We are very pleased to announce that Rich MacMillan has been elected President of the Toledo Bar Association. His term extends from July of 2017 to June of 2018.
SRich has been an active member of the Toledo Bar Association for 37 years. During the last three years, he served as Third Vice President and then Second Vice President. He currently serves on the Intellectual Property, Long Range Planning, and Bar Applicants Committees. In the past, he has also served on the Membership, Grievance, Grievance Investigation, and Citizens Dispute Settlement Committees. During the course of this year, Rich hopes to further advance the TBA goals of providing service to its members and to assist those members in serving the legal profession and the community.
A lifelong resident of Sylvania, Rich graduated from Sylvania (now Northview) High School. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with honors from Purdue University and his law degree with honors from The Ohio State University.
Rich began his legal career as an associate attorney at the intellectual property law firm of Fraser, Barker, Purdue & Clemens in Toledo. He then became a resident partner of the Toledo office of the national intellectual property law firm Willian, Brinks, Olds, Hofer, Gilson & Lione. In 1986, Rich founded MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd LLC. He is currently managing partner of the firm, which includes 23 attorneys and has offices in Toledo, Ohio, Livonia, Mich., and Fort Collins, Colo.
Rich's legal practice primarily includes domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution (including appeals within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office), infringement evaluation and analysis, and the licensing of technology. He counsels clients in strategic management in the creation and maintenance of intellectual property portfolios. He has experience in litigation of intellectual property matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. He is also a trained and experienced mediator for the Court of Common Pleas in Lucas County and in the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program of the Municipal Court of Toledo.
Rich is a member and past president of the Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Intellectual Property Law Section) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
In addition to his professional activities, Rich has also been active in the community. He is currently treasurer of several political action committees supporting school levy and other community issues. He has been an active participant in a variety of school booster organizations (academic, athletic, band, choir, and theater) and has coached a variety of youth sports.
Rich has been married to his loving wife Laura for 32 years. They have three children: son Jim is an architect in Louisville; daughter Amy teaches dance in Philadelphia; and daughter Kelly performs at Cedar Point and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.