Attorney and shareholder at Detroit’s Butzel, Mitchell “Mitch” Zajac has been appointed vice chair of Western Michigan University (WMU) Cooley Law School’s Board of Directors. He was named to the Board in 2020.
Zajac is a member of Butzel’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group, one of the firm’s largest practices areas. His practice also includes a focus on automotive, intellectual property, regulatory and emissions compliance, sports law, and others. He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
He has practiced in six federal courts, the U.S. Patent Office, the Court of International Trade, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Zajac has helped several clients manage and craft IP portfolios in other unique industries, like medicine, light-weighting, and industrial manufacturing.
Earlier this year, Zajac was named to DBusiness magazine’s 2022 Class of “30 in Their Thirties,” which profiles metro Detroit business professionals who have achieved notable success in their respective fields. He also was named to DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers of Metro Detroit, Intellectual Property and Patent Law in 2021 and 2022.
Zajac attended WMU-Cooley and earned his J.D. in 2017 after graduating from WMU with bachelors’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German in 2012 and a master’s in mechanical engineering in 2013.