Erin Morgan Klug
Erin Morgan Klug is a patent attorney at Varnum’s Novi office where she practices in the field of intellectual property. She focuses her practice on all aspects of IP including patent procurement, trademarks, copyrights, licensing and IP litigation and represents a wide range of clients ranging from auto suppliers to solo entrepreneurs. Ms. Klug earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH and her B.S. of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Erin is a Director at Large of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court. She is an advisor for entrepreneurs with the ACTiVATE program of Inforum and for the Central Michigan University Research Corporation. Erin was recently named a 2015 Top Lawyer in the field of IP by Michigan Top Lawyers and is a member of the Oakland County Executive’s 40 Under 40 class of 2016.
Immediate Past President
Kristen Pursley is the managing shareholder at The Dobrusin Law Firm, an Intellectual Property boutique firm located in Pontiac, Michigan. Ms. Pursley graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is currently the Events Chair for the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court and a Business Advisory Board Member at the Macomb-OU INCubator. She is also a past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, a Trustee for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation and a Board Member for Encore Performing Arts Center which oversees the Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac. Ms. Pursley represents clients who are tier-one suppliers for the automotive industry, medical diagnostic and device manufacturers, and consumer product and packaging producers.
Tanya has been actively involved with the WBA since 2012. She is currently the Director of Career Services & Outreach at Detroit Mercy Law, where she also serves as the advisor for the Women’s Law Caucus. She previously practiced law at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in the professional liability defense group, representing attorneys, real estate salespeople, and other professionals. Tanya is also active in the Oakland County Bar Association and the Northville Democratic Club. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2003 and her law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State Law School in 2007, where she served as a member of the Student Board of Governors and was an assistant editor for the Wayne Law Review. When she is not working, Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and is an avid University of Michigan sports fan.
Samantha has been actively involved with the Women’s Bar Association for several years and is serving her fifth year on the executive board. She also serves as a Director at Large for the state organization, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (“WLAM”). Samantha is an associate attorney in Garan Lucow Miller P.C.’s Grand Blanc office, where she practices insurance defense litigation and defends a variety of personal injury and property damage claims. Samantha serves the community as a member of the Board of Directors for New Gateways, Inc., a non-profit organization that enriches life for adults with mild to severe multiple developmental disabilities by offering choices and community involvement. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, which was founded to protect the world’s greatest freshwater resource and the communities that depend upon it. Samantha earned her law degree cum laude from Wayne State University Law School, where she served as a member of the school’s Student Board of Governors as well as on the Student Trial Advocacy team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan – Flint. Samantha annually volunteers to serve as a judge for the Michigan Center for Civic Education’s high school Mock Trial competition and Co-Chairs the National Trial Advocacy Competition (“NTAC”) through the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section.
Katherine Pacynski is a patent attorney at The Dobrusin Law Firm, an Intellectual Property firm located in Pontiac, Michigan. Her practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, filed in the U.S. and internationally, with a number of clients involved in the chemical arts and the automotive industry. Ms. Pacynski graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering, and she was also a member of the varsity cheerleading team while at U of M. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law, graduating magna cum laude, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Michigan State Law Review. Ms. Pacynski is currently the Recording Secretary of the Women’s Bar Association and is also an active member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court.
Silvia Alexandria Mansoor
Silvia is an attorney at Dean & Fulkerson, P.C. in Troy, which specializes in corporate, real estate, transportation, and labor & employment practice areas. She obtained her Marketing degree from Wayne State University and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. She became involved with the WBA soon after graduating law school in 2014.
In addition to her involvement with the WBA, Silvia is also actively involved with the Oakland County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section. When she is not giving back to the legal community, you can find Silvia involved with Detroit’s startup scene. She has previously coached at Startup Weekend – Detroit and has helped organize Detroit Startup Week.
Silvia’s interests include bicycling, keeping up on technology trends, and trying out new restaurants.
Erin is an associate attorney at Kelly & Kelly, P.C. where her practice focuses on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, paternity, and child custody and support.
Erin graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team, and served as an executive board member of the Moot Court Board, and the Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers. During law school, Erin interned for the Honorable Kathryn A. Viviano, volunteered with Common Ground, and was a student attorney with the Family Law Assistance Project.
Erin is a member of the State Bar of Michigan; State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section; and the Oakland County Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section. She is the Recording Secretary for the Women’s Bar Association of the Oakland Region, and the Vice President of the Northville Kiwanis Club.
Kristina is a Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School graduate and practices family law with Findling Law, P.L.C. in Royal Oak. She obtained her LL.M. in Criminal Law and Advocacy in January 2016. Passionate about education, Kristina has assisted with teaching multiple classes at Cooley and has been a guest lecturer at Oakland Community College. Currently, she teaches the Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation class for the Summer Skills Academy at the Cooley Auburn Hills campus. In addition to serving on the WBA Board, she serves on the Executive Council for the Young Lawyers Section for the State of Michigan, WLAM Domestic Violence and Gender Equity Boards, ABA Law Student Outreach Team, Oakland County Inns of Court, and volunteers regularly for various mock trial events.