Michael Best is pleased to announce that partner Marshall Schmitt has been named 2019-2020 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary International District 6450, Inc. Schmitt shares the honor with Steven Smutny and Rachel Ossyra of the Rotary Clubs of Chicago, Near South, and Naperville, respectively.
“I’m humbled to receive this award and to be considered a respected peer among so many leaders who have come before in serving their communities,” said Schmitt. “I’ve been a Rotarian for more than 20 years, and I remain dedicated to strengthening local and international communities to bring about meaningful change alongside my fellow Rotarians.”
Last June, Schmitt was installed as the 116th President of the Rotary Club of Chicago, also known as ROTARY/One, where he is responsible for overseeing the club’s strategic direction and programming, including defining the club’s membership and service priorities, managing the committees that coordinate ROTARY/One’s local and international service projects, raising awareness of the Club, increasing its membership, and hosting weekly meetings and speaker programs.
The Rotary Club of Chicago is the original Rotary Club, founded in 1905 in Chicago. It is now one of 34,000+ clubs that are part of the larger global network of 1.2 million Rotarians who have assumed a shared responsibility to take action against some of the most persistent and troublesome issues facing the world, including disease prevention, access to clean water, education support initiatives, and promotion of peace.
At Michael Best, Schmitt counsels clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including litigation. He focuses his practice on patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, antitrust, and contract disputes for clients in the chemical, manufacturing, and biotechnology industries. In addition to his trial and appellate practices, he also assists clients in developing strategies for obtaining and enforcing their intellectual property rights and resolving intellectual property disputes.
For more information on Rotary District 6450 or the district’s 2019-2020 awards, please see here.