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Richard A. Gaffin


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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Counseling


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • Bachelor of Science - 1976
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inns of Court, Master
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inns of Court, Member
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • American Arbitration Association, Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas


  • Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Michigan Best Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Kentwood Economic Development Corporation, President
  • Kentwood Educational Foundation, Trustee
  • Kentwood Hockey and Skating Association, Former Board Member
  • Cherry Health Foundation, Board Member
  • Kentwood Educational Foundation, President

Published Works

  • Nuclear Plant Construction Litigation, Federal Publications, 1984
  • Computerized Litigation Support: An In-house Ally to the Medium-sized Law Firm, Computer Law Reporter, March, 1983
  • Author, Michigan Chapter of Business Torts: A Fifty State Guide, Wolters Kluwer