Sandra is Of Counsel for Traverse Legal and brings with her a broad business background, focusing her law practice on assisting companies of all sizes with technology development, intellectual property protection, and resolving disputes. Sandra has particularly enjoyed helping companies of all sizes commercialize new ideas, serving such clients as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and various technology incubators, including the Michigan Biotech Institute.
As General Counsel for the commercialization arm of the Michigan Biotech Institute, Grand River Technologies, Sandra served as intellectual property counsel and business advisor to 13 separate biotech spin-off companies.
Sandra has also represented several spin-off companies from University research projects. These companies employed various forms of joint development and licensing between themselves and foreign corporations, local Universities, local and national laboratories, defense and other federal agencies, manufacturing companies, and distribution agents.
Sandra serves as a certified Arbitrator and Mediator on several panels, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”), the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the National Arbitration Forum (the Forum), the American Arbitration Association, the National Center for Dispute Settlement, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel for the Library of Congress. Sandra frequently conducts Case Evaluations for local, state and federal courts and is a member of various Michigan Court-certified Mediator lists.
Sandra’s mediation experience ranges from neighborhood disputes to complex international patent disputes, including a dispute between Japanese and American joint venture partners over multi-million dollar corn-based products.
Sandra served as Counsel to General Dynamics Land Systems, an armored vehicle manufacturer, and KMS Fusion, a research and development company working on cold fusion, and ruggedized computers for military applications, among other projects. She was also General Counsel to Wise Solutions, a company offering installation software globally.
Sandra’s defense contracting experience began as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in the mid-80’s, where she was responsible for all of the computer procurement contracts for the Army.
Specializing in ADR cases involving technology, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, infringement, employee disputes, government contracts, IT, biotechnology and joint development disputes.
Sandra recently served as the sole Panelist hearing a multi-million dollar Arbitration involving medical equipment licensing. Sandra also served on a Panel hearing a complex pharmaceutical patent infringement Arbitration with billion-dollar market implications. She has served as an Arbitrator in hundreds of disputes involving patent infringement, technology development, software development, publishing, biotechnology, trademarks, defense contracting, and a host of general commercial cases. She has decided hundreds of ICANN domain name disputes.