The Dobrusin Law Firm - Intellectual Property

Strategic Intellectual Property Law

Category: Staff Spotlight

Six Lawyers From The Dobrusin Law Firm Rated 2023 Top Lawyers by DBusiness

We are proud to announce that six of our lawyers at The Dobrusin Law Firm are among DBusiness’ 2023 Top Lawyers and leaders in intellectual property, patent law, trade secrets, and copyright law.

The following attorneys are honored in the November/December edition of DBusiness magazine:

Our attorneys are honored to receive this recognition based on peer ratings of their fellow attorneys. Please join us in congratulating them on this achievement.

The Dobrusin Law Firm Among “Best Law Firms” in Copyright Law and Patent Law for 2023

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released their 2023 list of the Best Law Firms in America. The Dobrusin Law Firm has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking – the highest ranking in the region – for our copyright law and patent law practices!

This recognition is extremely meaningful for us, as it is a reflection of the impact we have on our colleagues, peers, and clients. For each annual edition of Best Law Firms, the publishers scrutinize client and lawyer submissions, peer reviews from leading attorneys in relevant practice areas, and additional information provided directly by the law firms.

Earlier this year, shareholders Eric DobrusinKristen Pursley, and Rebecca Wilson were included on the 2023 list of the Best Lawyers in America© and Katherine PacynskiPaul Palinski, and Daniela Walters, and Bryan Lemanski were named to the 2023 list of Best Lawyers: Ones to WatchRead more.

Erin Klug and Kristen Pursley Attend First Annual WLAM Leadership Retreat

Erin Klug, current president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM), recently led the organization’s first annual leadership retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort. WLAM leaders from the U.P. to Detroit and everywhere in between, including WLAM Past President and current WLAM Foundation President Kristen Pursley, convened for the retreat.

The weekend included conducting Board business, participating in lively discussions, networking, small-group sessions, wellness activities, and small-group breakout conversations. Furthering the theme selected by Erin for the current term – the Power of the Pack – the group also discussed the book Huddle by Brooke Baldwin, brainstorming how to unlock the collective power as a wolfpack.

The changing fall scenery provided a perfect backdrop for this invigorating event.

Seven Lawyers at The Dobrusin Law Firm Listed in 2023 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues who were recognized in 2023 The Best Lawyers in America and 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America.

2023 The Best Lawyers in America:

2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America:

These are particularly impactful designations, as they were based on a tried and tested peer-review process that has remained consistent for more than 30 years. The core mission of Best Lawyers is to highlight the top legal talent in the country.

Eight Attorneys Named to 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Eight Attorneys Named to 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

At the Dobrusin Law Firm, we have always believed that our forward-thinking attorneys set a strong foundation for our widely-respected intellectual property practice. We are proud to announce that eight of our attorneys have been named to the 2022 Super Lawyers and 2022 Rising Stars lists.

What is Super Lawyers?

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Their selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

The following attorneys at our firm have been named to Super Lawyers for 2022:

Our Future is Bright

Super Lawyers also recognizes rising stars in the legal industry. The following attorneys at our firm have been named to Rising Stars for 2022:

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Becky Ballard as an “Unsung Legal Hero” for 2021

We are delighted to share that legal administrative assistant Becky Ballard has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2021 class of “Unsung Legal Heroes.”

The Unsung Legal Hero award honors law firm employees who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes. The honor is reserved for the most talented and dedicated legal support professionals in the state.

Shareholder Katie Pacynski wrote this in support of Becky’s nomination:

No one works harder than Becky. She has been my assistant for many years, and I continue to be impressed by her absolute dedication while she balances tremendous family demands.

Becky knows my docket like the back of her hand, and she is on top of everything. She anticipates my requests, has all necessary paperwork completed before I even have to ask, and seeks to understand WHY we do things. Becky has strong attention to detail and does whatever is needed without complaint. She not only has to deal with me (a person who, admittedly, has unreasonably high expectations), but she also supports Paul Palinski, one of our busiest attorneys.

COVID has been especially difficult for Becky. She has five children (the youngest still in elementary school) and four grandchildren, many of whom live with her, and she regularly helps her brother, a single father with full custody of his nine children. 

I cannot think of someone more deserving than Becky to be recognized for all she does.

A ten-year veteran of The Dobrusin Law Firm, Becky is an essential part of what we do and a valued member of our family. Congratulations, Becky!

Q & A with Dobrusin’s Summer Interns: Meet Claire Pearce

Our Summer Intern Spotlight series features brief interviews with students who have been learning about intellectual property law and the work we do for the firm’s clients.


Hi Claire Pearce! Where are you in school?

A: I’m a rising junior at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Do you have a favorite subject?

A: I took Applied Ethics in Fall 2020, which was great – we covered a lot of “hot-button” topics and were able to have discussions using our own opinions along with current and past articles.

What is your interest in IP?

A: I am very interested in the protection of people’s ideas/images/words – specifically with an interest in trademarks and copyrights.

What do you hope to learn with us this summer?

A: I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the trademark and copyright side of IP Law. I am also hoping to gain even more insight into the path to law school and beyond.

What have you learned so far?

A: I’ve learned a lot so far this summer. I have gotten to see, edit, and work on patent applications as well as do trademark searches for active clients. The trademark search was the most interesting to me because it showed how complicated and thorough the search process needs to be to ensure a unique design.

What are your hobbies?

A: I have been dancing for 18 years and continue to do so at Davidson. In addition to dancing, I love spending time with my family up in Northern Wisconsin over the summer.

Do you participate in any extracurricular activities?

A: I am the Company Manager for Davidson’s Gamut Dance Company and Resident Advisor in the sophomore dorm. I’m the Publicity Chair and Event Planner for the Pre-Law Society, and member and Formal Chair for Warner Hall Eating House (like a sorority).

Anything else you’d like to share?

A: Criminal Minds is my favorite TV show to binge. I have one cat and one dog (Cinnamon and Libby). I’ll be taking a class this coming year called “Schooling Pandemics”, which should be an interesting reflection of the last year and a half!

Q & A with Dobrusin’s Summer Interns: Meet Michelle Hudson

Our Summer Intern Spotlight series features brief interviews with students who have been learning about intellectual property law and the work we do for the firm’s clients.


Hey, Michelle Hudson! Where are you in school?

A: I graduated this spring from Grand Valley State University with my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. This fall I will begin law school at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Do you have a favorite subject?

A: My favorite subject is microbiology! My favorite class in that department was Medical Bacteriology w/ Lab.

What is your interest in IP?

A: Intellectual property interests me because it combines science and law.

What do you hope to learn with us this summer?

A: I hope to continue learning about this field! More specifically, I want to get more practice with patent searches.

What have you learned so far?

A: I learned the parts of a patent as well as how to proof one. I have also been able to look at office actions and observed how the attorneys approach responding to them.

What are your hobbies?

A: In my free time, I enjoy reading, bike riding, and shopping.

Do you participate in any extracurricular activities?

A: During my undergrad, I was a member of the sorority Alpha Sigma Tau. I served as an executive member of our College Panhellenic Council for two years. I was also a staff member of our Chemistry Lab and was a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) for organic chemistry labs.

Q & A with Dobrusin’s Summer Interns: Meet Blake Salesin

Our Summer Intern Spotlight series features brief interviews with students who have been learning about intellectual property law and the work we do for the firm’s clients.


Hi Blake Salesin! Where are you in school? Do you have a favorite subject?

A: I’m a rising sophomore at Boston College. I really enjoy International Politics.

What is your interest in intellectual property?

A: IP can be protected internationally and provides businesses with the right to their own ideas and products.

What do you hope to learn with us this summer?

A: I hope to learn more about how Dobrusin protects the patents of its clients from any infringement, domestic or international.

What have you learned so far?

A: I have learned so much! The first day I received a crash course on all things IP and from there on have focused on different aspects of IP law. Many of the information and skills I have learned have been acquired through hands-on work, including filing certificates of correction, proofing patents, and labeling patent drawings.

What are your hobbies?

A: My hobbies include ice hockey, writing, and running.

Do you participate in any extracurricular activities?

A: I am a member of the opinions section at The Gavel, a news publication on Boston College’s campus. As an avid ice hockey player, I teach at the Detroit Skating Club. Additionally,  I am a graduate of Junior Leadership Oakland XI.

Anything else you would like to share?

A: I have a Golden Retriever named Gus and I am looking forward to having a great summer working at The Dobrusin Law Firm!

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