19912001

Corporate Counsel and Intellectual Property Manager for a variety of businesses. Specialized in technology transfer and joint development agreements.

*IP Counsel to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Biotechnology   Institute and other technology incubators.

*High-tech start-ups; University spin-offs.

*Due Diligence in support of mergers, acquisitions, equity financing.

*Intellectual Asset Management; patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets.


GENERAL COUNSEL, Manager Contracts Department                                                        1990-1991

Responsible for the computer and aerospace contracts, trademarks, copyrights, patents, licenses, agreements and general corporate legal matters for KMS Fusion, Inc., a research and defense contracting company.

*Negotiated and drafted major technology transfer and teaming agreements.

*Restored all existing contracts to full compliance levels on technical, financial and

contractual requirements.

*Established archive of master agreements.

*Chaired Patent Committee. Established Corporate Intellectual Property Policies and

Procedures. Conducted related training.


ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL                                                                                          1988-1990                          

Responsible for all intellectual property matters, contract and license negotiations and managing outside litigation counsel for General Dynamics Land Systems, a manufacturer of armored vehicles.

*Structured spin-off semiconductor development company.

*Established Patent Committee, and Inventor Incentive program. Established Corporate   Intellectual Property Policies and Procedures. Conducted related training.

*Counsel on Executive Board project to overhaul use of $30 million in discretionary/new

business funds; drafted corporation-wide policy reforms.

*Directed corporate Due Diligence team for acquisition of research and development



ASSISTANT STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE (CAPTAIN)                                                           1984-1987


UNITED STATES ARMY, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey                                        


Responsible for legal support for computer software, hardware, maintenance and support procurements, including litigation and intellectual property. Also responsible for base construction contracts. Part-time magistrate for probable cause determinations.

*Orchestrated command-wide response to first automatic data processing protest against the


*Constructed and trained interdisciplinary legal team to handle multi-million dollar computer


*Identified pattern of procurement fraud in local construction industry.



Juris Doctor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1983

Bachelor of Arts, Education, University of Michigan, 1979

Founder and Principal of

World Intellectual Property Organization Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator, Advanced Training

Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre

CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator

American Arbitration Association Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator, Advanced Training completed

National Arbitration Forum Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator, Advanced Training

Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel, Library of Congress

Financial Industry Regulatory Agency, Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator

National Center for Dispute Settlement

Former eResolution Arbitrator

Advanced Training for Certification in Mediation through the University of Michigan Institute

for Continuing Legal Education

Mediator/Case Evaluator on Michigan District, Circuit and Federal Court Panels

Hearing Officer for the City of Traverse City, and the Ripoff Report


Michigan Bar, Past Chairperson of the Information Technology Law Section

Washington, D.C. Bar

Conflict Resolution Services, Inc.: Board of Directors for several years, ADR Coach

National Contract Management Association: Area Board of Directors for several years

Founder, The Association for Objective Law

SCORE Small Business Counselor