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R. Michael Azzi

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography

Mike Azzi focuses his legal practice on complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. Mike enjoys delving into detailed facts, ideas and situations and then distilling them into clear and concise legal arguments when advocating for his clients.

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Education

  • University of Illinois J.D. 2010 summa cum laude
  • University of Illinois B.S. 2007 Mechanical Engineering cum laude

Admitted

  • 2010, Michigan
  • 2010, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Courts

  • Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • E.D. Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Michigan

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Honorable Robert J. Jonker 2011-12

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Represents leading sporting goods manufacturer in protecting and prosecuting patent rights against a number of competitors within the industry
  • Represents hunting equipment manufacturer and distributor in protecting its intellectual property rights
  • Represented multiple clients in enforcing non-competition and non-disclosure agreements to protect trade secrets in highly competitive industries
Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Litigation
  • Regularly represents financial institutions to enforce their rights under loan, mortgage and security agreements, resulting in several favorable disposition rulings and settlement agreements
  • Represented finance client in bench trial relating to mortgage and loan dispute, obtaining a favorable settlement after trial
  • Represents commercial clients in a variety of bankruptcy matters, both pre- and post-filing 
Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Represented multiple employers in enforcing non-compete and non-solicitation agreements against departing employees
  • Defended several employees against lawsuits relating to non-solicitation agreements
  • Regularly represents employers in unemployment benefit disputes before the Unemployment Insurance Agency; also represented employers on subsequent appeals

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2016-Present
  • Order of the Coif
  • Managing Editor, University of Illinois Law Review, 2009-10
  • Moot Court Board of Editors, 2009-10

Publications

One Court of Justice Blog

Leadership

Community Affiliations

  • Artists Creating Together
    Member, Board of Directors (2016-Present)
  • Grand Rapids City High School Mock Trial Course Instructor (2010-11)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Trade Secrets and the Automobile," Emerging Intellectual Property Legal Trends for 2017 and Beyond, OESA seminar, November 7, 2017, Troy, Michigan
  • "Protecting Your Business with Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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