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Max and Joy Sneyd featured in Downtown Newsmagazine

January 10, 2018

Kerr Russell member Max Sneyd and his wife Joy were featured in Downtown Newsmagazine attending the Detroit International Wine Auction.

“The amazing transformation of the Downtown Boxing​ Gym into a glamorous lounge and nightclub (a la Las Vegas in the heyday of prizefighting) was the vision of  ‘my creative wife and better half (Danialle),’ said Peter Karmanos, Jr. The event co-chair was speaking to 480 College for Creative Studies​ supporters. They were at the former bookbinding factory in which, 10 years ago,  Khali Sweeney opened a non-profit, after-school, academic and athletic refuge for boys and girls from Detroit’s toughest neighborhoods. (Check out its remarkable success at Before guests adjourned for dinner and the live auction they had bid $68,500 in the silent auction of CCS alums’ art (see photo gallery for some lots) and wine during the Vintner’s Private Reception. It also featured a splendid variety of 10 pours from Bodegas Torres, the featured vintner. Maestro Fritz Hatton masterfully conducted an extraordinary live auction. The top bid was $100,000 for a dinner for six with General Motors​ CEO Mary and Tony Barra at Fleming's​ in Livonia. This brought the live auction total to $750,000. Combined with pledges ($88,500) and generous sponsors (see photo gallery), the 36th annual Art of Wine DIWA raised $2.4-million for CCS scholarships and community art programs plus $1-million from Danialle and Pete to support CCS’s Fashion Accessories Design program. Next year’s featured vintner will be former Bloomfielders Craig and Kathryn Hall, now Napa Valley winemakers.”

Max Sneyd has 20 years of experience in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and business law and leads the firm's Intellectual Property practice group.  He appears regularly before state, federal and appellate courts on matters related to all aspects of civil business litigation.  In addition, he utilizes alternative dispute resolution methodologies to achieve positive results outside of the courtroom.

Max focuses his practice particularly on intellectual property protection and litigation, business torts, entertainment law and supplier disputes.  He has extensive experience prosecuting trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as litigating trademark disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Outside of the litigation context, Max regularly assists clients in negotiating technology licenses and other intellectual property agreements.

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