Michael “Max” Sneyd focuses his practice on assisting clients with business issues, intellectual property protection, contract formation and negotiation, and entrepreneurial growth. With 25 years of experience, he leads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group.
Max has a broad range of expertise assisting clients navigate business issues from a legal perspective. He has considerable experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, terms and conditions of sale and master agreements for the sale of goods or provision of services. As chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Max’s practice focuses on protection, licensing and enforcement of clients’ intangible rights.
He appears regularly before state, federal and appellate courts on matters related to all aspects of civil business litigation, including supplier disputes, intellectual property infringement actions and business torts. Max also utilizes alternative dispute resolution methodologies to achieve positive results outside of the courtroom.
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. Max also regularly assists clients in negotiating technology licenses and other intellectual property agreements. He particularly enjoys helping entrepreneurs grow mere ideas into viable, thriving businesses.
Max’s clients have included public and private companies in the technology, manufacturing, professional services, entertainment, transportation and retail industries. He serves as corporate counsel for a number of businesses, handling their various legal needs.
A respected attorney and author, Max regularly presents seminars and publishes articles on business and intellectual property matters. He also holds regular office hours at TechTown Detroit for its “Ask an Expert” Program.
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- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan
- Intellectual Property Section
- Litigation Section
- TechTown Detroit
- Professional Service Network
- Ask an Expert Program, Resident Legal Expert
- Fox Hills Community Association, President
Bar and Court Admissions
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Michigan Court of Appeals
- Hon. Martin M. Doctoroff, Chief Judge Michigan Court of Appeals
- Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
- Miami University, B.A.
Insights & News
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September 15, 2020
Max Sneyd Discusses Force Majeure Clauses During A Global Pandemic On OESA's Automotive Insider Podcast
August 25, 2020
May 18, 2020
March 17, 2020
March 12, 2020
November 25, 2019
June 4, 2019
November 9, 2018
Wayne State students partner with Kerr Russell to create a non-profit organization to provide meals to those in need in Metro Detroit.
September 18, 2018
June 24, 2018
Max Sneyd presents "Starting Your Start Up Right" to capacity crowd at Detroit TechStars Start Up Week
April 23, 2018
Kerr Russell colleagues and family members spend Earth Day 2018 volunteering at Votrobeck Playground
March 16, 2018
Kerr Russell's Max Sneyd quoted in Forbes' article "First Death Of A Pedestrian Struck By An Autonomous Vehicle May Set Tone For Lawyers And Liability"
January 26, 2018
December 18, 2017
Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan
November 30, 2017
November 30, 2017
November 16, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 3, 2017
November 1, 2017
Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
October 6, 2017
September 27, 2017
business Magazine covers Kerr Russell's participation in Detroit Chinese Business Association International Golf Outing
August 15, 2017
Max Sneyd interviewed for MLive article "Yes, Red Wings could go after hate groups using their logo"
August 10, 2017
April 20, 2017
November 10, 2016
DeLine and Sneyd prevail in issue of first impression in auto supplier dispute pending in Wayne County Business Court
April 10, 2016
Max Sneyd and Jacquelyn Klima obtained a $3.7 million judgment and a permanent injunction for Nedschroef Detroit Corp. in a federal case involving trademark infringement and the theft of trade secrets. The judgment was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court
December 29, 2013
Max Sneyd authors "Controlling Corporate Information on Personal Devices" for the Kerr Russell Intellectual Property Newsletter
October 11, 2013
Max Sneyd authors "Choosing a Name for Your Business, a Trademark Perspective" for the Kerr Russell IP Newsletter
March 13, 2013
Max Sneyd authors "Is Your Business Protected from Cybersquatters?" for the Kerr Russell Intellectual Property Newsletter
Representing a national recording artist in a trademark dispute regarding junior user’s adoption of an infringing stage name
Enforcing the registered service mark of a well-known transportation company against multiple infringers
Representing a Tier I auto supplier in a contract dispute regarding tooling and re-sourcing
General Counsel to startup manufacturer of electric vehicles