Four Bodman Attorneys Named 'Lawyer of the Year' by The Best Lawyers in America
Four Bodman PLC attorneys, Timothy R. Damschroder, Alan Nathan Harris, Susan M. Kornfield, and Dennis J. Levasseur, have been named “Lawyers of the Year” for 2014 in their areas of specialty by The Best Lawyers in America.
The Best Lawyers in America is the nation’s oldest attorney-rating publication and one of the most respected peer-review journals in the world. Being named “Lawyer of the Year” means an attorney has earned a high level of respect from other leading attorneys in the same community and practice areas. Only one attorney per practice area and community is given this prestigious accolade.
Damschroder has been named 2014 Ann Arbor Lawyer of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions Law. He is the managing partner of Bodman’s Ann Arbor office and chair of the firm’s Business Practice Group. He advises clients in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, general business, corporate governance, securities offerings, and tax. His primary value to clients is working to efficiently and effectively close transactions. He also specializes in dealing with hi-tech companies from startup, to transactions involving intellectual property, to venture capital financing, to eventual sale. Damschroder serves on the board of directors of the Washtenaw County United Way and the Washtenaw County Red Cross and is a member of Governor Snyder’s Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board.
Harris has been named 2014 Ann Arbor Lawyer of the Year for Patent Litigation. He is a member of Bodman’s Intellectual Property and Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups. He primarily assists clients in matters involving intellectual property law, including both dispute resolution and transactional work in the areas of copyright, trademark, technology transfer, trade secret, computer law, and Internet law. Harris is president of the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor. He founded the Pro Bono Legal Clinic of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan.
Kornfield has been named 2014 Ann Arbor Lawyer of the Year for Intellectual Property Litigation. She is a member of Bodman’s Intellectual Property and Workplace Law Practice Groups. She assists clients in intellectual property matters, including information systems acquisition, copyrights, trademarks, e-commerce, noncompete agreements, and other post-employment restrictions, and protection against economic espionage. She handles transactional and litigation matters and has been lead counsel in national intellectual property litigation. Kornfield is chair of Bodman’s Pro Bono Committee.
Levasseur has been named 2014 Detroit Lawyer of the Year for Banking & Finance Litigation. He is a member of Bodman’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health Care, and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. He practices intellectual property litigation, franchise/dealer litigation, complex commercial litigation, and securities litigation and arbitration, primarily for securities broker-dealers, in proceedings throughout the United States. He also practices in the area of trade secret protection and arbitration proceedings in state and federal courts. Levasseur is a founder of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and serves the Detroit Historical Society as the legal/government committee chair and on the executive board as the vice president for legal affairs. He is city attorney for the City of Grosse Pointe Park.