Four Ann Arbor Attorneys Named to IP Stars for 2013 by Managing IP: Four attorneys from the Ann Arbor office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione have been recognized as IP Stars for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for their insights into the intricacies of practicing IP law and their experience serving clients in various industries and technology sectors. Eleven Brinks attorneys were selected firm-wide. Brinks Ann Arbor attorneys named were Lawrence G. Almeda, Joshua E. Ney, Steven L. Oberholtzer, the Ann Arbor office’s managing partner, and Eric J. Sosenko. Also included was Brinks’ president, Michigan native and University of Michigan graduate, James R. Sobieraj. One of the country’s largest IP law firms, Brinks specializes in serving clients in scientific research and technology. In 2013, Managing IP named Brinks Firm of the Year – Midwest for Trademark Contentious. Managing IP also recognized the firm for its work in the Patent Prosecution, Trademark Prosecution and Patent Contentious categories, in the Midwest. Managing IP’s IP Stars ranks market-leading attorneys at top US law firms, emphasizing editorial coverage of firms’ capabilities and analyzing attorneys to reflect their specific expertise. IP Stars will be published online at, a searchable portal to Managing IP’s legal market commentary, news on major cases, and other updates on the legal profession. Managing IP is part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group. Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More at