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Troy, Mich.—August 1, 2022— Intellectual property law firm Fishman Stewart PLLC is pleased to announce that Barbara L. Mandell, a partner in the firm, has been included in the Influential Women of Law Class of 2022 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The honorees, who will be recognized at a September 23 luncheon event at the Detroit Marriott – Troy, are committed to excellence in the practice of law and are inspiring and accomplished leaders who serve as mentors to others and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono initiatives.

Mandell’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, copyright and trademark law and intellectual property law. She litigates, arbitrates and counsels her clients on patent, trademark and licensing matters, theft of trade secrets, breach of license and franchise agreements, trade dress and copyright infringement claims, and counterfeiting, unfair competition and false advertising claims. Additionally, she is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has presided over almost 60 arbitrations, both as a solo and on a panel.

Mandell has been influencing the legal profession since she first came to Michigan from Washington, D.C., in 1984, where she had been an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, litigating antitrust cases of national significance. When she arrived in Detroit, she joined the Honigman law firm as its first female litigator. Women were so new to the practice that, at her first oral argument in the Eastern District of Michigan, after approaching the podium and saying, “May it please the Court,” the judge looked incredulous and, peering at her over his glasses, asked Mandell, “Are you a lawyer?”

Mandell mentors up and coming women attorneys in intellectual property law and is a member of FAIR, the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity. She holds a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.).

In addition to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Influential Women of Law honor, Mandell has received several other legal honors in her career, including multiple years as a Michigan Super Lawyer, Best Lawyer, Leading Lawyer and DBusiness Top Lawyer.

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