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Fishman Stewart partner Michael Fishman named to 2022 class of Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

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Troy, Mich.—October 13, 2022— Intellectual property law firm Fishman Stewart PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael Fishman, a founding firm partner, has been included in the 2022 class of Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The honorees, who will be recognized at a luncheon event at the Detroit Marriott – Troy on December 2, have demonstrated tremendous leadership and expertise in diverse areas of the law and were selected for setting the standard for other lawyers through their outstanding contributions to the practice of law and the justice system in Michigan.  

Fishman’s practice focuses on managing trademark portfolios of varying size, including large portfolios consisting of thousands of U.S. and foreign trademark applications and registrations. A veteran trademark attorney, he has filed, prosecuted, and maintained thousands of U.S. trademark applications and registrations and, when it was awarded, was a recipient of the “Top U.S. Trademark Filer” award, which recognized the top 20 U.S. application filers in the United States each year. Industries served include banking, insurance, automotive, consumer goods, sports and entertainment, certification programs, computer hardware and software, food and beverage, telecommunications, and medical and scientific products and services.

Fishman has also managed the filing, prosecution, and maintenance of thousands of applications and registrations in a multitude of jurisdictions outside of the U.S. He has conducted thousands of availability searches and has substantial experience in managing worldwide naming projects and intellectual property due diligence, as well as managing global projects involving trademark clearance and updating ownership records of large trademark portfolios. He also manages numerous contested matters involving the trademark rights of clients across many industries.

Fishman has built his flourishing trademark practice while cultivating and developing talent for Fishman Stewart, which has nearly 25 attorneys doing business globally and domestically. He has lectured on a variety of trademark law topics and is an active, decades-long member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He previously served on the Editorial Board of The Trademark Reporter, INTA’s Association’s leading publication.

In addition to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law honor, Fishman has received several other legal honors in his career, including multiple years as a Michigan Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers in America®, including being thrice named the Best Lawyers in America ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in his region for trademark law; the WTR 1000 (World’s Leading Trademark Professionals); IP Stars in Trademark Law; Leading Lawyers; and DBusiness Top Lawyers. 

Fishman holds a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University.


About Fishman Stewart PLLC

Fishman Stewart helps turn client creativity into valuable intellectual capital. Since its founding in 1996, the firm has obtained tens of thousands of patents and trademark registrations and represented clients in hundreds of cases in Federal Court. As strategic advisers to CEOs and senior executives, Fishman Stewart attorneys develop IP management strategies for U.S. and foreign-based companies to safeguard their business assets throughout the world. To discover how Fishman Stewart leverages intellectual property to effectively increase enterprise value, visit