H. Lawrence Smith is Of Counsel to the firm. Larry has more than 40 years experience in all aspects of intellectual property law and practice. He has worked both in corporate law departments and in law firms. He has particularly extensive experience in the field of agreements affecting intellectual property of all types.
Larry was previously a partner at Rader, Fishman & Grauer’s former Grand Rapids office. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the Grand Rapids firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt and Howlett, an Assistant General Counsel at Continental Can Company, Inc. in Connecticut, and a Patent Attorney at Borg-Warner Corporation in Chicago.
Larry has served as an Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at Cooley Law School since 1987. Also, as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, he was an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Notre Dame, teaching Marine Engineering and Navigation. He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Larry is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Larry is a Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.