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Quintessential IP trio recognized as DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2024

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Troy, Mich.—November 7, 2023—Intellectual property specialty law firm Fishman Stewart PLLC is pleased to announce that three firm attorneys have been named to DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers list for 2024.  To assemble its annual compendium, DBusiness distributed an online peer-review survey to certified lawyers within the metro Detroit area to seek out excellence in the legal field. Inclusion in Top Lawyers is based solely upon one’s peer group standing.

The following attorneys were credited with excellence in the following Top Lawyers categories:

  • Michael D. Fishman: 2024 Top Lawyer in ‘Intellectual Property & Patent Law’
    A founding member of the firm, Partner Michael Fishman has over 30 years of experience in trademark law, related licensing and litigation, and other disciplines of intellectual property law. As a veteran trademark attorney, Fishman has built a flourishing trademark practice managing the trademark portfolios of thousands of U.S. and foreign trademark applications and registrations—and serving a wide range of industries.


  • Barbara L. Mandell: 2024 Top Lawyer in ‘Litigation – Intellectual Property’
    Partner Barbara Mandell has over 35 years of experience in complex litigation. Her practice is focused on litigating, arbitrating and counseling her clients on patent, trademark and licensing matters as well as antitrust law. She recently had an arbitration award confirmed in a complex patent arbitration case in which she presided as chair.


  • Michael B. Stewart: 2024 Top Lawyer in ‘Intellectual Property & Patent Law’
    A co-founder of the firm, master’s level engineer and registered patent attorney, Partner Michael Stewart has over 30 years of experience as a valued strategic adviser to CEOs and senior executives across the globe.  He uses his substantial experience in managing worldwide intellectual property portfolios and engaging in complex adverse proceedings, including litigation, to maximize the scope of intellectual property protection and beneficial usage.

In addition to DBusiness Top Lawyers accolades, the three were named 2023 Leading Lawyers, 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers, and 2024 Best Lawyers® earlier this year.

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