Six associate attorneys from Dickinson Wright PLLC have been elected members to the firm’s Detroit and Troy offices. They are:
Farayha Arrine, who will practice in high-stakes commercial litigation with a focus on banking, financial, and insurance litigation as well as class action defense and eminent domain litigation. Arrine is experienced in all phases of complex, commercial litigation from managing large-scale electronic discovery and deposing witnesses to motion practice and oral argument in both state and federal court.
Arrine, of Bloomfield Township, is a member of the Defense Research Institute’s Young Lawyers Section, the State Bar of Michigan, and a board member of the Michigan Muslim Bar Association. She served as a federal judicial intern to the Honorable Denise Page Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She will be based in the Detroit office.
Arrine received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her juris doctor from Wayne State University Law School.
Eric Bergeron will serve as counsel to lenders in a range of loan transactions, including single-bank and syndicated middle market, asset-based, and international credit facilities, participations, and intercreditor agreements, among others.
He is also counsel to lenders in workouts, loan modifications, and loan sales, including negotiating forbearance agreements and liquidation agreements, disposition of collateral, representation in bankruptcy proceedings, and orderly wind-downs of borrower’s operations. He will operate from the Detroit office.
Bergeron, of Westland, received his Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University and his juris doctor from the College of William & Mary School of Law.
Steven Hurles focuses his practice on intellectual property, particularly in the area of patent prosecution. He has significant experience in the mechanical arts with a particular focus on inventions related to the automotive industry.
On behalf of the firm’s clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors, he handles all aspects of patent application preparation and prosecution including responses to office actions, appeals, oppositions, reexaminations and reissue applications. He also prepares patentability opinions, patent infringement opinions and freedom to operate opinions. He also specializes in patent litigation support and has experience working on cases in the International Trade Commission. He will be based in the Troy office.
Hurles, of White Lake, received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and his juris doctor from Michigan State University College of Law.
Amy Kwiatkowski will focus her practice on corporate law. She serves as counsel to buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries and provides counsel to clients regarding general business and corporate planning issues, including business formation, corporate governance and dissolution issues for all entity types. Kwiatkowski is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section and the Women Lawyers’ Association of Michigan. She will work in the Detroit office.
Kwiatkowski, of Royal Oak, received her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and her juris doctor from Wayne State University School of Law.
Bryan Schomer will work in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office where he will focus on intellectual property and intellectual property litigation. He assists clients in patent application preparation and prosecution worldwide and routinely prepares intellectual property opinions, including patentability opinions, non-infringement opinions, and validity/invalidity opinions.
He is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Intellectual Property Association.
Schomer, of St. Clair Shores, received his Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University, his MBA from Wayne State University, and his juris doctor from Wayne State University School of Law.
Benjamin Sobczak will work in the firm’s Troy office where he will focus on commercial & business litigation. He has planned, researched and drafted oppositions to class certification in a multi-million dollar national class action litigation. He has also argued cases before the 6th Circuit of Appeals and tried several one-day trials/evidentiary hearings before various state courts on a wide range of legal issues.
He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.
Sobczak, of Waterford, received his Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University and his juris doctor from Wayne State University School of Law.