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Dan Aleksynas Sworn in as Vice-Chair of State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section

We are proud to announce that shareholder Dan Aleksynas is the new Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Dan’s leadership in the IP Law Section underscores his commitment to continuously seeking insights and information that benefit his clients in the areas of patent, trademark, and copyright laws. We look forward to supporting him and the 2019-2020 Officers and Council in their mission to promote the legal education of members of the Bar.

In addition to his leadership in the IP Law Section, Dan is an active member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, and he serves as Co-Chair of the Michigan Pro Bono Patent Project Steering Committee, a partnership program between the State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Committee and the Intellectual  Property Law Section.  The program seeks to match qualifying inventors, volunteer attorneys, and patent professionals.

Please join us in congratulating Dan on his new role!

Dobrusin Law Firm Recognized as One of Detroit’s 100 Cool Places to Work

We are delighted to announce that Crain’s Detroit Business named the Dobrusin Law Firm one of the Detroit area’s 100 Cool Places to Work. The firm is honored to be recognized and is humbled to know that employee feedback played a heavy role in Dobrusin’s appearance on the list. A casual working environment, support of professional business development, opportunities to contribute to the community, encouragement to take on leadership roles in various organizations, and flexibility to work remotely are noted as just a few of the stand-out demonstrations of the culture that makes Dobrusin an exceptional employer.

Celebrating the firm’s 20th anniversary year, Dobrusin founding partner Eric Dobrusin reflected on his original vision for the firm’s culture and how he sees it reflected today. “I am very proud of this accomplishment. It has taken many years, a lot of trial and error, and the energy and creativity of all team members to define our working environment. It is gratifying to learn our team has valued these efforts and embraces the cultural values of the law firm,” said Eric.

The firm shares its pride with 99 other outstanding “Cool Places” in the Detroit area, each demonstrating cultures and initiatives that encourage us to do and be even better. Thank you for your shared commitments to making the Detroit area a place that attracts employees that push us to the highest levels of coolness!

The Crain’s Detroit criteria for inclusion is determined based on information about the nominees’ benefits and policies and feedback provided by employees about workplace culture, company leadership, and other aspects of the nominees’ work environments.


The Dobrusin Law Firm congratulates Eric Dobrusin, Daniel Aleksynas, and Kristen Pursley on their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©. The honor reflects the exceptional legal representation they provide our clients every day.

Eric Dobrusin, a founder and shareholder of the firm, has more than thirty years of experience in intellectual property law. He focuses his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the fields of materials science, biomedical technologies, and automotive technologies. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers® each year since 2007.

Daniel Aleksynas, also a shareholder, prosecutes domestic patent applications before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office as well as applications filed internationally, with an emphasis on automotive technologies and medical devices. He initially appeared in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 edition.

Kristen Pursley is the Firm’s managing shareholder and represents tier-one automotive suppliers, medical diagnostic and device manufacturers, and consumer product and packaging producers in intellectual property matters. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© annually since 2016.

Please join us in congratulating Eric, Dan, and Kristen for their Best Lawyers® honors!


Daniela Walters Receives Main Street Oakland County’s 2019 Community Influencer Award

A proud business in the heart of Pontiac, the Dobrusin Law Firm is delighted to recognize shareholder Daniela Walters who recently received the Community Influencer Award at Main Street Oakland County’s annual awards celebration. Daniela and 14 other businesses and individuals received accolades for their efforts to preserve and energize their business and civic communities.

Daniela was honored with this award for her contributions to the City of Pontiac and Oakland County.  She is a co-founder and President of Main Street Pontiac which is a 501c3 non-profit advocating for and fostering a vibrant, safe, and historic downtown Pontiac.  She has worked with her fellow board members on creating grant programs in downtown, such as the Façade grant program to provide funding resources to renovate historic buildings; collaborative clean-up efforts throughout the year; community-friendly programming such the Phoenix Races and Hauntiac; and continuing already existing programs such as Canvas Pontiac.  She also plays an active role in Flagstar Bank’s Pontiac’s Big Idea Grant Program which provides Pontiac-based small businesses with $10,000 grants to either establish or expand.

“I know of no volunteer community leader more deserving of this honor than Daniela,” says Eric Dobrusin of The Dobrusin Law Firm. “Daniela has poured her heart and soul, working tirelessly, and often anonymously, into most nights, toward improving downtown Pontiac and the lives of its residents and workers.”

Main Street Oakland County held its inaugural awards event in 2004 to recognize businesses and individuals impacting the areas of design, economic restructuring, organization, and promotion. This year’s gala, themed “Main Street Radio Hour,” recognized accomplishments in multiple categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Chris Halas, Farmington
  • Local Leader of the Year: Angela Lemon, Holly
  • Board Member of the Year: Valerie Glander, Clawson
  • Business Owner of the Year: Andy Gilbert, Berkley
  • Celebrating Main Street: Hauntiac, Pontiac
  • On a Shoestring: Downtown Placemaking Pedestrian Alley, Ferndale
  • Out in the Open: Flint Street Alleyway, Lake Orion
  • Telling Your Story: E-Newsletters, Lake Orion
  • Game Changer: Downtown Shopping Bags, Berkley
  • Game Changer: Witches Night Out, Ortonville
  • Preservation Action: Vince Iafano and Cari Cucksey
  • Community Influencer: Daniela Walters, Dobrusin and Pamela Hansen and Elina Costello, Franklin
  • Program on the Rise: Lathrup Village

The event was sponsored by ITC, A Fortis Company; SMART; Genisys Credit Union; the Oakland County Business Finance Corp.; McLaren Oakland; The Dobrusin Law Firm; and Turner Restoration. To learn more, please visit Main Street Oakland County.

Dobrusin Law Firm Is Gearing Up for the 2019 Phoenix Derby Races!

In a race day that is as much about inspiring future science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) students as they are about which gravity cars cross the finish line first, The Dobrusin Law Firm is proud to serve as Presenting Sponsor for the 2nd Annual Phoenix Derby Races organized by Main Street Pontiac.

During the August 2 event, we’ll also be cheering for “Team Dobrusin” as they race their derby cars to celebrate the firm’s 20th-anniversary during the evening’s adult bracket. We are excited to see our teams race toward the checkered flag against our downtown neighbors with a little friendly competition!  Shareholder, Daniela Walters, and Community Outreach Coordinator, Marijayne Renny are driving forces behind the event, both as representatives of the firm and board members of Main Street Pontiac.

The Phoenix Derby Races are designed to cultivate fun and encourage mentoring relationships between STEAM professionals and middle and high school-aged kids who are curious about future careers in STEAM fields. The day-long event pairs teams of three to four students with two adults who work as engineers, tradesmen, or other STEAM-focused professionals, with each team creating a wooden gravity-powered car to race down Wayne and West Lawrence Streets (closed to traffic throughout the day).  After the student races in the afternoon, the evening provides an opportunity for local downtown businesses to race against each other in their own custom derby cars, providing an evening of networking and comradery for local professionals.

The race is made possible through significant involvement from our community neighbors and partners.  In addition to The Dobrusin Law Firm, sponsors and partners include General Motors Pontiac Engineering Center, DASI Solutions, M1 Concourse, Genisys Credit Union,  Alley Cat Café, Marriott of Auburn Hills and Pontiac, the City of Pontiac, Pontiac Regional Chamber, Harmony Healing, STAR EMS, Honor Community Health, and LocalHop.

To end the student races, Main Street Pontiac, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with the City of Pontiac government, Oakland County Economic Development, and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association, will award three $1,000 scholarships to students intent on pursuing post-secondary educations in STEAM fields.

Join us for our highly anticipated watch party, where in addition to supporting Team Dobrusin, we’ll also be celebrating the firm’s 20th anniversary! To learn more about the event or to serve as a volunteer, click here.

Katherine Pacynski Graduates from Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program

We congratulate Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Katherine Pacynski on graduating from Leadership Oakland’s select leadership development program, Cornerstone. Through a series of monthly day-long sessions led by subject matter experts and a day of service to end the term, Cornerstone focuses on informing and preparing southeast Michigan’s emerging leaders, a nine-month program Katie recently completed.

As a member of Leadership Oakland’s Class XXIX, Katie gained insight into topics impacting neighboring cities and counties. From government and the justice system to healthcare and education, the program offered perspectives about Southeast Michigan’s interconnected economic, civic, and municipal communities.

“I have enjoyed watching Katie blossom professionally, from a timid law clerk to her role as a community leader, full-time working parent, and shareholder of our Firm,” said Dobrusin Law Firm Founding Shareholder Eric Dobrusin. “The Leadership Oakland Cornerstone program has proven a successful training ground for law firm shareholders Kristen Pursley and Dan Aleksynas, and it will be fun to see how Katie puts her skills to new use.”

The Dobrusin Law Firm was also proud to sponsor the Leadership Oakland Day of Service for Class XXIX.  Throughout the year, the class raised funds for and coordinated the purchase of two swing sets, a playscape, and a chicken coop and chicken run for the House of Providence Holly campus.  In May, the members of the class worked together to build the playground and chicken run, giving the boys at House of Providence, many of whom have suffered unimaginable abuse, a place to play and learn.

Originating in 1990, the Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program’s goal is to identify leaders and provide them with a network of colleagues, a deep understanding of the region’s challenges, and an opportunity to bring value to their own organizations, creating new levels of leadership. For information about Leadership Oakland or to apply to the Cornerstone program, please visit

Eric Dobrusin Concludes His Term as MIPAIC President Following an Impressive Year

Established in 2012, the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (MIPAIC) is a society of judges, lawyers, legal educators, law students, and others who seek to promote excellence in the advocacy of intellectual property. Consistent with other members of the Linn Inn Alliance, MIPAIC is committed to education, collegiality, and the highest ethical values.

After sitting on the executive committee for the previous four years, Dobrusin Law Firm founder Eric Dobrusin served as MIPAIC’s president for the 2018-2019 term, spearheading noteworthy accomplishments during his time in office.

Although a relatively young organization compared to other Inns of Court in the United States, with Eric’s guidance, MIPAIC maintained Platinum Level Recognition, the highest honor in the American Inns of Court Achieving Excellence Program, in recognition of superior administration, communications, programs, mentoring, and outreach.

During his presidency, Eric placed great emphasis on mentorship and networking among members of the MIPAIC. Through his direction and encouragement, the members participated in events such as “Speed Mentoring” and a Quiz Bowl evening to allow pupillage teams to learn more about each other. Under his leadership, pupillage teams were also inspired to participate in community service activities, such as volunteering at Gleaners Community Food Bank. Additionally, as part of its community service outreach efforts, MIPAIC proudly supported the Arthritis Foundation, placing sixth among fundraising teams for the 2018 Detroit Jingle Bell Run last December. In the educational area, the Inn hosted the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office at a well-attended Copyright Legal Forum at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in February 2019.

We congratulate Eric on his successful leadership of MIPAIC over the past year and thank him and his fellow board members, including Dobrusin Law Firm managing shareholder Kristen Pursley, for stewarding the organization to national recognition.

Katherine Pacynski Sworn in as President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association

We are delighted to announce that shareholder Katherine Pacynski is the new President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association (the Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan)! Katie, who previously served as Vice President, and her fellow incoming officers (pictured above) were sworn in during the organization’s recent annual dinner celebrating a year of accomplishments by the 2018-2019 board.

In conjunction with her new role, Katie represented the WBA at the State Bar of Michigan’s annual Bar Leadership Forum. The two-day program offered networking and educational opportunities to leaders of local and special-purpose bar associations across the state as well as State Bar section leaders.

Katie’s involvement in the WBA is another example of her dedication to the legal professional and the local business community. She is also active in the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court and is a graduate of Leadership Oakland. In 2018, Katie was named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40.

The firm is proud of Katie’s accomplishments, and we look forward to supporting her and the WBA in its mission to secure the rights of women in society, advance the interests of women in the law, and promote equality and social justice for all people.

Please join us in congratulating Katie!

Dobrusin Law Firm Announces Recipient of Its First Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholarship

Recognizing the importance of elevating women in the law, the Dobrusin Law Firm, PC is pleased to announce our sponsorship and support of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation’s (WLAMF) annual scholarship program. This marks the inaugural year the firm has participated in the program, and it’s an honor to name Tanya Elzy as the first recipient of the WLAMF Dobrusin Law Firm scholarship.

“We could not be more impressed by Tanya’s academic career, community advocacy, and efforts to empower women. She also distinguishes herself by her passion toward the law, entrepreneurship, and the desire to ultimately give back to the Pontiac community.” said Eric Dobrusin, Founding Shareholder at Dobrusin Law Firm (located in Pontiac).  “She certainly sets the bar high for future applicants.”

Hailing from Pontiac, Michigan, Tanya is the first college graduate in her family – an academic goal she has tackled boldly and successfully.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Cornerstone University, she earned her master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University in 2016.  Tanya is on track to graduate from Cooley Law School in 2021. She currently serves as Vice President for the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) at the Auburn Hills campus of Cooley Law school and was a Mock Trial finalist during her first year of Law school.

The Dobrusin Law Firm, alongside 11 other law firms and professional organizations, partnered together to sponsor the WLAMF annual scholarship program, which this year awarded an impressive $42,000 in scholarship money to Michigan’s brightest women law students. “Our organization’s responsibility to women and inclusion in the legal field is not a problem to be solved, but rather it’s an opportunity to be seized,” said Kristen Pursley, WLAMF President and Shareholder at the Dobrusin Law Firm. “Tanya and the other 11 awardees certainly demonstrate that they know how to seize every opportunity in order to excel.”  In addition to their superior academic performance at Michigan law schools, all recipients demonstrate leadership and advance performance in important areas of the law, including STEM, social justice, equality, child advocacy, and domestic violence.

Since 1997, the WLAM Foundation has awarded more than $610,500 to 252 women law students.

For more information or to see a list of all recipients and sponsors, please click here or visit the Foundation’s website.

WLAMF Law Student Scholarships

The Dobrusin Law Firm Proudly Supports Double Dog Dare Challenge Benefitting Leader Dogs for the Blind

The Dobrusin Law Firm proudly supported the “Double Dog Dare” challenge benefitting Leader Dogs for the Blind on September 22, 2018. 

The Double Dog Dare sent participants over the edge of the Oakland Towne Center in downtown Pontiac, Michigan, safely rappelling 15 stories down the side of the building. Not only was it a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but also raised money for Leader Dog and its ongoing mission to provide programs and services at no cost to clients.  

According to founder and shareholder Eric Dobrusin, who also volunteers at Leader Dog in his spare time, “Sponsoring this event and our involvement with Leader Dog meant a great deal to the firm. We are pleased to play a role in giving people who are blind or low vision the opportunity to experience the freedom, safety, and companionship of partnership with a dog.”  

Leader Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog training school located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It was founded in 1939 by Lions Club members Charles Nutting, Don Schuur, and S.A. Dodge as the second guide dog school in the United States. Since then, Leader Dog has paired over 14,000 dogs with the visually impaired worldwide, making it one of the largest organizations of its kind. 

Dobrusin Attorneys Named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 

The Dobrusin Law Firm, PC, Michigan’s leading intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that Eric Dobrusin has been included on the 2018 list of Michigan Super Lawyers and Daniel Aleksynas, Paul Palinski, Kristen Pursley, and Daniela Walters have been named to the list of Rising Stars for 2018. This is a repeat honor for all five attorneys.  

  • Eric concentrates his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the fields of materials science (including plastics, ceramics, metals and electronic materials), biomedical technologies, and automotive technologies.  
  • Daniel represents a broad range of clients from startup companies that are beginning to develop their intellectual property to companies that have well-established portfolios. 
  • Paul concentrates his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the mechanical, electromechanical, and biomedical technologies.  
  • Kristen represents clients who are tier-one suppliers for the automotive industry, medical diagnostic and device manufacturers, and consumer product and packaging producers. 
  • Daniela is a patent attorney, who prior to practicing law and joining the Firm, was an engineer in the automotive industry. 

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named Super Lawyers, while only two and a half percent are named Rising Stars.  

Selections for this list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters. The multi-phase selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, and a peer review.  

Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America©

The Dobrusin Law Firm is pleased to announce that Eric DobrusinDan Aleksynas, and Kristen Pursley have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. 

Mr. Dobrusin, a founder and shareholder of the firm, has more than twenty-five years of experience in intellectual property law. He focuses his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the fields of materials science, biomedical technologies, and automotive technologies. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers each year since 2007. 

Mr. Aleksynas, also a shareholder, prosecutes domestic patent applications before the U.S. Patent & Trademark as well as applications filed internationally, with an emphasis on automotive technologies and medical devices. He initially appeared in the Best Lawyers 2017 edition. 

Ms. Pursley is the firm’s managing shareholder and represents tier-one automotive suppliers, medical diagnostic and device manufacturers, and consumer product and packaging producers in intellectual property matters. She has been included on the Best Lawyers list annually since 2016. 

The three attorneys are also the co-authors (along with Ronald Krasnow) of Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy & Compliance, published Lexis-Nexis/Matthew Bender.  

Congratulations Eric, Dan, and Kristen! 


Pontiac, MI – The Dobrusin Law Firm, PC, Michigan’s leading intellectual property law firm announced the appointment of Katherine M. Pacynski and Paul J. Palinski to firm shareholders.  Dr. Terry Finerman has also been promoted to Senior Counsel.

“We are thrilled that Katie, Paul and Terry have stepped into these important roles on our team,” said Kristen L. Pursley, shareholder, The Dobrusin Law Firm.  “Their dedication to our clients and invaluable expertise have been an important factor in the growth of our firm.”

The attorneys of The Dobrusin Law Firm, PC, provide strategic counsel in intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition.  The Dobrusin Law Firm is a boutique intellectual property law firm, and works with Fortune 500, mid-size manufacturing firms, and start-up technology companies, which seek to accelerate business value through technology. The firm is located in a historic building in downtown Pontiac, Michigan

About Katherine Pacynski
Ms. Pacynski’s law practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, filed in the U.S. and internationally, for a variety of technologies, with a number of clients involved in the chemical arts and the automotive industry.  Ms. Pacynski is the Recording Secretary of the Women’s Bar Association, a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, and a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She is a resident of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

About Paul Palinski
Mr. Palinksi concentrates his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the mechanical, electromechanical, and biomedical technologies. He represents a broad list of clients ranging from multi-national companies to individual inventors. Mr. Palinski is a resident of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

About Mr. Finerman
Dr. Finerman joined The Dobrusin Law Firm in 2006 as a Staff Scientist. As a Registered Patent Attorney, he is currently preparing and processing patent applications, primarily in materials science, polymers science, chemistry and related fields, as well as assisting in other intellectual property research matters. Mr. Finerman is a resident of Rochester, Michigan.


Law firm recognized for efforts to improve downtown Pontiac

Practicing intellectual property law for more than 13 years in Pontiac, The Dobrusin Law Firm recently was recognized for its commitment to improving the city’s downtown community.

The City of Pontiac, Downtown Pontiac Business Association, and Main Street Pontiac recently presented The Dobrusin Law Firm with their Partner Award at the Pontiac Community Awards dinner, honoring its dedication to improving the downtown community. The Partner Award honors those companies in or around Pontiac that leverage their time and resources to improve the community. The Dobrusin Law Firm was selected for the Partner Award not only for continuously and reliably sponsoring a number of events over the years, but also for supporting active involvement of their employees in a myriad of organizations within the community.

“As our firm is one the ‘pioneers’ which has made Pontiac our home for many years, we are very proud to receive this meaningful award,” said founding shareholder Eric Dobrusin. “I am extremely proud of our team for receiving this award and for their many community efforts and achievements.”

An example of their involvement includes the recent election of attorney Daniela Walters, to president of Main Street Pontiac, a soon-to-be granted 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that works with the City of Pontiac government, Oakland County Economic Development, and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association.

Additionally, Eric Dobrusin, was honored by the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition with its Community Courage Award for his work to positively impact the city, including with the Oakland University / Pontiac Initiative Early Childhood Group. Presented at its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon, the award was presented to Dobrusin by a coalition of Oakland County individuals, community groups, businesses, politicians and clergy who have come together to strengthen the Pontiac community.

The Dobrusin Law Firm is a boutique intellectual property law firm, and works with Fortune 500, mid-size manufacturing firms, and start-up technology companies, which seek to accelerate business value through technology.



Aleksynas, Pursley Recently Honored

  1. Dan Aleksynas was one of 30 attorneys named as an Up & Coming Lawyer 2017 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. For more information, click here
  2. Kristen Pursley was recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business as part of the Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan 2017. For more information, click here

Dobrusin Law Firm sponsors day of-service for humble design

The Dobrusin Law Firm was proud to sponsor a Day of Service with Humble Design on October 20, 2017. Dobrusin employees teamed up with members of the Women’s Bar Association to clean, furnish, and decorate a home for a family. It was a great day for a very worthy cause!

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