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Associate

Patricia S. Hertel

Holland
Secretary

Heather Bruce

Biography

Patricia Hertel is a business attorney in West Michigan who practices in the areas of business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and internet law. She previously worked as in-house counsel at a private lending company near Seattle, WA.

Patricia graduated with a B.A. in English from Calvin College. She earned her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a graduate of the MSU Law Trial Practice Institute, and worked as a summer associate at Smith Haughey drafting motions and trial court briefs. She also gained experience in online defamation assessments while interning at a small boutique firm in Traverse City. While earning her J.D. she focused her studies on intellectual property law. In 2013 she had the opportunity to travel to Croatia where she studied internet law and international copyright law within the European Union.

Patricia works primarily with businesses to support their wide-ranging business needs, along with their intellectual property requirements. She assists with trademark applications, monitoring, and enforcement, as well as general inquiries related to licensing, copyrights and contractual agreements.

A Grand Rapids native, Patty is happy to be back in the area. When she is not in the office she enjoys cooking, traveling, sailing, and exploring West Michigan with her dog Walter. 


Previous Experience

Juniper Capital, In-House Counsel, 2017-2018

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Associate Attorney, 2015-2016

Traverse Legal, Virtual Clerk (2014-2015)

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Summer Associate (2014)

Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office, Summer Extern (2013)

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Legal Intern (2011)

Affiliations

  • Detroit Red Wings Training Camp, volunteer (2011, 2013, 2014)

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015)
  • Calvin College (B.A., 2011)

Admitted

  • State Bar of Michigan, 2015

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