Lawrence G. Almeda
Shareholder
Overview

“If you do not think forward for a client -- know their business, understand their mission, see their future -- you are not truly looking out for their best interests.”

With almost 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, Lawrence G. (“L.G.”) Almeda has helped secure and protect the innovations of the world’s largest corporations and the newest technology-based startups. L.G. chairs the firm’s Nanotechnology Practice Group and Brazil Task Force. He focuses his practice on patent opinions and prosecution in the medical, chemical, nanotechnology, oil, alternative energy, and mechanical arts.

L.G. focuses on advising clients on biomedical products involving a variety of technologies, including filters, occlusion devices, stents, catheters, wire guides, retrieval devices, and delivery systems. He also counsels clients on patent infringement investigations, patent invalidity opinions, patent landscape investigations, and licensing agreements.

With a background in chemical engineering, L.G. held technical positions in the petroleum and plastics sectors prior to his legal career. This direct industry experience has proven to be extremely valuable, especially in managing his teams charged with maintaining and leveraging his clients’ patent portfolios. L.G. understands both the technical and business challenges his clients face as they strive to succeed in competitive markets. As such, he always thinks forward, anticipating his clients’ needs and assessing the impact of the patent solutions he develops for them today on their future operations.

Clients have voiced their appreciation to L.G.’s A+ quality work product, high responsiveness, and full attention to detail. For L.G., it is imperative that he knows a client’s business thoroughly in order to provide tailored counsel that meets their unique business goals. He puts the same effort into developing and leading his client teams, choosing members who provide the best mix of legal talent and experience. In this way, L.G. serves his clients as a true partner, making their goals and challenges his own.

Education
  • LL.M.,
    The John Marshall Law School, 1999
  • J.D.,
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1997
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering
    Purdue University, 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Non-Legal

Unocal Corporation
Process Engineer

Quantum Chemical Corporation
Student Research Engineer

Forward Thinking
alert
October 25, 2016

On October 6th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a greatly anticipated study, the subject ..

 

in the media
October 10, 2016
On October 10, 2016, Legal News mentioned the latest ranking from Managing Intellectual Property which named nine attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione to its annual list of IP Stars.  To read more, please visit here.
in the media
February 05, 2016

On February 4, 2016 Mike Spink, Bill Boudreaux, Jon Beaupre and L.G. Almeda were mentioned in the ...

in the media
May 18, 2015
On May 18, 2015 L.G. Almeda was mentioned in Washtenaw County Legal News in the article, 'Attorney contributes to Asian Americans in Michigan Voices from the Midwest.'  Click here to read more.
in the media
January 22, 2015
Steven Oberholtzer, Lawrence Almeda, William Boudreaux, James Cleland and Eric Sosenko were mentioned in Washtenaw County Legal News for being named Leading Lawyers. Click here to read more.
publication
January 2015
Lawrence G. Almeda drafted the article 'How to Enhance Client Service Practices: Four Tips for New Attorneys,' for the ABA Young Lawyers magazine. Click here to read more.
in the media
January 15, 2015
The news that Steven L. Oberholtzer, Kelly K. Burris, Lawrence (L.G.) Almeda, William R. Boudreaux, James K. Cleland and Eric J. Sosenko were named Leading Lawyers for 2014-2015 was mentioned in the “People and Achievements” section ...
publication
November 11, 2014
On November 11, 2014, the article “Brazil's economic growth may be aided by increased understanding of IP protection”, written by LG Almeda, was published in Crain’s Detroit Business. Click here to read more.
in the media
July 03, 2014
LG Almeda was featured in the article, 'Jiu Jitsu Journey,' in the Macomb County section of LegalNews.com on July 3, 2014. Click here to read more.
in the media
July 01, 2014
On July 1, 2014 LG Almeda's Jiu Jitsu experience was mentioned in the Oakland County section of LegalNews.com. Click here to read more.
in the media
June 12, 2014
On June 12, 2014, Steve Oberholtzer, LG Almeda, Eric Sosenko and Joshua Ney were mentioned on MLive.com in their “People & Achievements” section for being named “2014 IP Stars” in Managing Intellectual Property ...
in the media
May 16, 2014
LG Almeda was featured in the article, 'Jiu Jitsu Journey,' in the Jackson County section of LegalNews.com on May 15. Click here to read more.
publication
May 15, 2014
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publication
April 01, 2011
Lawrence G. Almeda was profiled in the “Leaders in the Law” supplement to Michigan Lawyers Weekly on March 1, 2011. Mr. Almeda was one of 25 Michigan lawyers recognized for their accomplishments in the legal field.
publication
October 14, 2010
Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda was profiled in the AnnArbor.com article “Executive Profile: LG Almeda, Intellectual Property Attorney and Shareholder, Brinks, Gilson & Lione,” on October 14, 2010. Read the article here.
publication
July/August 2010
Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Lawrence G. Almeda was named a Diversity Business Leader in the article titled “Driving Diversity Forward” in the July/August 2010 issue of Corp! Magazine. The annual Salute to Diversity issue recognized ...
publication
October 2004
This paper was published in Optics & Photonics News and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, ...
Presentations
  • "Nano to Dough: Challenges and Approaches to Nano Funding and Commercialization," Nanomanufacturing Summit, Boston, Sept. 5, 2012
  • “The Importance of Freedom to Operate Opinions Before Entering Into the U.S. Market,” Sino-American Patent and Trademark Symposium, Foshan, China and Guangzhou, China, 2010
  • “Intellectual Property,” Moderator, Business Law & Order, Ann Arbor Spark, 2010
  • "US IP Law and Practice," BRIC Intellectual Property Forum, Beijing, China, 2009
  • “Intellectual Property Trends in Nanotechnology,” Moderator, NanoBusiness Alliance Conference, 2009
  • "Patents as Corporate Assets: Which Way is the Wind Blowing?" NAPABA 2008 Convention, 2008
  • "Issues in Intellectual Property Licensing," Invention to Venture: Workshops in Technology Entrepreneurship, 2008
  • "What is Patentable About Your Product or Business?" Ann Arbor IT Zone Seminar, 2007
  • "Intellectual Property Protection for Your Business," Washtenaw Community College, 2005
  • "Intellectual Property: An Outlook on Patents and Trade Secrets," IMRA America Seminar, 2004
  • "Avoiding Pre-Filing Pitfalls in Protecting Biomedical Innovation," University of Michigan Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy International Symposium on Development and Manufacturing Needs in Health Care Industries, 2003
  • "Basics of Intellectual Property," Presentation at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Eastern Michigan University, 2003
  • "Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights," Washtenaw Community College, 2002 and 2003
Press Releases & Events
May 19, 2016
ANN ARBOR –Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) named nine attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., to its annual list of IP Stars. The attorneys with Michigan connections ...
May 19, 2016
CHICAGO—For the third year in a row, Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) has designated intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Illinois office as Highly Recommended in its annual rankings, and has ranked the ...
June 01, 2015
CHICAGO—Nine attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named IP Stars for 2015 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. For the second year in a row, the publication also designated Brinks' offices ...
May 26, 2015
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces three attorneys from the Ann Arbor office are among 10 Brinks attorneys selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to ...
May 18, 2015
ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is a contributing author to Asian Americans in Michigan – Voices ...
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
June 06, 2014
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces four attorneys from the Ann Arbor office are among 14 Brinks attorneys selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to ...
June 03, 2014
CHICAGO—Fourteen attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to appear in its second edition of IP Stars for 2014. Brinks attorneys named include firm ...
January 17, 2014
ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Six shareholders from the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, have been named or reappointed firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and ...
January 14, 2014
CHICAGO -- Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has announced the 2014 chairpersons of its legal and industry practice groups and geographic task forces. The firm added a new practice group ...
April 25, 2013
ANN ARBOR – Four attorneys from the Ann Arbor office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been recognized as IP Stars for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for their insights into the intricacies ...
April 24, 2013
CHICAGO – Eleven attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks 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 ...
January 31, 2013
ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., was reappointed to serve as chair of the Michigan Advisory Committee of ...
January 15, 2013
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has added four new attorneys as chairs of its firm-wide practice groups and formed two new task forces to focus on intellectual property legal services to clients in Germany and Brazil. Appointees include ...
January 14, 2013
ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Six attorneys from the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named or reappointed to firm-wide Practice Group Chairs within the Firm for ...
January 09, 2013
ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., was appointed by the Trustees of Central Michigan University to serve as ...
November 06, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a conference chair at The Battery Show 2012, to be held ...
September 20, 2012
CHICAGO – The 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition has named 24 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione in the categories of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property – Litigation respectively. The following Brinks attorneys are ...
September 5, 2012
On September 5, Lawrence G. Almeda will be moderating the panel discussion "Nano to Dough: Challenges and Approaches to Nano Funding and Commercialization" at the Nanomanufacturing Summit 2012 in Boston, MA.
August 28, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a moderator for a panel discussion at the NanoBusiness ...
June 27, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., participated in an event sponsored by the American Citizens for Justice (ACJ) on ...
Honors
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Legal 500, Recommended Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2014
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2014
  • Leader in the Law Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2011
  • Diversity Business Leader, Corp! magazine, 2010
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009-2011, 2014
  • Law Review, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Affiliations
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights
    • Chair, State Advisory Committee, 2009-2011
    • Member, State Advisory Committee, 2007-2009
  • Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission
    • Secretary and Council Member, 2009-2011
  • Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs
    • Secretary, 2008-2011
    • Council Member, 2007-2011
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2007-2009
    • Chair, Business Law Section, 2006-2008
    • Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, 2004-2006
  • Leadership Detroit, Graduate Class of 2007
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Board of Governors, Central Region Governor, 2009-2011
  • Board of Governors, Alternate Regional Governor, 2007-2008
  • Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • President, 2006-2007
    • Vice President, 2005-2006
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Executive Council Member, Young Lawyers Section, 2002-2004
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
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